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Follow my journey with updates and behind the scenes photos from the places I visit, travel hacks I learn along the way and what it’s really like to cram a lifetime of travel into 1 year!

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Trip 6: Dinner with Strangers in Joshua Tree

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What would you do if you were asked to sit with total strangers and have dinner? In Joshua Tree, you say, “Sure”, and are quickly reminded we are all more alike than not. The wait at the Joshua Tree Saloon was at least an hour. My friend Jill and I were starving after a day…

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Trip 5: Small touches in Palm Springs

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Every trip is a lesson. It’s like God is trying to talk to me with every stop on these 50 places I’ve never been the year I turn 50. In Vermont, he told me to let go of control.   In Key West, he reminded me of who I am.  In Miami, he showed me…

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Trip 4: 24 hours in Tullahoma, TN

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For my list of 50 places I’ve never been the year I turn 50, I’m hitting some big tourist destinations like Italy and Iceland. I’m going to ‘best of’ spots like Jackson Hole, Wyoming and ‘girlfriend getaway’ favorite Key West. And then there is trip number 4…  Tullahoma, Tennessee. It’s ok if you’ve never heard…

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Trip 3: The perfect view in Miami

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I love a good view. The front row of a concert, the top of a mountain, watching the waves from a hotel balcony. As I travel to 50 places I’ve never been the year I turn 50 there is no shortage of awe-inspiring views. A good view almost always resets my perspective on life. It makes…

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Trip 2: A magical night in Key West

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The tiny white lights on the large Victorian house caught our attention. Had it not been for them, we might have missed the massive front porch nestled behind the crowds of people who walked by without blinking an eye. Drawn by our curiosity we wandered into the little courtyard. It appeared out of place amid…

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Trip 1: What I learned in Burlington, Vermont

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It’s official. I am out of my comfort zone. Trip number 1 is in the books. My visits to 50 places I’ve never been the year I turned 50 kicked off with a surprise trip. I know. It was hard for me to grasp too. Actually, it turned out to be the PERFECT way to…

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Trip update

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With just a few weeks left to the beginning of my journey to visit 50 places I’ve never been the year I turn 50, I wanted to give you a trip update on the progress and planning. I have one of two reactions when I look at my calendar these days. I’m either like a…

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6 words that should go in the parenting manual: A milemarker parenting moment

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Betrayal at any age hurts. When you are a teenager, it is devastating.  So when my daughter found out a girl she thought was a friend said something about her that wasn’t true, the world erupted into a fury of angst. Shortly thereafter, I learned that when it comes to parenting sometimes all we need…

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Why I push my daughter to do hard things

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I’m not a sky diver but I’ve jumped out of a plane. I’m not a runner but I’ve run every single mile of a half marathon. Every once in a while I set a crazy goal and push myself out of my comfort zone. It wakes me up and reminds me of what I am…

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3 travel apps worth adding for frequent travelers

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When I was little my family would load up in our big wood-paneled station wagon with a luggage carrier on top. Us kids took turns sitting in the middle seat or by the window. Sometimes you got to hold the Atlas. For all you youngins’ that’s a big book of maps. That’s how we used…

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Why Mile Marker 50

We all have mile markers that profoundly shape the way we see the world. What matters is how you choose to rise above them. My mile marker was the perfect storm: the end of my 23- year marriage, a change in career, and a daughter becoming a teenager all while I was staring at 50. I needed to set my sights on a better future. Now I’m traveling to 50 places I’ve never been the year I turn 50…

It feels good to have my own dream!
Let’s make reinvention fun!
What will you do with your mile marker?

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