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THE QUESTION ALL TRAVELERS ASK THEMSELVES AFTER COMING HOME

by Carmel March 4, 2015

Amongst our traveler friends, there’s always discussion when talking about coming home of whether or not you’ll go out and do it again. After 7 months home, it’s a little premature to say yes or no, in my opinion. We had a great time in our 11 months of travel, but we were also really […]

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LOCAL TRAVEL OR: WHY DON’T WE DO THIS MORE OFTEN?

by Carmel February 25, 2015

Shawn and I can be guilty of being lazy travelers. As much as we both have adventurous spirits, we also have jammie spirits – in that we prefer to be in them as much as possible. That makes exploring difficult at times. It took us months just to go have a date night out in […]

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156 TUESDAYS

by Carmel February 18, 2015

I’ve been told that the body remembers. Years ago when I was still in therapy, I was relating a story to my therapist about a particularly difficult week I’d been having. I was so emotional and couldn’t figure out why the tiniest bit of stress had me in tears where normally I’d be able to […]

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A PLACE OF OUR OWN

by Carmel February 10, 2015

After a while on the road, I started to crave a place of our own to take care of. It sounds weird, but part of what I was missing was a place that was mine to care for and clean. I am a little weird, I’ll admit, but it wasn’t just because I missed my […]

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THE END OF OUR ROPE

by Carmel January 14, 2015

I’m 34 years old and my husband and I are living with my mom. This is definitely not where I thought I’d be at this age. Don’t get me wrong – I am so incredibly appreciative of my mom for letting us stay with her and making it as comfortable and fun as she possibly […]

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5 THINGS I LEARNED FROM RUNNING (ALMOST) EVERY DAY

by Carmel January 8, 2015

Last month I told you about a challenge I was taking part of for the month of December called the Marcothon. The challenge was simple – run 25 minutes or 3 miles, whichever came first, every day in December. I ended up falling short due to two illnesses – one whiskey-related, the other sinus-related. I […]

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! THIS IS YOUR CHRISTMAS CARD

by Carmel December 24, 2014

Christmas in Cambodia was planned and anticipated for so long, it feels like it couldn’t possibly be a year ago that we were enjoying an unusual Christmas abroad with some of my extended family. The contrast between SE Asian climate and Christmas traditions But here we are – nearly 5 months back from our journeys […]

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BODY BEFORE BABY

by Carmel December 17, 2014

There are a million articles about body after baby. How to get back to your old size. You can’t avoid the many (many) articles and pictures of celebrities who are getting rid of their unwanted baby weight mere weeks after giving birth. What about before? I read an article about how important health, weight and […]

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EVERY DAY IS A JOURNEY

by Carmel December 11, 2014

It took 295 days to get here. The last day. The day we flew back to the United States. It wasn’t our final destination on our round-the-world travels, but there was some finality to it being our last international stop. From that day forward, we’d be staying with friends and family – no more booking […]

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THERE’S A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

by Carmel December 9, 2014

It took until our final stop on our world travels to finally try couchsurfing. And it really wasn’t even couchsurfing – we were paying Gustavo. We found his room for rent on Airbnb. Perusing hotels and rentals online, we kept feeling overwhelmed with the prices we were seeing in Lisbon and the less-than-stellar reviews they […]

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