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I’ve always been a wanderlust. It’s such a natural high for me to aimlessly roam a new part of the world and get lost discovering another culture. Thanks to my love of exploring and passion for adventure, I’ve been lucky enough to have had memorable experiences and make meaningful connections with people from all over the world.

To date, I’ve gallivanted around 37 countries and lived for extended periods in a handful of them. …

Remember the movie In Her Shoes with Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette? In the film, Cameron Diaz’s character is dealing with some relationship issues in her personal life and ends up crashing with her grandmother in a retirement community.

Well, thanks to a global pandemic and a family trauma, I’ve spent the past two years based at my mother’s house living like Cameron’s Diaz’s character in the movie.

While I never thought I’d be in my late 40s and roommates with my mother, I’m grateful that I’ve had a place to land during a challenging time in my life. …

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This past year, over 525,600 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States alone.

March 11, 2021 marks 365 days since the World Health Organization declared the pandemic. Just like other terrifying moments in history — such as the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion and 9/11 — it’s almost impossible to forget where you were the day the world changed forever.

If you’re a fan of the Broadway blockbuster Rent, you already know from the song Seasons of Love that there are 525,600 minutes in a year. And, if you’ve been staying up to date with all things COVID-19 related…

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I’m a minimalist. One of the many ways I walk my talk is by hardly wearing makeup. I rather spend my time (and money) on an experience, instead of painting my face with different powders, foundations, eyeshadows, liners, and creams.

In my opinion, makeup is a mask and distraction from showing your true colors. While I respect that some people love their beauty products, I really don’t see anything special about using them.

Except, when it comes to lipstick.

There’s something about putting a pop of color on my lips. It’s a confidence boost and the final touch that makes…

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What would your answer be if someone asked you what’s one thing you’re looking forward to and one thing you’re leaving behind? To be super specific, what would your response be if the question pertained to 2020 and 2021?

Yes, 2020 was a royal mess. With that being said, do you have any particular examples of things you’d like to let go of and leave behind from the year that’s ending? This can really be anything — from stress, toxic relationships, poor eating habits, or just purging your closet with items you no longer use.

So, now that 2020 is…

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I’ll be turning 49 soon. And, along with celebrating my birthday, I’ll also mark my breast cancer anniversary.

Yes, dates matter to me. They’re a reminder of how far I’ve come along and important reminders of how much more I want to do in my life. Usually I look forward to honoring milestones with celebrations and by doing something meaningful. However, things feel a little different to me this year.

This is because my older brother died about two months before he would’ve turned 49.

It’s been about a year and a half since my brother passed. With my birthday…

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Remember the days of doctoring your license in hopes that you’d pass for 21? Perhaps you got busted for a fake ID or maybe you were lucky enough to have had one that got you into the hottest club in town. At the time, didn’t being older seem like the coolest thing?

While many people like to reminisce about the days when they were underage and got into a 21+ club, the reality is there’s no such thing as going back in time.

As one of the few things that only goes up, age is a reminder of how much…

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The world sucks.

Will I ever see my friends again?

Is the end near?

When will things go back to “normal”?

Unless you’ve been hiding out in a cave, you’ve probably had these thoughts or heard your peeps vent similar comments throughout the year.

Yes, 2020 has been tough. It’s forced many of us to dig deep and push ourselves to stay motivated. It’s also taught many of us to shine a light on what matters. And, it’s presented opportunity for some people in the midst of all the chaos in the world.

The first step to figuring out how…

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It’s been twenty-five years since the iconic film Forrest Gump smashed records at the box-office. “Life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you’re gonna get.” remains the classic motto from the blockbuster that beautifully wrapped up the film’s message.

It’s also the perfect catchphrase to describe the world we’re living in today.

When you indulge in a piece of chocolate, chances are you’re excited about what you’re going to taste. But, it’s possible you’ll be disappointed when the candy turns out to be a mushy and gooey mess.

Even though things appear good on the outside…

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