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Blog Category: Live & Work Abroad

To Be, or What To Be

   “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.”  Are we supposed to

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Training for a 5K + 15K

In theory, I think training for a race sounds super fun. In reality, I think it is pretty exhausting and sometimes dull. I have trained for one 10K race before and felt such joy every

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Long Distance Relationships: How to Maintain a Healthy Relationship and Grow as a Couple

The honest truth – a long distance relationship will make you stronger as a couple, or it will tear you apart. When I left Ecuador Eduardo and I tried to make it as simple as

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The Glamour versus Reality of Living Abroad

Moving to another country – terrifying or a dream come true? Personally, moving abroad didn’t seem to be too stressful initially. To be fair, the preparatory work is a job in itself. I had an

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Setting Intentions

If being healthy is a passion, why is it so hard to remain committed? If nothing makes me feel better than a loaded spinach salad or a beet juice, why do we (ahem, I) always

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To Grad School or To Not?

The following is an excerpt from a scholarship essay I wrote during my graduate career at American University. I was posed with the question – what is a significant challenge you have faced during your

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Moving Abroad – Taking a Leap & Embracing the Unknown

I spent the summer of 2015 in Cuenca, Ecuador working at a shelter for victims of domestic violence and taking Spanish classes. Little did I know that my first week in Ecuador would rattle everything

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