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Living abroad: it’s a hard-knock expat life

Some see the glass as half full, others see it as half empty...you see it and think, "let's pour out the water and fill it with beer!" That was what the birthday card my grandma sent me said--and as I waver between my general optimism and a biting...
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My list of little expat joys

It may have been my dirty little travel secret, but now it's out in the open that I prefer being an expat to being a traveler. I like being a regular. I like sleeping in my own bed. I like having a steady paycheck. It's not exactly glamorous--when...
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Behind the photography

While I’ve never considered myself a photographer, I’ve always loved taking pictures. For the most part, I’ve documented my social life through photos: from a disposable Kodak for middle school field trips to borrowing my dad’s digital camera for...
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Ambition shouldn’t be a dirty word

A ex-boyfriend's mother once told him we would never last because I was too ambitious. At the time, I was young(er), in love and honestly offended. Wasn't ambitious supposed to be a compliment? At the time, I equated ambition with a successful...
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When too much choice is a bad thing

Confession: I have no idea what I'm doing next. Very, very soon (eight days to be exact), I'll be back home. While I'm beyond excited to have some of my mom's home cooking and catch up with girlfriends over cocktails, I'm also a bit worried. Worried...
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Work to live or live to work?

There’s just one bit of American-ness that I can’t seem to shake: being a workaholic. Despite living in a country with a 35-hour work week and a minimum of one month of vacation a year, I can’t bring myself to say no to additional work (and money in...
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What makes you a writer?

Even since I was a little girl with my nose stuck in a book, I've wanted to be a writer. And I keep saying that I "want" to be a writer, even though I write every day. I write blog posts, tweets, letters. I write about the things that inspire me,...
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The real world is whatever you make it

A year ago today, I became an official college graduate. I drank a Bloody Mary at 6 a.m., walked across the stage in a gold glittery cap and accepted a piece of paper that pushed me into the next socioeconomic class. If you had asked me then where I...
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Quitting is for winners

I’m a big believer in quitting. To me, if I’m choosing to do something that doesn’t make me happy, then why would I continue? To many, this comes off as spoiled, idealistic or perhaps selfish. I prefer to think of it as proactive. Why stay in a...
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Why I should listen to my mother

My mom is always telling me to keep my eyes open: for the empty space in a crowded parking lot, when I would complain about the lack of suitors for high school dances, as I stressed about finding a job post-graduation. She's constantly...
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