The Kennedy Assassination, The 9-11 Horror, And A False Golden Age.

The Kennedy Assassination, The 9-11 Horror, And A False Golden Age.
I’ll admit it, I’m a little behind on a topic of great importance…I’ve just finally finished up season 3 of Mad Men (thanks Netflix for making binge watching such a breeze). Once simply a dry fact out of a history book to me, it was an incredibly striking experience to see President Kennedy’s assassination through... Read more »

An Arizona Visit and Surprisingly Fond Desert Life Memories

An Arizona Visit and Surprisingly Fond Desert Life Memories
Unfortunately I have a tendency to make absolute statements on subjects that are anything but. I’m aware I do it, and it’s something I’m constantly working on improving. It’s something I’m especially aware of when I come face to face with one of my past absolute statements that is now being flipped on its head.... Read more »

The Rolling Suitcase VS. The Backpack

The Rolling Suitcase VS. The Backpack
In the last couple years, as my traveling lifestyle really started to pick up speed, it occurred to me that the occasional borrowing of my parents nice carry-on sized Briggs & Riley wasn’t going to cut it anymore, and my only piece of luggage that would suit travel for more than a few days (not... Read more »
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5 Big Reasons I Could Never Live In Hawaii

5 Big Reasons I Could Never Live In Hawaii
As I’m jetting off to my next destination, I thought I’d take a moment to talk about my last one. For years Hawaii has played an important role in who I am. Did I ever actually live there? No….it was more of a pipe dream, a fantasy that always lay just around some bend in... Read more »

Why I Love To Travel

Why I Love To Travel
My current home airport is Chicago O’Hare – ORD for those of us who speak in airport code. Which can make for some very hectic attempts at traveling, especially in the northern hemisphere’s winter months. Hence, I spent last Saturday afternoon scrambling to re-arrange my Sunday morning flight out of ORD, thanks to a gargantuan... Read more »

Giving Up Control and Letting Life Flow

Giving Up Control and Letting Life Flow
I knew right from the start that 2015 was going to be an interesting year for me. Early in 2014 I’d struck out on my own as a freelance writer and started to pursue the development of a location independent lifestyle. Then, after 2014 concluded on a less than spectacular note, I conducted a review of... Read more »
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2014 Annual Review: Looking Back and Ahead

2014 Annual Review: Looking Back and Ahead
Early in 2014 I started following three location-independent entrepreneurs that were instrumental in changing the course of my life. You’ve probably heard me refer to them before as my real life heroes. Every year, two of them, Chris Guillebeau and Sean Ogle, do an #Annual Review for themselves to look both backward at how their year... Read more »

Christmas Magic Amidst Chicago's Magnificent Mile

Christmas Magic Amidst Chicago's Magnificent Mile
“City sidewalks busy sidewalks Dressed in holiday style In the air There’s a feeling of Christmas…” Ahh Christmas in the city. A couple years back I had the displeasure of finding myself in New York City, or more specifically Rockefeller Center, amidst the holiday season. After an afternoon of getting jounced around and consistently stuck... Read more »

Why Social Media & Content Marketing Are So Important For Business

“We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media, the choice is how WELL we do it.” - Erik Qualman That’s a pretty big statement. But it’s in answer to a pretty big question: Where are today’s customers spending their time? And the answer is that they’re spending their time on social media.... Read more »
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Mac Love: Moving from a PC to a Mac

Mac Love: Moving from a PC to a Mac
Despite years of efforts to the contrary, I have officially joined today’s hottest cult, also known as Apple. I recently decided that a serious writer needs a serious laptop. Especially if she’s aiming to be a travel writer, in which case the laptop needs to be not only highly functioning but highly portable, both of... Read more »