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Everything Is A Mirror

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“We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.” – Anaïs Nin I remember the first time I picked up a pair of drum sticks. It was twenty years ago, in the midst of a season that found me painfully shy, timid, and self-conscious. However, I never once questioned if I wanted to play the drums. I had absolutely no doubt...
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From Hidden Away To On Display: Clothing Choice + Freedom in Morocco

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This month, I’m feeling a bit trapped. We’re in a big new city with lots to explore, but I can slowly feel the drip-drip-drip of my energy being drained. Its a little bit harder to get the “normal” things taken care of here, like get yourself groceries and go and buy a train ticket all in the same day, while simultaneously trying to figure out a...
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Sometimes I like working in a cubical

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[Originally published on www.apackedsuitcasey.com]Confession time: Sometimes I really like working in a cubical.Silly huh? I break free from the confines of a structured corporate job, have the ability to work from a variety of different places every month, and yet: cube.In the two and a half months I’ve been traveling with Remote Year, I’ve worked from a dorm room, several cafes, my living room, an airplane, a...
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Traveling with a Partner – What We’ve Learned So Far

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While excited to experience this global journey together, we knew it would not be without its moments of challenge and hardship. Although we are dating, we've also maintained fairly independent lives in Seattle - our own living spaces, our own roommates, our own work schedules, etc.  Moving in together is one thing.  Moving in together while traveling to foreign, stress-inducing places is something else entirely...
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Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal

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During our last week in Portugal, we took advantage of an early morning train to see the historic town of Sintra (about 30 minutes Northwest of Lisbon) before work started in the West Coast. A bit strapped for time, we decided to spend the majority of our time at the Quinta da Regaleira, a palace overlooking Sintra and an official World Heritage Site (as classified by UNESCO)....
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Bucket List: Surf In Portugal

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One of my favorite things I’ve done so far on this whole Remote Year journey has to be learning to surf. (or, starting to). From our week away in Ericeira at Helios Bungalows, to our day trip with Shorebreak Waveriding School, all of the options are wonderful, and only a short drive or train ride from Lisbon! If you want to learn (or continue) to surf in...
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Rabat, Morocco

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Salaam, Rabat! We’re only four days in, and so far, Morocco is exactly what I was looking for: I’m feeling energized and re-committed to the idea of traveling for a year. Many of my fellow remotes are using the month to re-center ourselves, going smoke, drink, and sugar-free. (I’m not sure I can do the sugar, because of the delicious moroccan mint tea that is plentiful, and...
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Explore and get insight from friends & locals! 

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Sorry for delayed post!  It has been a busy few weeks and transitioning to a new continent can be tough with many new things to worry about (connectivity, ATM withdrawals, local customs, cultural changes) but will update that in a future post. My goal of the blog is to lay out some details for future travelers who plan on visiting Portugal.  Hopefully this will help...
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Reflections From a Remote Perfectionist

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Over the past 4.5 weeks I have sat down exactly 8 times to write some sort of update on my blog. I know this because I have exactly 8 unfinished drafts  of memories, photos, and  random ideas that are sitting in pieces on my desktop. Which is why it’s probably an appropriate time for me to admit that I, Caitlin Elizabeth, am a perfectionist. And...
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On uncertainty, doubt, and losing a client.

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Originally posted in 2013, I figured this would be relevant to those of you freelancing or dealing with clients and contracts. Edited (a bit!) and updated for here + now. In past decades, our parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents worked hard and innovated. They took chances and met people, tried and failed, and some tried again, and some didn’t, and some succeeded in order to...
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