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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Adventure for your Health: 9 Ways to Live Vicariously Through Yourself

You can create a daily sense of adventure (whatever that means for you) by prioritizing the simplest of changes.   Living a live trapped in stagnation is detrimental to both physical and mental health.  If you're feeling tired, bored or trapped by day to day life, chances are you'll make choices that will compromise your health too, like downing Coca-Cola and a Snickers on the reg during the mid-afternoon energy slump. On the other side, when you're feeling extremely fulfilled in one area of your life, you're likely to make better choices in other areas of your life as well.  

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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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My Top 10 Most Nourishing Adventures of 2016

We are nearing the end of 2016, which means the upswing of countdowns, 'Best Of' and 'Top 10' lists is inevitable.  While preparing for my upcoming year of adventure, I've been reflecting on my most meaningful travel experiences of 2016.  I decided to hop on the bandwagon and create my own list of my top 10 most fulfilling, nourishing adventures of 2016.  Remember, nourishment is about more than the food you put in your mouth. Travel feeds my soul.  What feeds yours? Do more of that in 2017.  

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