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Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Blog, Change, Feature, Relocation | 0 comments

So Long 2013! You Kicked Me Right in the Pants and for that, I Thank You.

So Long 2013! You Kicked Me Right in the Pants and for that, I Thank You.

2013 gave me two choices– expand or break. It was an exhilarating, frustrating, exhausting year and I’ve never grown so quickly personally or professionally in just 365 days. I lived in four different states, become co-founder of a startup company, and made Boulder, CO home. Here are the highlights! Living in 4 Different States. For the better part of 2013 I didn’t know where I lived, at least, I didn’t where my ‘real’ home was. It’s a struggle for all nomadic souls. Chicago, Illinois In early 2013, I packed my bags and headed to the Windy City to work with the Project Travel team for 8 weeks. I fell in love with Chicago’s architecture, L Train, museums, and big-city bustle. I realized, however, that I wouldn’t ever choose to live in a big city long-term. After years questioning whether or not I could hack it in Manhattan, London, or Chicago the answer was right there in front of me–I need quiet, natural and untamed spaces, trails, sea or rock faces nearby....

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in Blog, Change, Feature | 0 comments

Maps as Art and a Metaphor for Life

Maps as Art and a Metaphor for Life

Maps are conceptual perfection. Lines, dots, colors, and symbols all neatly grouped together to convey distance, space, culture, and place in one compelling visual. Oh the joys of exploring the interplay of parts and wholes! Zeroing in on a small detail and then zooming out again to capture the complete picture in one delightful moment! Maybe like Ken Jennings, I’m a “Map Head“. (Although in his geography quiz I scored at an ‘American college student’, which is narrowly above ‘the atlas shrugs’ and ‘Terrain wreck’ and sadly far below ‘Sensei of direction’ and ‘Certified maphead’!) So even though I won’t win the geography bee, my travel obsession combined with my ‘topophilia’ (Greek, ‘love of place’) is why I am drawn to maps and get lost in their cartological magic. Maps are both aesthetically pleasing but also functional. Just look at these examples…stunning and informative!   And what could be better than to have your map and eat it as a cake too? ‘Map’ props to this couple for creating...

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Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

More Choice, Perks & Savings When I BUY or FLY Frontier Airlines?

More Choice, Perks & Savings When I BUY or FLY Frontier Airlines?

Written from the air on Friday, September 13, 2013. Dear Frontier Airlines, Today is my first flight with you, Frontier Airlines. In fact, I am writing this from Flight 831. I sure picked a weird day to fly to Colorado. Just after fastening my seatbelt for takeoff, the captain informed us that our flight to Denver was delayed for 2 hours because the flooding is so bad that many  air traffic controllers couldn’t make it to work today. Eesh. Friday the 13th? Nah, I’m not superstitious. Overall, Frontier, I’m impressed. Your personnel have been friendly & personable.  When the delay was announced, we were allowed to deplane to get lunch while we waited. My seats are comfortable and the cabin is spacious. I feel that I got a great deal on my flight. I’m not a parent, but thank you for announcing baby changing tables are available in the lavatory. I like a family-friendly company. But, recently you made one big mistake, Frontier. When I checked in at the ticketing...

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Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Blog, Change, Travel | 0 comments

Do I Travel to Escape?

Do I Travel to Escape?

—I had to come home, he said. —How long were you gone? I asked. —6 months of constant travel. Long enough to get to the point where anywhere was okay. Do you know what I mean? he asked staring me in the eye. I did know what he meant. I do know what he means. Travelers escape through their familiar atmosphere to become satellites, orbits in a night sky — observing and participating from a distance.  —It’s scary stuff, he said and then retracted from the conversation to curl up into a memory. In this brief pause, an argument of defense welled up from my cherished memories on the road. But the conversation changed as quickly as it began and the moment was gone. I thought about what he said and how he challenged not only my sentiments about travel but also the trajectory of my life. Am I close to a dangerous detachment? Is this travel as a lifestyle, this perpetual suspension an escape, excuse, or cop out? Yes/No. It is...

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Blog, Travel | 0 comments

Smitten with the Mitten: Highlights from Northern Michigan

Smitten with the Mitten: Highlights from Northern Michigan

After eight weeks in Northern Michigan, I too am ‘smitten with the mitten’! What’s not to love about fresh-picked cherries, wooded trails, and stunning sunsets over Lake Michigan? I went to Harbor Springs for work but found a few adventures along the way. I’ll tell you where Harbor Springs is. Take your right hand and turn it towards you so your palm is facing you. Your hand makes the shape of lower Michigan. Harbor Springs is located at the top of your ring finger. Yeah, it’s up there. “What the water wants is hurricanes and sailboats to ride on it’s back.” ~Sufjan Stevens Life in Harbor Springs is shaped by Lake Michigan. Sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing! Speaking of fish… I wrangled in a 25 lb King Salmon. I cooked it in lemon, butter and pepper and served it with fresh broccoli from my host’s garden. Talk about eating local! Every Wednesday and Saturday I looked forward to the farmer’s market in Harbor Springs. With a scone from My...

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