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Visiting Guatemala: Santiago Atitlan and the Spanish colonial capital of Antigua [Part Four]

We left Panajachel for Antigua on the morning of our fourth day, but first we took a boat ride to Santiago Atitlan, another quaint town along the lakeshore. Dad was thrilled about the life jackets we were forced to wear. Safety first! We then squeezed ourselves into a tuk-tuk for a quick ride up to […]

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Visiting Guatemala: The market and graveyard at Chichicastenango [Part Three]

On our third day in Guatemala we drove from Panajachel to a popular Mayan market at Chichicastenango. But before we left, Dad and I explored the lakeshore at sunrise, watching the predawn light transition to bright blue sky shrouded with smoky haze from nearby “fire forests,” as Tony liked to call them. Local farmers burn […]

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Visiting Guatemala: On the road to Panajachel & Lake Atitlan [Part Two]

On our second morning in Guatemala we enjoyed breakfast at our hotel, Barceló Guatemala City, before boarding the bus for a full day of sight-seeing. We began with a windshield tour of Guatemala City. Our guide, Tony, took us to several different areas of the city, called zones, so we could get an idea of […]

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Visiting Guatemala: How this Central American country defied all my expectations [Part One]

When my dad called me last fall and asked if I wanted to take a trip with him, I didn’t even considering turning him down. I love to travel and my dad is a great person to go on adventures with. But when he told me he was planning a trip to Guatemala, my enthusiasm […]

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Writing

Rerouting my pity train

Since I’m turning 30 in couple of months I’ve been combing through the archives of this blog trying to remember what I was like when I first started writing here in 2009. I wrote my first post, about doing laundry, in September that year, just months after I turned 20.  I recently stumbled across a […]

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List

Christmas present ideas for the childless 30-something woman in your life

Christmas shopping can be difficult for a lot of people. If you’re like me, half the time you just end up buying things for yourself instead. They say it’s the thought that counts though, and Christmas isn’t just about spending obscene amounts of money showering your loved ones with gifts. If you enjoy the gift-giving […]

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Ranking the best Christmas movies on Netflix and Hulu

Thanks to a well-timed illness, I found myself at home alone on Thanksgiving while my husband enjoyed the holiday with his family in South Carolina.  I was sad to miss out on the festivities, but the hours I spent in solitary confinement on the couch were a blessing in disguise.  I was free to watch […]

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Life

Thanksgiving Expectations vs. Reality

Thanksgiving is a great tradition, what with long weekend, the family, the food and the friendship.  It’s also the best season of the year – leaves are falling, there’s a chill in the air, and everything feels just a little bit more romantic. Unless of course you’re diagnosed with Strep Throat and a middle ear […]

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Writing

Tips for Effective Public Speaking

For many employees, especially leaders in highly visible positions, effective public speaking is just another part of the job. Whether it’s addressing the media, motivating employees, making an innovative pitch or speaking to the community, watching a talented orator deliver an effective presentation can be both inspiring and intimidating – especially to those of us […]

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Writing

3 Easy Ways to Improve Office Productivity

Office productivity sometimes feels elusive, especially when we lose our focus, let our priorities get muddied or allow petty drama to consume our thoughts. We humans love our shiny objects, but luckily there are ways to overcome those silly distractions and boost office productivity. In the weeks leading up to my wedding, I received a […]

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