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Almaty, Kazakhstan

Another Year Older

Four years ago today, I celebrated turning 35 by hopping on a plane and flying to Helsinki to start my year-long career break. Three years ago, I had a bit of a breakdown as I tried to celebrate my birthday in Almaty, Kazakhstan. I was freaked out about the future, feeling like I was falling …

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Chicago Marathon

NYC Marathon Training: Week One

Monday marked the start of my official marathon training for this fall’s New York City Marathon! This will be my 7th marathon overall, but possibly one of my hardest, given my injury issues over the past year. I will also be raising money to support buildOn and the great work they do to build schools …

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Beket Ata

My Scariest Travel Experiences

According to many people out there, the world is a really scary place. And it’s so scary for women that we would just be better served to stay at home, let alone travel anywhere on our own. And actually, according to this article, a lot of places are really scary for Americans too – including …

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Peaks of the Balkans map

Where I’m Going in 2015

  It is almost overwhelming how my travel plans are shaping up for this year. It is still only February and I have already been to Washington, D.C., San Diego and Los Angeles in 2015 – and I’m heading to San Francisco this weekend. I spent the first weekend in January in D.C. to speak …

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