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The One Simple Formula That Will Help You Work For Yourself
The One Simple Formula That Will Help You Work For Yourself
Published on June 21, 2015
One of my most recent coaching clients is an IT developer from Washington, DC who wants to work for herself so she can create a lifestyle that supports traveling, working from home, and raising a family. Her biggest obstacle, she admits, is finances. In her 30s, she still has a pile of student loans, only a few thousand dollars of savings, and steep DC rent to pay, yet she dreams of splitting her time between DC, South America, and Europe. Is it possible? What kind of practical advice can I possibly give her?   READ MORE
10 Useful Tips for LinkedIn I Bet You Aren’t Using
10 Useful Tips for LinkedIn I Bet You Aren’t Using
Published on June 2, 2015
Back in 2012, I received an email from LinkedIn congratulating me on being among the “Top 5% Most Viewed Profiles on LinkedIn.” Three years later, I'm still getting about 200 hits a week on my profile. Naturally, I'm a bit of a junkie, but it’s because I believe that proper use of this tool can make or break your next career move.   READ MORE
Life

20 Tough Questions Every 20-Something Should Tackle Today
20 Tough Questions Every 20-Something Should Tackle Today
Published on May 19, 2015
Go turn off your phone, rip out your wifi router, curl up on your own makeshift “shrink sofa” with a laptop or a Moleskin in your lap, and spend the next hour becoming your own therapist. Mull over the following big ideas, savor each one at a time, take notes, sip your coffee (or red wine), stare out the window, and be alone with your soul. It’s the least you can do to tune-up and self-service your mental and spiritual health.   READ MORE
The Word That Should Drive Your Relationships, Life and Career
The Word That Should Drive Your Relationships, Life and Career
Published on May 16, 2015
If we don’t stop processing and start being human, we will wind up in relationships, friendships, and even jobs where the whole chain of events that led us to the present moment has been a carefully, collaboratively, socially-endorsed game of Battleship played on the defense. We cannot live our lives being petrified of making the first move, of being shot down for making mistakes, or acting with the irrational passions that make us warm flesh and blood.   READ MORE
Travel

When Traveling Raises Big Questions
When Traveling Raises Big Questions
Published on April 28, 2015
It can only be from the living rooms of obscure towns in Ethiopia, with people who fed you and poured you honey wine and coffee and told you about their lives and made you upset and confused about the world, that you realize traveling is not about coming up with all the answers, but about knowing how many questions are out there, and understanding how very humiliatingly, paralyzingly capable we are to respond to them.   READ MORE
My Ultimate Answer to the "How Can I Find a Job Overseas?" Question
My Ultimate Answer to the “How Can I Find a Job Overseas?” Question
Published on April 11, 2015
I've been working overseas for nearly 2 years now and have ZERO regrets about quitting my consulting job in 2013 and marching directly in the direction of my fears, which happened to involve hopping on a plane to Lagos, Nigeria and embarking on a job and lifestyle that both embodied everything I ever wanted to do and also completely terrified me. If you ask me what I've learned and gained in return, it is nothing short of growth, adventure, friendships, business contacts, new skills, and unforgettable memories. And I want everyone to feel like this.   READ MORE
Health

How and Why I Gave Up Coffee (Cold Turkey)
How and Why I Gave Up Coffee (Cold Turkey)
Published on June 25, 2015
One of the best things I've ever done for my total health and well-being involved giving up something most of the world is also addicted to: coffee. Read about how I did it, how long it took, what I found out about the harmful affects of caffeine, and how it led to a positive domino effect on my whole diet. Here's a hint: I got rid of my brain fog, I'm more articulate, my memory has gotten better, I'm naturally well-rested, and have a calm energy throughout the day that I could never have achieved by relying on coffee.   READ MORE
8 Things That Should Be on Your Schedule But Probably Aren
8 Things That Should Be on Your Schedule But Probably Aren’t
Published on June 20, 2015
Beyond the scope of work, I think even things related to personal development need to clocked in and accounted for. Essentially, you need to be scheduling time for making yourself a better person. This comes back to honoring the concept of mindfulness, which essentially means having your mind and body in the same place at the same time. Harder than it sounds, isn’t it?   READ MORE
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Originally from New York State, I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in International Studies and Mandarin in 2011. I worked for a Fortune 500 company as a management consultant in NYC until April 2013, when I quit in pursuit of growth and adventure. I took a job in international business development and now move to a new country every 3 months. I’m also a freelance writer, personal coach, and travel photographer. During the past 2 years, I’ve lived and worked in Nigeria (that’s a picture of me before a meeting in Lagos), Ethiopia, Turkey, Mongolia, Paraguay, South Africa, and Qatar. And I haven’t looked back since! Now I want to help YOU find an exciting career, travel the world, break the norms, and develop yourself both personally and professionally.

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    One of my most recent coaching clients, let’s call her Jane, is an IT developer from Washington, DC who wants to work for herself so she can create a lifestyle that supports traveling, working from home, and raising a family. Her biggest obstacle, she admits, is finances. In her 30s, Jane still has a pile of student loans, only a few thousand dollars of savings, and steep Read more

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