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Roots and Regrets: Travel Lessons from Italy

Roots and Regrets: Travel Lessons from Italy

My first trip to Italy was in 1993. I was a young and hip backpacker, too cool for the universe—as most teenagers are—and especially too cool for my family. Or so I thought. Now that I’m much older and a little wiser I’ve come to realize that this whole time my family is awesome. My… more…

The Art of Taking Up Space

The Art of Taking Up Space

You’ve probably heard of the “manspread” – the cultural phenomenon that has taken the New York City subway by storm. If you haven’t, it may be time to Google it. The topic of manspreading been laughed about on comedy shows and trending across social media networks. In fact, a “manspreading” illustration of the famed New… more…

The Paradox of Settling

The Paradox of Settling

“When are you going to settle down?” As a wander of more than 20 years, this is the question I’ve learned to field at least once a week. Friends, family, people I date, random acquaintances, and readers of the internet inquire about my ability to “settle” all of the time. “Settle down?” It’s a simple question, and… more…

When What You Have Isn’t What You Want

When What You Have Isn’t What You Want

We’ve all been there. In situations we’ve made from our own doing, or in situations dictated by circumstances we haven’t chosen–We desperately want something different than what we’ve been dealt. Or at minimum would like to alter our circumstances a bit to make life a little more comfortable. I’ve been here myself, and it sucks…. more…

4 Habits for a Highly Effective February

4 Habits for a Highly Effective February

February has always been my favorite month. While the weather is not nearly aMAYzing as May (unless you live in the southern hemisphere). February has a not-so secret superpower that makes it the best month ever to start new habits. (Drumroll) It’s short. I like to call February the small month, but the length of it isn’t… more…

Capture the Things that Move You

Capture the Things that Move You

I have a love hate relationship with my smart phone and my computer. One minute I want to hurl them both off a cliff, and then two minutes later, I accidentally drop one of them or forget one in a restaurant, and my breath gets caught in my throat, and I suddenly feel like my life is… more…

7 Lessons from 7 Continents: Asia + Worldview

7 Lessons from 7 Continents: Asia + Worldview

A single phrase, commonly heard across Southeast Asia, sums up the biggest lesson that six years on this continent taught me: “Same, same, but different.”  After my first dream trip to Europe and the consequential discovery of travel’s possibility, it didn’t take me long to figure out how to venture even further afield. Within a… more…