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 Krak√≥w, 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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Come As You Are

Yesterday I had this wave of anxiety rush over me quite unlike anything I've ever felt.  I'm not at all an anxious person (at least not in my adult life), so this sudden shock of paralyzing emotion as I was walking to meet friends at a coffee shop in Belgrade led me to the edge of panic.  I began to question everything I was doing-recent decisions, my financial situation and where I want to end up at the end of this year.

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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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Ikigayi by way of Moai

A few years ago I learned two Japanese terms that really resonated with me: Ikigayi and Moai, but just now am I realizing the impact these concepts have had on my life recently. A difficult break-up was the immediate catalyst influencing my decision to apply for Remote Year, but as I reflect on the past month in Malaysia, I realize that these two Japanese concepts were really the driving force behind the major change in my life trajectory. 

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