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How I Managed to Conquer My Fear

Over the last five years, my husband and I have been focused on working hard and travelling a lot.

For some reason, we keep getting drawn back to Southeast Asia, so I'm familiar with the cries of “big clothes for big ladies" and men massaging my feet in the ubiquitous foot massage places. Or being sat at the table with those sturdy wooden chairs. Been there, done that – and honestly, I'll probably do it all again in the future!

My Summer as a Madam

I never thought I would find myself living as a professional vagabond.

I went to college and had a pretty specific career plan, but in 2012 when I graduated, I was left with a degree and no prospects. After a few years of serving lattes and bussing tables, I was invited to spend a summer working in Alaska. Me, who thought she would never leave the Midwest. Me, who only had a little bit of travel experience and who hated being anywhere out of her comfort zone.

3 Adventurous Ways to Experience Branson

[This guest post was submitted by April from The Cabins at Grand Mountain in Branson, MO. While I've never been to Branson myself, I've heard it compared to Pigeon Forge, TN, which I've written about in previous posts. It sounds like an affordable, exciting getaway for all ages! - Jen ]

 

3 Adventurous Ways to Experience Branson

Considered one of America’s most family-friendly destinations – and hailed as the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World” – the town of Branson, Missouri is chock-full of attractions and surprises for the whole family. Boasting upwards of 50 theaters featuring live music and performances year-round, theme parks for both the young and young-at-heart, and outdoor excursions for nature lovers, this small town in the Ozark Mountains has been dubbed the mecca of family fun in the Midwest.

Traveling with PCOS

[ This guest post was submitted by the lovely Selena Marinello, a talented photographer and world traveler who, like me, suffers from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. PCOS and its tendency to slash your self-esteem with symptoms like excessive weight gain and hirsutism can hold you back from experiencing life to its fullest. But cysters like Selena have found ways to manage these symptoms and insecurities, even while living a nomadic lifestyle. All images are hers. - Jen ]

So . . . What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)? 

It’s like having a tiny poltergeist in your body that knows all of your fears and can ruin your day at the drop of a hat, just to make your life a little more challenging.

In basic terms, PCOS is a hormonal disease that has been nicknamed “the Silent Killer” because it increases a woman’s risk of type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, heart disease, obesity, and high blood pressure. Fun times!