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Internal Conflict & Decision Making

Internal Conflict & Decision Making

I drummed my fingers against the table, surveying the break room full of models. Another convention. Another day. I was once again working for another client for another paycheck, counting down the hours until I got to leave my post. I felt no creative drive. No desire to improve my self. I didn’t want to READ MORE

Messages From The Universe
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Messages From The Universe

I yawned and stretched my legs out, rolling my ankles carefully so as not to catch the stilettos on the carpet. It had been approximately two hours since arriving to my gig and was still awaiting instructions. This was not atypical. If I’ve learned anything in show business, it’s that the game is called, “Hurry

A Novel Idea
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A Novel Idea

Before I left for Nashville I had a strange urge… One that I, sadly, often fight. I wanted to READ something. Much like traveling, I feel like reading is an integral part of self-growth. But I don’t do nearly as much of it as I should. For one, I lack the time to commit to

Lessons Learned In Lightning Storms
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Lessons Learned In Lightning Storms

It’s amazing what comes to light when you think you’re going to die. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. I hear your skeptical voices. But you weren’t THERE, okay? And before you judge, let me explain my crazy. I was house sitting out in Red Rock Canyon in a beautiful community that backs up to

When Life Gets Overwhelming… Leave.
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When Life Gets Overwhelming… Leave.

I stared at my planner. There were so many colors and scribbles squeezed on top of one another, it made me dizzy. Yes, I am THAT girl who color-codes her planner. And yes, I still use a planner.  You decide which one is more horrifying. I deciphered my unabomber handwriting. In just a few short

How I Landed My Job With USA Today
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How I Landed My Job With USA Today

I remember this time last year VERY vividly. But it’s hard to believe it’s been a year since I started working for USA Today. It feels like it’s only been a few months while simultaneously feeling like many years since my assigning editor started following me on Twitter. I suppose that’s a natural feeling when

Fighting The “What’s Next” Paradox
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Fighting The “What’s Next” Paradox

It happens at least once a day. The question’s asked in a harmless manner but hits my ears like nails on a chalkboard. I am unable to embrace it, even though it always always always arrives. “So, now that that’s over, what’s next for you, Hilary?” While all my energy goes to keeping a pleasant

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Hey fellow adventurers, my name is Hilary! After being rejected from grad school, I took off on a solo journey around the world. Now I constantly challenge myself to take on new experiences. This blog documents my journeys from Europe to Fiji, swimming with sharks and living with tribes, to becoming an accidental beauty queen and working for one of the top national media outlets. If you like what you're reading, please subscribe! Here's to the next great adventure!

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