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Lifelong Learner’s Journal: Remembering Life

We like to believe that we’ll naturally remember what’s important to us. “That brilliant idea that came to me in the middle of the night? No need to take notes. I’ll remember it in the morning.””That mistake I made again? Surely I’ll remember and know better next time.””And I’ll definitely…

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The Homebody Expat: Part III

Unlike my little hometown, Istanbul would not wake me to the sound of sweet birdsong and soft breezes through trees. On the contrary… From our windows came the calls of jackdaws: a clever sort of bird, black and gray with pale blue eyes. Once they discovered that I would leave…

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The Homebody Expat: Part II

“Close your eyes, tap your heels together three times, and think to yourself, ‘there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.’” I would stay in Turkey to visit my partner and his family for three months. Three months in a massive, crowded, noisy city which sharply contrasted from…

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The Homebody Expat: Part I

The Step Out the Door “The Ozarks is where I belong.” This wasn’t a declaration of pride, but rather a simple, subconscious inner agreement that I was satisfied where I was: in my small hometown, where things felt familiar, predictable. As an introvert with high levels of social anxiety, these…

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The Sentimental Expat: Obsession with Memories

When a Homebody Becomes an Expat When I saw that orange box of Arm&Hammer baking soda in the aisle, I must have perplexed the customers around me as I suppressed a scream of excitement and ran to it, eyes glittering. This, strangely enough, was a reminder of my homeland.This was…

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Why I Started the Lifelong Learner’s Journal

Learn something new every day. Don’t worry if it’s an embarrassing question to ask. It doesn’t matter if it’s something you should have known years ago.Just learn it, and write it down.  Why I Started I began the Lifelong Learner’s Journal as a way to confront my fear of failure. And for…

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