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How to Plan for a Trip to Tenerife

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It’s rare for me to have a real, solid holiday. Usually I’m balancing some work on my laptop between fruity cocktails, or spending weeks before crafting article ideas before I’m even on the plane. So when my friend Corey suggested an island trip where we simply unwind and enjoy our sunny surroundings, I jumped at the chance. What did we agree on? The beautiful destination of Tenerife! A Spanish island off the coast of west Africa, it’s best known for its perfect beaches, volcanic rock and swinging nightlife. It seems…

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Perks of Working Remotely as an Expat

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Almost four years ago I made the big switch. I can’t believe it’s been that long since I started working from home, co-working spaces, coffee shops and friends’ kitchen tables. While I do miss office culture sometimes, the long and short term perks far outweigh the desire to live cube life again for now. I make a living, make my own hours and am able to live in a foreign city in part to my remote career choices. It’s good that I have a reliable table I always use when…

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Unusual Encounters Around Edinburgh, Scotland

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I did not want to follow the creepy old guy into the graveyard. He came out of nowhere and offered to take us around, but my cynicism didn’t believe he wanted nothing in return. But in the end, we followed him through the dark gate, sloshed around in the mud and were charmed by the eerie and wild tales he told about his hometown of Edinburgh, Scotland. From the creepy science experiments to the haunted graves, he regaled us with local tales of myths and legends. With his guidance, I…

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Easy Ways to Keep Track of Your Feeling Good Goals

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As we all happily kick 2016 to the ground and move onto better things, any of us are being more in touch with ourselves on many different levels. I’m working hard on my mental health to manage the ongoing bouts of anxiety, which are often helped by regular exercise, stretching and movement. I’m not yet ready to train for big races or tackle giant weight loss goals, but I am interested in dabbling with fitness and wellness tracking. Someday I’d love to try out tracking devices with more complex readings….

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The Gift Guide for Fitness and Feeling Good

This has been the year of doing things that make me feel GOOD. While many think 2016 was a big pile of garbage (me included), I tried to take this time to reflect, work on my outward self and start tuning into really what has been going on in my mind. Has it been easy? No way. It’s been the hardest year of my life. Despite setbacks, I’m going to make sure I turn the end of this year into a celebration. To honor all the big changes, difficult days…

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Bucket List: Dreaming of Indonesia

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Earlier this year, I had to turn down a potential trip to the beautiful country of Indonesia, because I was getting overwhelmed being on the road too much. While I don’t regret the choice, I’ve had this destination on the brain now for a while and do hope to visit in the near future. It seems like it has the perfect blend of incredible history, local charm, stunning landscapes and of course fruity watering holes on the beach. While living in Europe, Indonesia seems even more accessible for a vacation…

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How to Enjoy Yoga Outside of Class

At least a hundred times I tried getting into yoga on my own. I’d download videos, pay for subscriptions online to streams and simple study up on poses or stretches. What finally got me into the groove though was investing in myself and joining a full-on studio. The one near my apartment in London is luckily super close, fairly affordable and just the motivation I need to get deep into daily practice. I personally think that dragging yourself to classes, even when you rather have a margarita any day of…

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Saying Goodbye to Summer in London

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I’m hanging on by my fingernails. The few precious, beautiful city days we had in London this year were way too few and far between. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t make the best of the season by throwing all caution to the wind and loving some urban adventures! Not only did I stuff my face every weekend with some of the best grub the city has to offer, I also managed to squeeze in a little wine sampling and musicals to boot. All of these activities and events were a…

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Finding Tranquility in Slovenia

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It was so, so time to escape the city. London summers are often chock-full of restaurant pop-ups, festivals and special events to celebrate the two seconds of warm weather. But when it is hot, it can get oppressive and miserable. When Big Berry invited us out to try some glamping in beautiful Slovenia, we jumped at the opportunity. We couldn’t wait to take a long weekend away and indulge in some natural beauty by traveling to Slovenia. Big Berry lies on a beautiful river an hour or so from the…

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How Yoga Can Help a Sedentary Lifestyle

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My travel schedule is often hectic and unpredictable. On average I board a plane once a month, and sometimes multiple weeks at a time. However, in between these adventures I am sat on my computer, clacking away and writing posts for clients, blogs and my own websites. If I’m really in the zone, I won’t move for hours, glued to the screen. Recently, I’ve been working on managing self-care better through meditation, eating proper meals and even therapy. But one thing that lacked was my will to MOVE. I’ve always…

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