It may not be what you think.

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The feeling of rejection is among the worst of the myriad of emotions that humans experience in a lifetime. I haven’t met one person in my life who hasn’t been rejected in some form or another. Rejected by a potential partner. Stood up on a date. Turned down from a job. Or even had a friend (or someone you thought was a friend) totally reject you for who you are — or who you’ve become.

Rejection is a part of life. Lovers and partners leave us. We grow apart from old friends, and…

Ode to the Current Flame

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Broken dreams, shattered hearts

The self-sabotage again

“Sometimes it don’t go our way”

And then I put conclusions in my own head

Broken hearts, shattered dreams

All because of constructed expectations

Constructed visions


Wishful thinking?

Or manifestation?

Or is it that at all?

Is it anything at all?

Is it all just a made-up story?

How do you know, when you know something?

Or when you just want something?

It’s hard to tell

The difference sometimes.

It all meshes together

Melts and molds around in my head

The thoughts, feelings, and physical expression of…

The future is unwritten and full of possibility

We all face change, every day. Everything around us is continuously in a state of constant change. And the world has experienced a lot — a LOT — of change recently.

Change affects us all, and we all deal with it differently. Heraclitus said it right: it is the only constant in this life. These are turbulent times, no one is denying that. But like everything in life, these times will change again.

As a long-term nomad, change is something that’s just part of the daily grind. To embrace it has brought me hope during unexpected or challenging life events…

These have helped me immensely…now even moreso.

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I’ve been on “lockdown” in Vietnam for the past six weeks. I now have a newfound appreciation for my essential oils which keep me healthy and zen.

Traveling long-term can be intimidating, especially if you’ve never been overseas or backpacked before. Deciding what to pack and what to leave behind can be a piece of work on its own, even for the most seasoned travelers. As a nomad and minimalist of six years, there are a few tricks I’ve picked up on the road. But there’s one hack I now swear by that has revolutionized the way I travel: essential oils.

Everyone wants to stay healthy while traveling. There’s nothing worse than finally arriving at your destination, only to find…

This is a strange time. No one is arguing that.

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There is a new vibration spreading through the masses. An intense, fearful, shocking and leave-us-speechless kind of energy. People are freaking out. People are stocking up. Schools, shops and borders are closing. The world feels like it’s going under.

…or maybe, this is the world’s way of demanding stillness.

As I sit here writing this on a gorgeous strip of beach in the small beach village of Bai Xep, Vietnam, I reflect on how lucky I am to be spared from the chaos (at least for now). I landed here just at the right time. We’ve got good weather, food…

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This is difficult for me to write.

All my life I’ve been a traveler. A wanderer. A perpetual pursuer of the unknown, jumping around from place to place, exploring all the beauty this world has to offer. I really can’t explain why; it’s something that’s been in my blood for as long as I can remember.

Even as a little girl, I recall waking up early in the morning and taking my bike around the block before my parents came down for breakfast. I would stop at each corner, climbing the little trees that barely supported my weight, and sort of explore that tree. I would write…

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Confession: I am an incredibly indecisive person.

I also teach yoga and coach people on how to be better human beings. You might think that people who work in the wellness industry already have this stuff figured out…but I’m here to tell you that we don’t. We are all human, and we are all learning. Constantly.

We can, and do change, sure. But aren’t we all indefinitely a work in progress?

If you are one of those incredibly finicky, flighty, or overthinking people who just cannot decide, I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone. It’s a real thing…

Let’s face it: our smartphones are now involved in almost every part of our lives.

It is hard to imagine a world in which the majority of people are not heavily dependent upon them: from keeping in touch with friends to driving directions to waking us up in the morning. Out of all the reasons we use our smartphones, however, it’s social media that has me most intrigued.

Somewhere in the back of my mind, I’d always secretly envied the people who never had Facebook or Instagram. How freeing that must be, I thought. After reading Cal Newport’s book Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life In A Noisy World, I decided to experiment.

From January…

Kathryn Yates

Alabama Girl Gone Nomad | Yoga & Wellness | Travel | Personal Development | Embodied Leadership

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