Work-Life Balance is a Lie

Call me a millennial, but I’ve always had a strong belief that being unhappy at work shouldn’t be a requirement. No matter what was going on in my personal life I’ve always made sure to consciously fix or avoid a toxic work environment. I’m not lucky. I just don’t put up with being miserable.

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Trouvé: Self Discovery in Paris

 Being settled back in the States for a few weeks, I wanted to finally sit down and take stock of exactly why my experience in the legendary Paris was so transformative. What started out as a spontaneous idea ending up being my best life decision to date. But I didn't know it at the time. 

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AJ Marino
Disney is always a good idea.

This year, as you know, I embarked on a journey around the globe. I can live in virtually any city of the world, and explore hidden corners and Instagram worthy viewpoints full-time.  And yet....I still made time to plan a trip to Disney. Recently I asked myself - why *do* I keep coming back? 

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Why Being a Digital Nomad is the Best (And Worst) Thing Ever

The best metaphor I have to describe my lifestyle is that I’m painting the same picture, but with bigger brushstrokes. I have had some of the best experiences of my life since I left, and I’ve also had some of my lowest points, all in the same week. Traveling puts things in perspective. If I can survive living on my own in completely foreign countries, what else can I do? 

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A letter to a fellow dreamer.

There is something a little bit crazy about working hard for a dream you have no idea is going to work out. It requires that fine balance of hope, fearlessness, and foolishness that is wrapped up into one courageous package. Having courage is hard. But the annoying thing about old platitudes is that they’re true — nothing in life worth having is easy.

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2018: The Year of Resilience

I am an optimist, because I have faith in my own resilience. This year has shown me that I can be at my lowest low, and still wake up and say “Okay, so what do I do now?” It’s brought me on a totally unexpected journey, but an overwhelming positive one to say the least.

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