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The Best of Asia In Pictures

The Best of Asia In Pictures

Pairs Well With…Asia adventures + 4-month time span + the most amazing memories + even better people

My time in Asia came and went with a quickness.  Four months of my life passed by in the blink of an eye, and it seems like just yesterday that I left home on my one year journey abroad.  I guess it’s true what they say: time flies when you’re having fun.  And I’m having a blast.  In fact, make that the time of my life.

In a few short days, I’ll be moving to Europe.  Gone will be the land of noodles everywhere, temples on every corner, two or three-wheeled transportation devices and, sadly, a handful of beautiful souls with whom I’ve shared many memories.  I forgot how quickly people can form bonds in such a short amount of time, especially when you see them pretty much 24/7.  They become ingrained in your life and each leaves a special footprint on your heart.

The fun part about traveling with 60+ other people is experiencing the same things together, which is also precisely what makes it interesting: seeing the same things through different perspectives. After debating what I wanted to write about this week, I landed on a collection of pictures from the last four months in Asia.  But not just mine, everyone else’s favorite memories through pictures, in addition to mine.  Pictures speak a million words, so I wanted to let them do just that.

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Ha Long Bay, Vietnam – Kate Bagoy – Favorite memory because: It’s a UNESCO world heritage site and some of the most spectacular scenery I’ve seen. Taking a row boat through a mountain was pretty cool.

Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia

Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia – Jay Harrison

Koh Phangan, Thailand Travel

Koh Phangan, Thailand – Full Moon Party at Sunrise by Zoe Weiner

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Holy Sh*t, I Live in Asia: The Balancing Act

Holy Sh*t, I Live in Asia: The Balancing Act

Pairs Well With…Regalia Sunset” by Jay Harrison

I have been living in Asia a day short of two weeks now.  I feel like I did absolutely nothing productive during this span of time, but honestly, I did everything.  Have you ever done so much that you felt like you actually did nothing? It’s an odd feeling.  At the end of my days, I was asking myself where all my time went and how the days were flying by so fast.  Non-stop, on-the-go, constant round-the-clock activity.  My life is moving a mile a minute.  If nothing else, I accomplished meeting and bonding with 65 or so new people, an achievement in itself – and a remarkably important one.

I am now on a quest to find a stronger sense of balance, which has been eluding me for days.  As I continue to get acclimated to my new lifestyle and continent, I’m trying to give myself the grace to settle in.  The achiever in me feels guilty for not hitting the ground sprinting and putting endless hours into my new business.  The rational part of me knows that adjustments take time.

There’s going to be a level of self-accountability necessary to make my year successful.  The best and worst thing about Remote Year, depending on how you look at it, is that there is always something wonderful to do, someplace new to see, and someone who wants to hang out.  It basically boils down to this: distractions, wanted or not, are all around you.  It’s up to you to handle your business and accomplish what you need to.  I can already foresee Wanderlust and F.O.M.O (fear of missing out), my two new fierce, whimsical friends, trying to take over my life. Being on this side of the world still feel surreal to me, and I haven’t hit my stride of what my “new normal” is yet.

As I stroll the streets of Asia, through the farmer’s market, between rows of motorbikes praying I don’t become a walking casualty, and under the warmth of the sun, I realize how lucky I am to be here.  It’s the most beautiful thing when you find yourself in a perfect moment.  Stopped on the street corner, I was smiling for no reason other than the fact that I live in Asia and am so happy with the direction I’m heading.

This was the moment I was excitedly waiting for and knew I’d experience.  I wasn’t sure how long it would take, where I’d be when it happened or what it would feel like – but I knew it would come.

Today, it finally feels real.  Holy Shit! I live in Asia. 

Carin at KL Tower sign

Want to see what we’re up to on this side of the world?  Check out this week’s Project “Made” video showcasing our first week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!

All The Pretty Things

All The Pretty Things

Pairs Well With…”Turn! Turn! Turn!” by The Byrds

Unsure about what to write about this week, and perhaps even lacking a bit of inspiration, I decided to take a second and hit pause. There’s a lot going on. I needed to stop and smell the roses.  Literally.  Things are just moving way too fast.

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Sometimes, when we move too fast, we miss things, important things and details. Things that we should be noticing.  Things that are right under our noses.

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In an effort to slow down, I went out shooting photos and took a moment to appreciate the things I love best about fall: the leaves changing color, the crunch of the leaves under my feet and the slight chill in the air that signals its okay to put on my sweats and get ready to hunker down for the winter. 

leaves

It’s funny how sometimes the most ordinary things have such beauty.  I was running hill sprints and noticed these quite pretty heart shaped leaves in my path. Love is in the air!

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So, this week, I give you simplicity and beauty, a moment to reflect, notice and appreciate all that is around you.  Be thankful.

In My Skin

In My Skin

Pairs Well With…A Carefree Attitude + Confidence + Big Smiles

There comes a time in each of our lives where we have a moment and “get it.” We just get it.  We didn’t then, but we do now.

A couple of days ago, I had my very first blog shoot.  That, in and of itself, was exciting. It was also nerve-wracking and scary as hell.  Did I have the right outfits?  Would my hair look okay?  Could I avoid those triple chin poses and awkward angles that give the illusion I have bat wings for arms?  Would my face look weird, or crunchie, or whatever people have called it over the years?  The crooked smile and Crunchie Face was something I was severely concerned about.  Like, big time.

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