Tag Archives : courage

Coming Home


When my dad died in February, I lost all sense of home. I was half-orphaned — a gaping, black hole in my life and my being.  Home has been tricky for a while. Long ago, it was my childhood house on a cul-de-sac; the place I did my homework and laundry, where I slept and ate and spent time with…

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Do less. Be more.


Last Friday, I made a decision to do something new. Something risky. Something audacious. I’ve always loved being outdoors and have backpacked many times in my life. But on that weekend, I decided to go solo for the very first time. After a quick search on the internet and a visit to my local REI, I was ready to go. (Side…

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Lessons from My Expat Life: Say No


It’s ok to be a party-pooper. For reals. After several months of saying yes to, legit, everything in my first expat experience in Seoul, I had to learn the next big lesson: saying no. (A lesson I continue to work on refining in my life four years later.) Upon arriving in a new country and home, it’s of the utmost importance…

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Lessons from My Expat Life: Say Yes


The expat life starts with a yes that feels like leaping into an abyss. Yes. I will sign that multi-year contract, person I met yesterday. I’m pretty sure I would love to work for you. Yes. I will sell or give away most of my earthly possessions. Yes. I will move ALONE to a new country where pretty much everything…

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Limiting Thoughts: Stop Living Small


The last few days I’ve been percolating on the idea of limiting thoughts, and how these little nagging buggers have such power to negatively impact our lives and our happiness when we let them have free reign in our minds. On Friday night, I was getting ready for bed and mentally preparing for the big CrossFit Competition the next day.…

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