How I Financed My Career Break

Financing a career break or other long term travel is not easy. For me, it required a combination of cutting back on spending and saving more, earning extra money, and dealing with at-home expenses that would remain while I am on the road.  I own my condominium and still have student loan debt, but I …

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Where the Dream Took Off

It has been about two years since I first started dreaming of taking time off to travel. Now that my departure day has arrived (eek!), it is finally starting to sink in: I am really doing this. At various points over the last several months, I have felt stressed, scared, sad, confused and generally overwhelmed.  …

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My Health Insurance Headache

“All of that hard work paid off!  Congratulations!” This is the kind of message I would’ve expected to receive when I graduated from law school, got a well-deserved promotion or finished my first marathon. It isn’t the kind of message I thought I’d receive from my insurance agent informing me that I had just been …

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How To Get a Russian Visa

**Note: visa procedures have changed slightly since I wrote the post below. Please scroll to the bottom for information on the current application process for U.S. citizens. I assumed one of the biggest headaches in preparing for my trip would be getting my Russian visa.  I didn’t do myself any favors by trying to obtain …

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Wally and Leo sleeping

Saying Goodbye to My Cats

I’m catless. For the first time in about 13 years, I don’t have a cat living with me.  It feels a little weird. Our family cat lived with me during my first 2 years of law school and after he passed away during the summer of 2000, I headed straight to the local humane society …

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