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Cancer is an Ugly Word: Prevention and Help Tips

There’s no easy way to talk about it. Cancer is just one of those pure evil things that affects everyone in life, one way or another. Nearly 40% of people will have a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. Last year I lost my grandmother. Her and I were close, as we shared a love of travel and old movies. While she lived until she was 97, in her 80s she had a bad case of breast cancer. She has a double mastectomy and carried on though in remission for another…

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What the Heck Do You Need for a House?!

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I feel like life hands you opportunities backwards. At least, when it comes to dealing with buying your first home. I rented for the better part of a decade after college, gathering bits and pieces of kitchen items and furniture as I went along. Then before getting married, I drooled over all the dumb things we could add to a registry – from garlic presses to a zillion small spice bowls. Newsflash new home buyers – you don’t need all that crap. Or the three French presses currently sitting on…

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Five Short Stories.

I had no desire to go here today, but with all these jokers flapping their yaps lately, I have to say something. I thought my fellow college peers and old co-workers and even men close to me were smarter and more aware than this, but here we are. I’m going into some detail about my past sexual assaults, harassments and encounters. Feel free to skip down to my reasons for sharing below though. Friends and family, I’m sorry, but I am done being quiet and want everyone to make sure…

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An Escape on Captiva Island, Florida

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Winds threw the ocean around while we tried to have a conversation over the noise. It was the first day of the Sanibel and Captiva Islands trip off the gulf coast of Florida, and I’m being hit with a storm. There’s a riptide advisory against swimming, but it went ignored as my husband was determined to get in the water. We has endured months of freezing London weather, then an additional two snowy weeks in Boston. It was time to vacation no matter what. Growing up, my family often migrated…

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Planning a Giant Flight Abroad – You Can Do It!

I’ve endured some long, long flights. Six hours, ten hours, a dozen and more. Some of these were brutal, especially if you throw in a nasty layover in an airport with less-than-clean bathrooms. For me, the flight endurance challenge is just what come with the territory when you want to see far-off places. And luckily, due to competing airlines, tip-off to booking loopholes and point incentives, these types of long-haul trips are within reach more than ever before. So you want to take a wild trip. How do you start?…

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Repatriating: Tips to Make the Transition

westminster abbey and red telephone booth London

Deep down, I think I hoped the situation might change. I spent almost three years in crazy London. During that time, I evolved more as a person than I have my whole life, impacted by the chaotic environment, new cast of characters ad crazy work opportunities. I soared and succeeded, then crashed and burned. Through it all though, it was an indescribable adventure I loved having. Then the time came to move on, as all good things come to an end. My husband and I chose to move back to…

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How Do YOU Get Fit? I Want to Know!

I might huff and puff my way through workouts, but I never regret a single time I get my tush off the couch. After lots of life changes lately, keeping active is even more essential to my well-being. Last week I shared a bit about how I get fit – which is usually a lot of stretching, yoga and walking in nature. As the weather warms, I’m hoping to add some jogging and additional cardio into the mix. I never regret a workout, but I have been flailing around a…

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When It’s Too Much: How to Seek Help for Addiction and Mental Health Crisis

There’s a lot of buzz these days about self-care. Some people, despite all their sorrow and struggle, think a long bath or a good run is going to balance them out and fix things. Sometimes, that’s not enough. There’s a big difference between feeling frazzled and feeling out of control. Self-care is a silly trend and does not address the real pain some people are going through and cannot overcome on their own. For a long time, I just assumed I was flighty, not feeling well and just weepy. It…

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How I get Fit? Any Way I Can!

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Yoga is something that is very much connected to your mindset. There’s a man in my current classes who is constantly looking at everyone else, grunting through the tougher poses and packing up before shavasana (rest) is over at the end. Sadly, although he seems to be in better shape than I am and others in class, he’ll never get where he wants to go. He’s missed the point of yoga – it’s about letting go, gently moving where your body allows and not letting ego be in the way….

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How Can Travel Insurance Save Lives?

Going back to the US from the UK always was smooth sailing. We’d visiting family and friends a couple times a year, not thinking much about the details of the trips. After all, I was just going to see loved one in my old hometown, not do anything dangerous. So why would I consider any coverage? Last summer when I went to the US for a visit, I started having debilitating panic attacks. I was inconsolable. And scared. This wasn’t anything I ever thought I’d experience on a simple visit,…

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