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The Ultimate Guide to Turning Yourself Into a Rapid Idea Generator
The Ultimate Guide to Turning Yourself Into a Rapid Idea Generator
Published On: February 12, 2016
Whether we’re artists or engineers, architects or corporate executives, work usually involves presiding over a steady stream of problems that require a steady stream of solutions, a daunting hamster wheel of idea generation that intimidates even the best of us. As a result, the creative process that turns those challenges into opportunities tends to invoke fear, self-doubt, exhaustion, and, very occasionally, sheer genius. No matter what, we all find ourselves asking: Why is that some people seem to possess an uncanny ability to come up with one great idea after the next, when the rest of us spend years of our lives staring at blinking cursors and filling Moleskine pages with half-baked business plans? What we need to do is demystify Continue Reading
15 Ways to Make the Most of Your Corporate Job
15 Ways to Make the Most of Your Corporate Job
Published On: December 13, 2015
Although the nature of the modern workforce is changing rapidly, many ambitious twenty-somethings still find themselves as consultants, bankers, and analysts at some of the world’s largest companies, working 9 to 5 (or 5 to 9) by day, but dreaming of “doing their own thing” by night.   Blogs like mine, which actively promote entrepreneurship, long-term travel, and living unconventionally, operate in a dangerous territory: we want to encourage young people to take risks, create alternative paths, and pursue money, prestige, and power with a well-reasoned appetite, but we also don’t want to accidentally glorify the life of a location-independent entrepreneur or look down on those working “office jobs.”   I hope I make this abundantly clear: there is absolutely nothing Continue Reading
Life

Everyone Has Something to Teach Us
Everyone Has Something to Teach Us
Published On: January 15, 2016
  It was a scotching afternoon, typical of central India, and I was sipping chai at a table of comically well-traveled young people. By day, we rock-climbed, rode motorcycles through villages, and swam in lakes surrounded by bemused locals. By night, we threw back beers, swapped stories, and slept under mosquito nets on the roof of a family home, curled up on thin mattresses under the stars. The effect was something like a hyper-international summer camp, and it was food for the wanderer’s soul.   Our topic that afternoon was, “In all your travels, who has taught you the most?” and the stories unfolded easily one after another -- the inspiring farmer, the marathon runner, the orphan turned non-profit leader, Continue Reading
Make the Law of Attraction Work for You
Make the Law of Attraction Work for You
Published On: November 28, 2015
You probably know that remarkable person who travels the world and always comes home like, “And the people were just so kind! Everyone invited me into their home for supper and let me hold their babies and, wait, look at this beautiful jade necklace a woman in China gave to me! She just gave it to me!”   And you also probably know that other remarkable person who travels the world and always comes home like, “Not my kind of place. Everyone wanted to rip me off, my camera was stolen, and then I got food poisoning and spent two days in the hospital. It was a rough trip.”   These two people could have gone to the exact same place and interacted Continue Reading
Travel

14 Steps to Make the Most of Traveling Solo
14 Steps to Make the Most of Traveling Solo
Published On: December 18, 2015
I'm a 26-year old, 5-foot tall, blonde-haired girl and I've backpacked solo everywhere from South America to the Middle East, and now I'm traveling through Southeast Asia, India, Nepal, and East Africa – alone. But this isn't an article about how backpacking solo is actually really safe; this is just about how to enjoy so much time on your own.   I admit, there are periods of time where traveling solo drives me crazy and I wonder why I've chosen to go it alone. Moments where I'm struggling to carry all my stuff for several kilometers, or I want to go swimming at the beach without risking my stuff being stolen, or I'm having a brief walk through a neighborhood that Continue Reading
What One Fellow Traveler Taught Me About Living Intensely
What One Fellow Traveler Taught Me About Living Intensely
Published On: November 22, 2015
I met her on a party boat in Thailand, which is not exactly the place where normal people have personal development epiphanies, but that’s just who I am. I meet people and I watch what they can teach me, even if we’re tossing back a few beers along the way.   The first time I realized she was crazy (in a good way) was when we stopped in a turquoise lagoon to go snorkeling and she immediately swam over to another boat, three stories higher than ours, and talked her way onto the luxury ship. Literally one minute she was smiling and charming the Thai captains, the next she was capitulating herself off the top of the boat with zero hesitation. Meanwhile, Continue Reading
Health

135 Ways to Break Your Rut, Get Inspired, and Reignite Every Part of Your Life
135 Ways to Break Your Rut, Get Inspired, and Reignite Every Part of Your Life
Published On: December 18, 2015
Routine and monotony are common features of modern existence. Most urbanites with steady jobs wake up at the same time every day, drink the same coffee, socialize with the same people in the same handful of places, eat mostly the same food, sit at the same desk at work, and live in the same neighborhood for several years. Many of these people could tell me, down to the minute, at what time every day they brush their teeth or pour their morning cup of joe. Are you one of them?   I think many of us are in a rut because, consciously or unconsciously, we want to keep ourselves from experiencing disappointment, getting hurt, feeling awkward, being rejected, or wasting time Continue Reading
Are You Perpetually Productive?
Are You Perpetually Productive?
Published On: November 10, 2015
“Don’t mistake activity with achievement.” - John Wooden     For the past week, I’ve been living in a jungle bungalow in southern Thailand, steps from the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen. There’s not much to do except sit in the sand, watch the sun’s daily acrobatics, and feed myself astonishing volumes of coconut shake, fresh mango, and green curry.   But actually? I’ve never been busier. I’m a beach busy-body! I organize my coaching sessions over breakfast, have a strict reading regimen for my hours of afternoon sun-worshiping, and hold Skype sessions with clients right before my Irish-German blood turns me into a full-on tomato. Then I head over to a special viewpoint for my daily sunset ritual, followed Continue Reading

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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 moved to a new country every 3 months for two years. During that time I lived and worked in Nigeria (that’s a picture of me before a meeting in Lagos), Ethiopia, Turkey, Mongolia, Paraguay, South Africa, Qatar, Oman, and Guyana.

 

Now I’m traveling indefinitely since September 2015 (started in Southeast Asia and heading to India and beyond), paying my way as a digital nomad: writing, career coaching, travel planning, and blogging.

 

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  • The Ultimate Guide to Turning Yourself Into a Rapid Idea Generator

    No matter what, we all find ourselves asking: Why is that some people seem to possess an uncanny ability to come up with one great idea after the next, when the rest of us spend years of our lives staring at blinking cursors and filling Moleskine pages with half-baked business plans? What we need to do is demystify the creative process and acknowledge that technique, practice, and sheer self-awareness hold the keys to becoming an active and successful idea generator.Read more

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