Objects in the Rearview Mirror May Be Closer Than They Appear

In honor of my grandfather and my 34th birthday today (also inspired by my friends Christina Thelin and Mei Liu), I decided to take a look back at my 33rd year to celebrate some of my favorite grounding, adrenaline pumping, joyful, challenging, proud and fulfilling moments. Thirty-three definitely came along with it's challenges (starting with waking up on my birthday last year to learn that Trump was the president-elect!), but I feel so grateful for the amazing experiences I've had this past year. I don't think I've quite realized yet how much they will continue to affect me in the years to come.   

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Can My Voracious Appetite Survive a 3-Day Juice Cleanse?

Last week I committed to a three day juice cleanse with 4 other people from my Remote Year crew. Though I'm a somewhat regular green juice drinker, I NEVER forgo chewing.  I did a 5-day juice cleanse a few years ago, but many of the juices were filled with chia seeds and I was allowed to eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as I wanted.  I felt great. This is the first time I committed to 3 days of no chewing.  So yeah, not really the same thing. 

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Morning Meditation and Nude Mineral Bathing

My first week in Sofia I went on a Remote Year organized event and had no idea what I was in for!  About 15 people that signed up for the event met in a parking lot outside Vasil Levski stadium at 7:30 AM.  We drove about 30 minutes outside of Sofia to get to our destination: Pancharevo Lake.  Our adventure began with a 30-minute silent meditation hike that took us to a viewpoint with stunning views of the lake and the city of Sofia. The hike was a beautiful and energizing way to start the morning and was a great accompaniment to my fledgling meditation practice this month.  After taking in the view at the top, we hiked down to the lake and our guide presented us with our next challenge (as if walking in silence wasn't enough for us):  it was time to refresh ourselves in the natural hot mineral springs.  Nude.  As the Bulgarians do.  

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Insane in the Membrane: Getting Lost to Find My Way Home

I'm sitting here enjoying one of the best soy iced lattes I've ever tasted, in Kraków, Poland of all places, reflecting on my last 6 months of life and travel (I'm sorry, but you had to assume a 'halfway there' post was inevitable, right?).  It's hard to believe it's been one year since I first applied for and was accepted to Remote Year and gave a very courteous 4 month notice to my NYC employer.  It's even harder to believe that it's been 6 months since I boarded a plane at Logan Airport in Boston to start my Remote Year journey in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  

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My Top Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling: Stress Management On The Road

Generally we travel to relax, escape, adventure, experience and learn. Although we hope to unload a wheelbarrow of stress, unforeseen circumstances, language barriers, unfamiliar territory, lost belongings and surprise cleanses can add a dose of stress that we don't anticipate.  Jet-lag and dehydration can make stress even more difficult to endure.

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My Top Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling: Hydration on the Road

In addition, studies have shown that increasing daily water intake may decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%, reduce the risk of bladder cancer by 50%, and it may potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer. Adequate water intake may prevent kidney stones and urinary tract infections.  

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My Top Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling: Sleep on the Road

Many of us run through life overworked and sleep-deprived. Chronic lack of sleep compromises immunity, increases risk of high blood pressure, exacerbates stress, limits concentration and focus and often leads to overeating and weight gain.  When our immune systems are chronically compromised we're at higher risk of viral and bacterial infections and also many types of cancer.

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My Top Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling: Exercise on the Road

Exercise is usually the first component of a real life routine to go by the wayside on the road, but there are many reasons to stick to a regular exercise schedule while you travel.  

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Ready for Take Off

It’s been 6 months since I was accepted into Remote Year and 2 months since I left my nurse practitioner position and studio apartment in NYC.  I’ve had a lot of time to celebrate, think, prepare, worry, celebrate, say goodbyes, over think, plan, over think some more, and say even more goodbyes, yet it still doesn’t feel real.  As I write, I’m aboard a plane from Boston to San Francisco, which will then take me to Hong Kong, Singapore, and ultimately Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where I will join 64 strangers and 2 program leaders to embark on what will ultimately be the yearlong adventure of a lifetime.  I get the sense that once I land in Kuala Lumpur that ‘what the F*** am I about to do!?’ feeling will wash over me and minor panic attacks will temporarily set in.  A year of around the world travel SOUNDS glamorous, but will undoubtedly be fraught with obstacles, challenges, and probably even some disappointments.  I fear financial instability and other entrepreneurial struggles and loneliness as I work to establish meaningful connections with the new people in my life while missing those I love at home who are 13+ time zones away.  And I wonder if I will live up to the expectations of those in the Remote Year Program- what the hell makes me so unique that I was selected from a pool of 300,000 applicants?  There were a lot of journaling, running and yoga sessions to work through these reservations…

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