Musings

I hate Lisbon & I quit Remote Year

I’m shocked too. Everyone and their mother loves Lisbon. Half my merry band of digital nomads want to move here and it’s one of the prettiest cities ever. And quitting Remote Year? "You look so happy in your photos," you say. "How can you...

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Do you know any quitters?

Hi - I'm Kate, and I'm a quitter. I've quit jobs, bad habits, activities that bored me, educational programs... I even quit worrying and focusing on perfection all the time. When I let go of what no longer serves me, I'm better able to enjoy & embrace life. I'm...

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Enjoy the Ride.

This last week was spent with Tony Robbins and 1700 amazing, inspirational, love-filled people. To call this week life changing would be the understatement of the year. One of the biggest takeaways for me is letting go, "doing" less and enjoying more. More to come on...

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Your Life Has Not Been Defined For You.

Over the last couple weeks I've had a different version of the same conversation with various members of my Remote Year family. The common theme? We are uncomfortable as hell. "I wasn't ready for this..." "I didn't know what I was in for..." "I feel a little lost..."...

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Violently grateful for the end of fun

There is this scene in Joe Vs. The Volcano where Joe sees the moon rise over the ocean from the tiny raft keeping him and Patricia alive. Joe is dehydrated and near death and can just barely get to his knees but see this amazing moon rising and he says Dear God, Whose...

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Let’s be honest, 2016 was a hot mess.

The US election. Aleppo. Mass shootings everywhere. Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Leonard Cohen, Alan Rickman, Garry Shandling, Garry Marshall, Gene Wilder - If feels like half the rock and roll hall of fame is now deceased, the laughter has died and now Princess...

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Letting Go of Perfect Holidays

Yesterday, I attempted to pack my suitcase for 13 months of travel, and began to virtually meet my Remote Year colleagues. Yep, things got pretty real. I had a mini-freak out when it didn't go according to plan, and started getting anxious about the fact that I'm...

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Eat, Pray, Love to Travel is Now Katebagoy.com

Eat, Pray, Love to Travel was initially created to share what I've learned on my journey to inspire other women to travel solo and break-free from self-limitation. After a year of dabbling with "blogging" & focusing on self-improvement, I realized that my purpose...

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Following Your Heart and My Pledge to You

When I initially started this blog I wanted to inspire others to travel by sharing my experiences through photography. Particularly, I wanted to encourage other women to travel solo. I felt inspired and started strong, even taking a class on building a successful...

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New PDF Portfolio for Toptal and Neat PDF Booklet Maker

As mentioned last week, I've applied to join Toptal.com as a freelancer, and they have a fairly intensive interview process. My initial interview went well, so I was asked to create a PDF portfolio for submission as part of the second round. Because I work for...

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Remote Year Fear

AKA Dealing with Overwhelm With less than three months until I depart with Remote Year, I find myself overwhelmed by daily decisions, much less life altering decisions such as "who will be renting my apartment," or "how am I going to survive without Amazon Prime?" I'm...

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Free Printable

This quote was used on a graphic I found on Pinterest about 5 years ago, and I've had it up on my bulletin board until it was fraying around the edges and falling apart. Rather than find the original, I decided to breath new life into it. If, like me, you occasionally...

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Project 52: Week 12 – Spring Has Sprung

At the end of March, I spent a Sunday afternoon driving down to the Woodburn, Oregon Tulip Festival and wandering through the fields with my various lenses. I had some fun with depth of field, particularly using the telephoto lens, resulting in an almost tilt-shift...

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Project 52: Week 11 – Around the Neighborhood

Week 11 found me back in Portland after 6 weeks in the south, and in a bit of a funk. In retrospect, I believe I was in mourning for the end of the trip. To cheer myself up, I grabbed lunch at Little Big Burger and snapped a few pics in the Alberta Arts neighborhood....

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Project 52: Week 10 – Monuments

I spent week 10 in our Capital City, roaming from monument to monument on the double decker bus. I took a night tour and played with my nifty-50 lens, resulting in some nice bokeh effects. Washington DC is stunningly city filled to the brim with photo-ops, and my hope...

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