I’ve been traveling with an ovarian cyst the size of a watermelon

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Whooosah, this was hard to write. But I hope that by reading, you can walk away with the universal truth that the failure to acknowledge something’s presence has never and will never make it go away.

Getting to the root of the problem, whether in your health, finances, or broken relationships, is the only way you’ll ever find a solution, breakthrough, or closure.

Documenting Growth: January Reflections & February Intentions

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“Some people are so poor, that all they have is their money.” — Rodolfo Costa

This is one of many quotes that I’ve written on my mantra pad, to remember and recite whenever I feel necessary.

It can be challenging sometimes, especially as a woman who has more ambition than the average person, to be so loud and proud on her journey and not feel like society wants you to be quiet and compliant in your little corner.

If you travel somewhere and end up hating it, here’s what to do

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First and foremost, I’m extremely aware of my passport privilege and this lifestyle that allows me to travel more than the average person.

But the truth is that if you travel enough, you’ll find that some places either don’t live up to its expectations, albeit slightly unrealistic (thanks, Instagram!), or feel a little bit overrated once you finally land.

Traveling While Black: So Where Are You Really From?

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If you’re Black, Asian, Latinx, or racially ambiguous in the slightest, but were born in a first world country, it’s likely that you’ve been on the receiving end of this question: “but where are you REALLY from?”

And I’m not referring to the friendly small talk where this question springs up from genuine curiosity. I’ve been mistaken for Brazilian, Colombian, Jamaican, South African, and more — from people trying to figure out what box to put me in.…

Why all women should eat alone

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Many of you have probably seen the BBC News article floating around this week about a restaurant in New York (Nello is the name if you’re curious) that told a woman she couldn’t sit at the bar alone as the owner was wanting to, and I quote, “crackdown on hookers.”

How considerate. *eye roll*

But it brought attention to the much bigger picture of the stigmas placed around a woman who, by choice, wants to do something alone.…

My 10 Worst Travel Moments of 2018

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It’s a talent to look so poised, yet be so clumsy.

While I’d like to believe I piss glitter and walk on water, the truth is, I DO I’m just short of a hot mess, and that sh*t is a skill.

It’s my most treasured talent the way I’m able to finesse my way out of the strangest and most awkward situations, but just like I did last year, let’s toast to my inability to function like an adult and recount my ten worst travel moments of the year.…

If you take a local’s photo while traveling, do you owe them a tip?

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If you take a local’s photo, do you owe them a tip? Short answer: usually. Long answer: read on.

There are certain contextual components you can use to decide whether someone’s participation in your photo warrants your coins or not.

The fact of the matter is, the answer is entirely situational and contingent upon several factors.…

Tipping While Black: Dismantling Stereotypes in the U.S. and Abroad

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If you’re a non-POC about to read this blog post, thank you.

Thank you for making an effort to learn about the plight and subconscious struggles of Black people, because while this may not apply to your lives directly, you’ll gain perspective when you listen to our collective truths.

Black people and POC, feel free to share your own thoughts in the comments, because this post only summarizes the perspectives shared with me on Instagram, and I know there are several more to add to the conversation.…

Top 10 Ways to Gain Weight While You Travel – Results Guaranteed!

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Let’s be real, calories are just glorified souvenirs, and after successfully mastering multiple (read: every) way to gain weight while traveling the last five years, I thought I’d share all my secrets in case any of you somehow struggle with this seemingly effortless task!

I have to put a disclaimer though, as our bodies are all different, some of you will succeed more efficiently and likely faster than others.…

I get paid to travel the world. Here are the 7 biggest lessons I’ve learned.

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I woke up in Turkey this morning, my 61st country. Ringing in 28 beautifully messy years on this planet. Warning: this post is gonna get pretty raw, so get ready for some brutal honesty, painful vulnerability, and striking revelations.

My birthday started off great. I meditated. Ate breakfast. Then opened my Spotify and saw a new “Guilty Pleasures” playlist on my home page.…

I’ve seen a third of the world’s countries, these are my 10 favorite…

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When I think about how much beauty around the world I’ve been blessed to see across 60+ countries on 6 continents, I can’t help but have every destination flash before my eyes.

But it’s no secret that there are some places that tug at your heart just a little stronger than others.

This list might change by the year or even month, but as of January 2018, these are my current thoughts on the most-coveted question of which countries are my favorite.…

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