Tag Archives: Getting Philosophical
Australia Rio 2106

Australian Olympians and the Winning Edge

Since the Rio Olympics wrapped, Australian media have been criticizing the Aussie athletes for a failure to succeed. The Australians brought home 29 medals, finishing tenth in the overall Olympic medal tally. This ‘dismal’ result prompted the US-based Wall Street Journal to get in on the action, declaring that the Aussies ‘stunk,’ falling well short […]

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Coffs harbour NSW

Return to Coffs Harbour

I first arrived in Coffs on an overnight bus from Sydney, unaware that the town would play a pivotal role in my life. I planned to stay for weeks but stayed for months, extending my flight back to the US because I wasn’t ready to leave. It’s where I learned how to be a backpacker […]

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Luck and Travel

Re-thinking the Role of Luck in My Travels

During my twenties I was the first to climb onto a soapbox to proclaim that it wasn’t luck that allowed me to travel, it was a matter of choice. I chose to work abroad on short-term visas rather than look for a full-time position at home, whereas many of my peers chose to do the opposite. […]

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Leaving to travel

Selling Our Stuff: The Process of Letting Go

We have started selling our stuff. I thought it would be liberating, and in a way it is. But it’s also triggered a clinginess and nostalgia I hadn’t expected. Each time my phone pings with a message from Jared telling me he’s sold something else, I’m one part relieved and one part sad to see […]

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Nobbys Lighthouse sunrise

Travel Memoirs and Sailing Ships

Officially, I have written four drafts of my travel memoir. Unofficially? When you add up the re-written bits and pieces, the number is probably closer to forty. As I prepare to fine-tune my proposal and query letter for the next round of agent-hunting, the doubts once again settle in. What if this is crap? The […]

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Finding Motivation in My Muesli

Yesterday I made my own muesli. It’s not hard, but it made me feel extremely accomplished. I make muesli. I don’t even have to buy my own cereal now. (Also: it tastes kind of great.) It’s not the kind of thing you can talk about during a review, unfortunately. Boss: So, we’ve checked your Internet […]

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