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I should be doing something. but I’m tired


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Smart, simple strategies that lead to success

Last year, Snoop Dogg thanked himself in his Hollywood Star acceptance speech. He credited himself for all the hard work, for believing in himself, and for achieving the level of success he had achieved.

Why can’t we all have that same level of respect and admiration of ourselves?

Most of us believe we are capable of greatness, but there’s those nagging insecurities that make us feel that maybe we aren’t quite good enough.

What would happen if you removed self doubt and instead started being your biggest cheerleader?

When we focus on our shortcomings and fears, we’ll inevitably start doubting…


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Decoding a sentiment that has never been grasped by words

A few years ago, I was walking in Prague with another solo traveler I met at my accommodation. He was a near stranger. We met an hour prior and were carrying on a conversation about nothing in particular. I don’t remember much about him, but I do remember when he started to ask me a question that he never had the chance to finish.

“Have you ever missed something…”

he paused just long enough for me to say:

“That you have never had before?”

He stopped walking for a split second, gazing over at me before saying, “yeah…” in a…


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Stop judging a book by its cover.

I was 2 months into my round the world trip. My first experiences as a backpacker, at a hostel, and as a solo traveler were behind me. It felt like I had learned more about myself and life than in all the years up to that point.

But I still had many more lessons to learn. This time around, it was from a ‘dirty backpacker.’

My bus had pulled into the Bariloche, Argentina main station 15 minutes before. I was sitting on a bench planning the route to my accommodation after a 5-hour bus ride from Lago Llanquihue, Chile.

Another…


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Don’t wait until its too late.

My Uncle Jim died last week.

He was an easy-going, sarcastic guy with an authentic way of lacing his stories with words of wisdom. He had a refined taste and was a connoisseur of cognac, cigars, and golf. Sometimes he had dessert for dinner. Because, why not?

When faced with death, we often contemplate our own existence and the meaning behind it. What exactly are we living for? What is most important to us? What happens if we die tomorrow? What if we lose our parents, our children, or our spouse?

Are we living life to the fullest, or just…


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It’s time to transform yourself from surviving to thriving.

We’ve all been there. At a place in our lives where we don’t want to be and don’t know how to get out of. It’s probably unclear exactly how we got there. And the struggle to release ourselves feels like an insurmountable task.

When we’re in this state of mind, time seems to slow down and tick by. But in the blink of an eye, months or years have passed and we have nothing to show for it. Have you ever felt like you needed to do something, but had no idea what?

You aren’t alone.

More than once in…


How a simple strategic shift can drastically improve the future generation’s chances

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When I was a senior in high school, my Economy teacher asked the class to raise our hands if we had goals. Most students raised their hands. Then he asked us to keep our hands raised if we had our goals written down. I was surprised that I was the only person who kept my hand pointed towards the sky.

My teacher asked me where I kept my goals list, and how often I looked at it. I told him that it was in my backpack and offered to show it to him. …

Gina Bay

Writer | Editor | Traveler | Yogi | Sleeptalker |@GinaBayWrites

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