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Notes on being unapologetic (and celebrating criticism)

"What other people think of you is not your business," said Deepak Chopra. "If you start to make that business your business, you will be offended for the rest of your life." Haters gonna hate. That's just a fact of life, right? We might not know the...
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Looking back on 2015

At the beginning of 2015, I didn’t have any vacations booked beyond a week in Paris with my mom. I had just started a new job a few months prior, and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to travel much this year. I confided my concern to my friend...
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Notes on savoring the moment

"To look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory." When I reread A Tree Grows in Brooklyn last year—one of my favorite books, and one that I could read...
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Drop everything and go to South Africa?

South Africa has been at the very top of my travel wish list for a very long time--but it's one of those places that seems incredibly foreign (and to some extent, out of reach) simply because of its geographical distance. When my mom was 16,...
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Notes on being lucky

"On social media, we all want to be seen as ducks, a term researchers at Stanford University came up with to convey how, like the animal, young women want to be seen as gliding serenely along, but in fact under the surface are paddling ferociously."...
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Notes on personal brands

My name and my blog and my life have been intertwined for the last five years, which is really just a fraction of my life--but in 2015, it can seem like nothing existed before there was Google and Facebook there to confirm it. When you Google my...
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How to rock a red-eye flight

One of my greatest travel skills is being able to sleep on planes—and not just on planes, but on RED-EYES. The fact that I’m able to squeeze in at least a few hours of shut-eye when on long-haul flights from the USA to Europe/Middle East/Asia or even...
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Notes on (still) solo traveling

I started traveling by myself almost on accident: it certainly wasn't any sort of conscious feminist statement, or because I wanted to one day become a "solo female traveler." After I graduated from college, I wanted to backpack around Europe and...
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Tech favorites for productivity and travel

In many ways I consider myself a latecomer when it comes to many technology: I'm always hesitant to purchase a new gadget or join another social network or even add another app, because I feel like my lifestyle and my inbox and my storage space are...
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Staying well at home and on the road

My background and beliefs when it comes to health are a weird mix of holistic and traditional Western, a balanced hybrid of yoga, acupuncture, meditation and eating healthy with a well-stocked medicine cabinet.   Staying healthy is a...
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