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Biking Benefits in London + a Giveaway!

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My yoga practice is going just peachy, but let’s be real. I got to move my behind way more. Stretching and asanas made me feel active and worked well for a while to keep my heart rate pumping. But as my mental health began to improve, as my desire to be social, get out and, well, eat. And drink. I’ve noticed my weight creeping up again, which is discouraging after I had been working so hard. I wanted to find something to do in the city I could enjoy on…

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A Night Out in Clapham South: The Avalon

There’s nothing I can’t stand more than being stuck in the house on a rainy or overcast day as a London expat. It sets the mood for the week on how I feel and how productive I can be (read: not at all). When there’s any excuse to escape and do something out of the routine on a weekday, I’m all about it. A perk about living in a busy part of South London is the plethora of choices for places to eat. I can practically feel like I’m eating…

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Tips for Adjusting to Short-Term Expat Living

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Moving to a giant city was a crazy adjustment. Boston is beautiful, but has a very small-town feel if you ask me – I felt like I knew everything and everything there. London’s neighborhoods are so vast and different, it can get overwhelming at times. In fact, it’s made me appreciate the outdoors a lot more and those moments we get to escape the bustling city life. Sometimes it gets so crazy in London, I’m ready to move off the grid and live a bit simpler. Wouldn’t be great to…

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How to Maintain Top Mental Health with Technology

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Being proactive about how good your mind and body feels is not a small task. It’s even worse when you’ve maybe let yourself get into a rut and everything seems like an impossible effort. I’m using this wonderful time in the world to best enhance my mental health with endless technological advances. It’s so fun and exciting to discover new ways to nurture my mind with online doctor consults, fitness trackers, light therapy and more. Here’s what has helped me the most lately! Track Your Exercise Efforts The top thing…

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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. Plus, there’s lot of other great things about working from home you…

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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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Healthy Foodie Havens in London

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It’s all the rage. Sustainable, organic, low calorie, colorful, delicious food. London has an antiquated reputation of being total crap when it comes to mealtime, but I’ve easily found how to debunk these myths after living here just a short time. It goes without saying, discovering healthy restaurants in every corner of this city is a breeze. But I think cooking at home, utilizing local products and attending events with a taste of everything is the best way to conquer the landscape of urban eating. Taste of London Twice a…

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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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4 Ways Yoga Can Help Travel Anxiety

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Sadly, so many people avoid traveling because it can add stress to their lives. Real, scary stress. I totally get this. Oftentimes I’m filled with hot dread before boarding planes and can barely get myself together to book hotels, activities and more. I really, really don’t like flights either. With the world in a bit of disarray too, would-be travelers are putting off vacations and adventures, worried about current state of affairs. These stresses and fears are valid. But, it still shouldn’t stop you from seeing the world. While I…

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