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Brands That You Love

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Are you in a long-term relationship? I love everything Apple – my iphone, my MacBook Pro, my ipad! I love my Mazda … Zoom Zoom. I love Air Canada and their Aeroplan loyalty program. I’m a loyal fan of my local nail place, even though there are dozens of others to choose from. I love Downton Abbey, though I wouldn’t wear a t-shirt with the...
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Cambodia,The Relaxed Adventure – Part 3: Siem Reap/Buddha/Closing Thoughts

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i'll explain about sound clip at end of post. it's from a performance there. Siem Reap is bite size, tourist friendly, and i would recommend for any level of traveler. i saw many families with even young children enjoying their time. it's an easy place to get in and out of and truly felt like a vacation getaway for me. they accept USD at all...
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Cambodia,The Relaxed Adventure – Part 2: The Countryside

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my favorite trip pic. on the boat ride out to the lake "Orange: The essence of Buddhism which is full of wisdom, strength and dignity." -most common google answer. i was curious about the symbolism. remind me what people did before the internet; i can't remember. easy to collect hitchhikers along the trail So i figured i would get out of town for the 2nd day.  i...
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Cambodia,the relaxed adventure – Part 1: the Temples

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Last weekend i took a trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia. As usual,  having done littel to no research beforehand my expectations were intentionally blank. I knew Angkor Wat was there, obviously, and had heard of a few other temples. Beyond that, I had no set agenda. i had a conversation last week regarding the use of motorcycles in other countries vs. U.S. i was trying to get...
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Know Your Audience – Dog Gone It!

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Everyone loves dogs! Or do they? Dedicated to Dexter We shared our home and family for over 16 years. You brought love, joy and discipline to our lives. While reminding us to be loyal, forgive quickly and enjoy every moment that we are alive. Bless you, Dexter. You are missed. On my recent trip to the United Arab Emirates, I had the honour of speaking...
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In between and rambling

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nice little earth village  "The wisest person is the one who has travelled to the farthest point in the village" -someone on CSi can't tell if i'm getting wiser or just further loosening my grip on the "real" world. perhaps they both are the same.  it's odd how people try so hard to carry around invisible objects all day to create and hold up this mirage....
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The Little Engine That Couldn’t (Coding By Train: Leg 3 Chicago to Denver)

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Our train arrived in Chicago an hour late (a pattern that I’d soon learn is quite common). I can;t say anything about the city itself, as I never left the train station. From the ride into the Windy City, I was only able to make a single assessment: the place looks massive. Without a decent public transit system, I couldn’t imagine trying to make my way...
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Growing Pains

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This one will be a bit dense, so tourists may want to bypass with no offense taken. I tried to think of photos to represent this post, but failed so you get  graph instead.  i often divide my thoughts into 3 categories that help me comprehend life in general: mind, body, soul. i’m in the midst of a growth spurt so i figured i would...
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Coding By Train: Leg 2 (Washington, DC to Chicago)

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After a snack in Union Station, I  boarded the train for Chicago. There was an option to make reservations for dinner in the dining car. Seating was limited and community seating is used, providing an opportunity for you to meet new people. I opted to skip dinner in lieu of hanging out in the observation section with few beers (shocker!). This time the only decent...
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Coding by Train: Leg 1 (Wilson, NC to Washington, DC)

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For the next week and a half, I am experiencing a new form of travel. Rail. Rather than take my normal flight from RDU to DEN for one of our company meetings, I’ve decided to take the scenic route via an Amtrak train. The first leg of the trip is the Palmetto line from Wilson, NC to Washington, DC. Cost The cost of a ticket from Wilson, NC...
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The Girl Can Dream

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The most unexpected thing about aging is the "second guessing" of yourself. Who knew that I would develop hesitancy about setting new goals or embarking on new adventures. In my youth, I was so courageous. I thought anything was possible. I had big dreams and I set after them with laser focus. I recall how boldly I responded at 30-years old to my friend's inquiry,...
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80 Hours to MVP: Kickoff!

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“Begin with the end in mind” – Stephen Covey The first step in our 80 Hours to MVP requires us to make a jump forward in time. For this, we’ll take a cue from author Stephen Covey and “Begin with the End in Mind”. It is the 2nd habit covered in his bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Using visualization, we can prepare...
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I dined at the best restaurant in Latin America and I want my money back

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Expectations are a bitch! Take a minute and think through this with me… You watch an episode of Chef’s Table about a Peruvian Chef that travels the country finding rare and tasty ingredients, many of which aren’t found anywhere else in the world. All of your foodie friends ask you if you’re going to the place while in Lima. They’re named THE BEST restaurant in...
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– Bacalar

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Day 323

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What’s a Friday without a foot massage, fun new Thai pants, and cleaning out your friend’s leftover food (sweet, sweet kraft mac + cheese) before she leaves Remote Year?
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[ color blocking ] t w o . . . . . #iceland #snow #mountain…

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[ color blocking ] t w o . . . . . #iceland #snow #mountain #glacier #helicopter #trip #vacation #travel #adventure #explore #sky #clouds (at Iceland)https://www.instagram.com/p/BoE5ljPAUF8/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=12u0vvdb4jpgn
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A tale on the pursuit of the Growth Zone

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Hey you,If you’re reading this, you’re probably looking for an psychological elixir to improve an element in your life as it currently stands (either that or you’re a friend/follower on one of my socials…). Welcome, in either case — I hope I can shed light on some theories and my personal experience on the road as a digital nomad.I’ve been on the road with Remote Year for the...
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Farewell

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One year.  Done.  We had a great farewell weekend at a property about two hours outside of Mexico City.   31 of us made it through the year of the 48 we started with; a few ‘dropouts’ came back to visit for the last weekend or during the last month. Now we get the honour of being known as Remote Year citizens and remaining part of...
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Day 154

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Easily one of the most packed Sundays I’ve had in quite a while, I started with a delicious bougie brunch at a beautiful bakery I pinned long, long ago, followed by a trip to the Japanese Gardens with some friends where we found a traditional band in what looked like Revolutionary War-era garb who played a slow, somber version of Despacito and we wandered for...
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Los Angeles, California

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After spending 5 months in Denver, Colorado I needed a change of pace so I heeded the invitations of my international friends who now call Venice Beach home and spent three nights steps from the ocean, channeling some raw creative humanity to break me out of my routine. Boy did it work. Something I have had to rediscover and reminded myself of the past few...
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