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Tuesday is Adventure Day

April 27, 2016


I will never glamourize the lifestyle of a full-time freelancer. I have a lot of freedom, but it’s still a job. I have multiple employers who give me multiple deadlines. I’m also my own boss, when it comes to this blog, Mindful Budgeting products, the podcast, etc. and all of that comes with even more deadlines. I do some amount of work almost every day – except on Tuesday. Tuesday is adventure day.

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Lessons Learned from a Year of Travel

April 18, 2016


This is a guest post by my dear friend Kali Hawlk. Please make sure you read every last word. <3

A few years ago, I sat at my kitchen table with my laptop open to Kayak. I looked for flights to Europe — any country and Europe — eager to plan my first trip to some foreign destination.

After searching over and over again for various flights and itineraries, I finally broke down in tears when I realized that I simply could not afford to travel abroad the way I had so desperately wanted to for as long as I could remember.

Bill Bryson was my favorite author and I read his travel books over and over again until the pages were torn and the covers tattered. I dreamed about going overseas, convinced that I’d find home in lands I’d never seen or known.

I was convinced that I was made to travel, especially abroad. But I’d never been because my family never took exotic vacations when I was growing up and I couldn’t afford it as a college student or recent grad when I finished school.

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Why I’m Moving into My Car This Year

March 7, 2016


One of the best and worst things about documenting your life on a blog is that you can read old posts, and reflect on who you were and what was happening in your life at the time you wrote it. I typically avoid reading my old posts, more so because I find that my age shines through them, and my writing was terrible… but sometimes, old posts inspire ideas for new posts – and big life changes.

Exactly two years ago, I shared my vision for what the perfect day would look like in 5 years’ time. If I were to write that post again today, some of it would be the same. I’d be an author, freelance writer and public speaker. I’d have a rescue dog or two. And I’d forever work in jeans and a hoodie.

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