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Should You Spend a Semester Studying Abroad?

Studying Abroad

Spending a semester studying abroad can be a life changing experience. For some it’s a dream come true, and for others it seems so out of reach. Here’s how I got to study abroad, why you should do it, and what happened to me.

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Yosemite Half Marathon: My Road Trip Adventure

Running the Yosemite Half Marathon

As an east coast gal, I was excited to run in California, I signed up for the Vacation Races Yosemite Half Marathon. I hadn’t been to California in soooo many years. We’re talking 9 years!  I managed to make this whole Yosemite Half Marathon thing a whole week trip.  I stayed in 4 different places, 3 Airbnbs, 1 hostel, and I drove around in 1 dope ass rental car.

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Don’t Run in Fear

Running Scared

As a woman who runs, being scared to run is something that crosses my mind now and then. How do we stay safe as female runners? Why do I feel like every day there’s a new report out there that a woman jogger got murdered, raped, or assaulted? We can’t stop running out of the fear that the worst COULD possibly happen. Don’t run in fear.

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Not All Airbnbs are Created Equal

The Airbnb Reality

Airbnb took the traveling community by storm with their cheaper prices, and their cozy digs, but not all Airbnb’s are created equal! My recent trip to California, this past May, I stayed in several Airbnb’s and each one felt so different from the last. I had all types of experiences, warm welcomes, to just feeling like I hit up my nearest motel on the highway. What makes the difference between a great Airbnb, and a “just okay” Airbnb stay?

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The Best Ways to Save on Flights

Ways to Save on Flights

Traveling can get expensive, and usually the biggest chunk is the flight costs. There are a lot of tricks, websites, and planning tips folks can implement to find the best way to save money on flights so they can put that money to use in other areas like drinks! Ok, maybe not all drinks, but more money for fun!

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When Are You Considered a Runner?

When Are You Considered a Runner?

I’m not sure if other people go through the struggle of wondering if they are considered a runner or not, but I do. Of course there are different levels to being a runner, but once you start running, aren’t you a runner? I think it should be as simple as that, but in the community I don’t think it is. Let’s lay it out.

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Runners Fall – It Will Happen to You. My London Spill

Falling. It will happen

It’s pretty much the worst nightmare of a runner. Falling. It will happen. And it will happen to you! It really is the worst when you fall. It’s not even about it being embarrassing. As a runner I know my first worry is did I injure anything?! A fall means a possible injury. An injury means no running. No running for a runner makes a miserable person. Telling me I can’t run? What? No! My relationship with taking a tumble is kind of like visiting the family at holidays. I know it will occur at least once a year.

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Hello, I’m a Runner and I Have Celiacs

A Runner with Celiacs?

Being a runner with Celiacs can be a bit of a challenge, as I can’t follow the advice from all the great runner resources out there to a tee, but that doesn’t stop me. I can’t have that crazy big pasta dinner the night before a race, but I do get to enjoy all the rice and potatoes I want! 😀 Bring on the carbs! My journey with being Celiac is fairly new and sometimes difficult, but getting to the diagnosis was the real struggle.

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