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Turn off your phone, tune back into life

One of my goals for 2013 was to take better care of my body--the yoga and meditation retreat in the Berkshires was a wonderful start! To help eliminate my chronic back issues, I've started seeing an acupuncturist and herbalist. She strongly...
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What do I need to move to a new city?

One of the most common conversations I seem to have with friends, friends of friends, blog readers is what it takes to move to a new city. I'm certainly no expert, but I have moved to three brand-new cities in the past four years without going...
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The expat dilemma: saving for or spending on travel

As soon as I move somewhere, I start wrestling with the inevitable financial balancing act. A step beyond the work to live or live to work dilemma, it's the struggle of living like a traveler or saving to travel. Should I be spending my weekends...
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A letter in an email.

Note: my friend Rex and I like to exchange "letters in an email" and the subject line here was: I need help. I wrote and sent this email on October 11, 2011. I recently found it in my archives and chuckled at how much--and how little--can change in a...
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Expect the most wonderful things to happen: not in the future but right now

As we fought our hangovers with Bloody Mary's at the MoMA cafe, Aly and I were fighting not only the day-after effects of too much booze and not enough sleep but also the consequences of moving to New York City. Aly, my favorite Santa Cruz hippie and...
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The risk of wanting to make it

It's Thursday night in Philadelphia, and I can't sleep. I move to New York tomorrow. I'm a bundle of nerves, wound tightly to the point of bursting: into tears, into a fit of anxiety. I moved to Nice, to Melbourne without knowing a soul. I...
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Why I’m finally giving in to fixed life envy

As soon as I said I was moving to New York, my friends and family seemed to breathe a giant sigh of relief. Right, she’s finally settling down. Maybe it’s across the country, but it’s in the country. Good, it’s time for you to get a real job. At...
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Notes from the universe: what’s next

Note: I wrote this in early February, but haven't had the guts to post it until now.  I suppose it started years ago. In the wee hours of the morning on my first day of my senior year of university—my first last day, as I cheekily updated my...
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The seeing comes before the writing

I always seem to be going on “my last big trip.” Nice was supposed to be six months of French and fun. Australia was a chance for international work experience. And then, well, Southeast Asia was so close and cheap that I couldn’t pass it up. My...
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Because it’s commencement speech season

I don't remember a word of what was said at my college graduation. I had been at the bar drinking Bloody Mary's since 6 a.m., was force-feeding water to my friend passed out on my shoulder, the sun was blazing and I just wanted President Zingg to...
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