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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 recommended a greens-based multivitamin, a more varied diet, and that I quit drinking coffee (or at […]

February 22, 2013 Continue reading…

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 broke or being too lonely. I’ve managed to find […]

February 19, 2013 Continue reading…

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 exploring the city, wandering the streets and watching the sunsets […]

January 22, 2013 Continue reading…

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 year. I’ve inserted links in of all the things […]

January 14, 2013 Continue reading…

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 my college roommate, and I were both California […]

September 17, 2012 Continue reading…

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 traveled through Southeast Asia without a return ticket. Countries with […]

August 3, 2012 Continue reading…

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 first, I was a little affronted: […]

July 20, 2012 Continue reading…