Memorial Day Weekend in NYCSo, Memorial Day weekend is approaching and it seems like you’re the only who doesn’t have plans to leave town or have a backyard barbecue. Consider yourself lucky, since you’ll either be saving on gas, airfare or a catch-up session in the gym. At least that’s what I’m telling myself..

As usual, my plans are tenuous. I never think about three-day weekends until it’s way too late. If you’re also stuck in NYC this weekend, here are some ways to make the most of the holiday weekend. View Post

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I just published my new 101 in 1001 list – a collection of 101 goals, adventures and new experiences I want to accomplish in the next 1001 days.

I’ve been keeping a list like this since January 2013, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made. Writing down my dreams (both big and small) and posting them here for the world to see has helped me travel to new places, try new things and connect with new people.

One of my favorite parts of the new list is the “Long Overdue” category. It’s time to put my money where my mouth is and cross of some of the things I’ve been talking about doing for years – like getting my driver’s license, so I can do other bucket list items like go on a road trip or spend weekends upstate. For someone who loves traveling to new places, it’s hard to believe I’ve put this off for so long.

Speaking of places, I could make a whole separate travel-related bucket list – there’s just so many places I want to visit! – but I decided to keep it broad with goals like Visit 5 new countries and Visit 5 new states. This way, I’ll keep an element of spontaneity. Plus, it’s a great reminder to prioritize local travel too.

Read the full list of travel, food, personal and professional goals here.

To be clear, this is a sprawling list and I know I probably won’t checking off every single item in under three years. (I actually checked off less than half of the items on my first list). But the point is I’m putting these things out there and committing to at least pursuing them.

It’s not about driving myself crazy by single-mindedly trying to cross off every line – its about the journey, cliché as it may sound.

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Back in 2013, I created a huge bucket list of 101 things to do in 1001 days. It pushed me to really think about what I wanted to accomplish in my life – from new skills I wanted to learn to more meaningful experiences I wanted to have. And I’ve had a lot of fun crossing things off.

But my deadline for finishing the list actually passed several months ago on September 27, and I’ve been meaning to properly write about my experience. Here are the top three lessons I’ve learned in the last three years of keeping a bucket list.

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At the end of every year, I like to reflect on the last 12 months and most importantly give thanks for making it through another year. I don’t take for granted how lucky I am to be alive and to have another opportunity to make life count.

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Moments from 2015

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For the longest time, I avoided gift guides like the plague. They generally reek of commercialism and are often full of frivolous stocking stuffers that no one wants or super-expensive items that no one can afford. Plus, they tend to be categorized by gender, so you see the same shaving kit and cocktail sets over and over again for guys. But I realized a lot of the things I think are cool would be great gifts for anyone. So I’ve put together my own list of items I’m thinking of getting for friends and family or that I’d be happy to receive this year. Hope you enjoy!

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