Libertatem

Packing for a year

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Yesterday I packed all of the clothes that I’ll be bringing with me on my Remote Year. Surprisingly, I’m only taking two carry-ons: one Tortuga backpack and one Columbia weekend bag I found at an outlet store two weeks ago (pic below).What I’m Bringing The above image is what I packed minus a pair of Converse, my laptop, iPad, GoPro, and toiletries. I decided to go pretty...
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Final Farewell to My Father

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Sunday we said a final farewell to my father. Maybe you never stop saying goodbye. I don’t think I will. Dad passed away eight months ago from acute pancreatitis. (Some like to know these details and I don’t mind sharing them. Our minds are quirky and some hang on details like sopping sweaters on hooks.). . .  Entrance to Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Squaw...
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body pump

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body pump
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Since I can’t take all of the alcohol in my apartment with me…

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Since I can’t take all of the alcohol in my apartment with me when I leave in two weeks, I decided to have a “finish the bottle party,” or in my case, bottles.  It seemed like the right thing to do :-). I’m so thankful to everyone who came out to celebrate and say goodbye. 
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The Paradox of Self-Acceptance and Perfectionism

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I often have conversations where I gently encourage a growth mindset and self-acceptance. Being OK with trying new things, doing things you aren’t great at (yet), and daring to “ship it” and put it out there even when you just might fail.Perhaps 1 out of every 10 conversations — yep, I don’t shut up about this stuff — I run into someone who at the end of the conversation...
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first impressions

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Since the creation of our cohort's Facebook group, meet-ups have been proposed in any and all of the cities where there seemed to be a concentration of fellow Libertatems. With Remote Year's monthly rate being $2k, it made sense that the majority of the group would be coming from large cities where that cost wouldn't be felt much by those who are already paying that...
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Just got a GoPro for my remote year and started messing around…

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Just got a GoPro for my remote year and started messing around with it this weekend. I have a lot to learn! Perfect timing, though, a few Remote Year folks in the DC area decided to meetup and hang before our one year journey together. It was a lot of fun meeting some of the people going. Can’t wait to meet the rest of the crew,...
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Remote Rejection Letters

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Rejection is inevitable when applying for jobs in a competitive space like remote-friendly Marketing and Branding. All I need to do is search my inbox for the keyword “unfortunately” and I’ll have a nice, plump stack of rejection letters.Recently, the TED Radio Hour released an episode entitled Nudge about Judgement and Decision-Making science — one of my favorite pastimes. (Some people have sports; some people have the study...
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lomicsa Playlist

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Go ahead and take a listen to the August lomicsa playlist on Spotify. Ethereal and sweet. If you want to join me sitting in the grass with a small picnic and a summer breeze, take a listen.
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taking it to the skies…

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A few weeks ago I was looking up Under30Experiences in hopes of finding ways to feed my wanderlust when I was redirected to Remote Year - a program that takes 75 professionals around the globe for a year.With 130,000 applicants and only 75 spots (7 groups in, so really, 525 spots), I never ever thought I'd even pass the 1st of 3 application stages. Chances were...
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