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stories from my suitcase: overcoming imposter syndrome + taking up space

Over the last year, I’ve felt a rollercoaster of emotions tied to the bigger steps I’ve been taking in freelancing, blogging, and my work for the U.S. Embassy. I know that these feelings are normal, but it feels strange to be asked by people about these kinds of things when I still feel like I haven’t actually got a clue what I’m doing and I’m in no way qualified for any of it.

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sketch’s Parlour Pop-up: how two girls threw a bash at the iconic sketch parlour for creatives to empower one another

Here’s a little rundown of our second event {even bigger and better}, and hopefully it serves as a kick up the ass to hustle hard for those needing one. You can do so much, even if you don’t have a budget. All you need is confidence and a killer idea.

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Spill the Tea Event: how I hosted my first event at Teatulia Tea Bar in London with zero experience

A few months ago, I had a surge of creativity hit, which is still coursing through me. I was listening to old podcast episodes I had recorded and never released and I asked myself why. I hadn’t been brave enough, maybe? Or it could be that I was too lazy? Maybe I didn’t feel excited by them? I don’t remember. But it reminded me of a list of creative pursuits I had written out. On that list, among other things, was the desire to get brave and conceptualize, create, and host an event.

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answering your questions + a life update

I recently had people on Instagram stories ask me anything so that I could write a little update about life, upcoming moves, and my travel plans to clear up any confusion that may exist. A lot has changed in a short amount of time, and I thought this would be the perfect way to answer questions readers might have about what’s ahead!

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November in New Zealand: a photo diary from my most recent trip 'home'

I’m currently going through the archives of New Zealand posts, re-vamping guide to Auckland, Wellington, and a road trip through the South Island {as well as re-vamping Myanmar posts and South America posts, per your Instagram requests}, and it’s given me such a warm heart to see how this blog space has changed, grown, and improved. But, it’s also reaffirmed for me that I will never not want there to be some personal touches on this space. So, I’ve created this little photo diary from my most recent North Island return.

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2018: a year of upheaval + falling back in love {with life}

If you would have told me a year ago that I’d be celebrating a new year in England and that I was starting to make my living as a writer, I would have told you to get lost. If you would have told me this time last year that I’d be going to New Zealand twice in 2018, I probably would have thought it a cruel joke. If you’d have told me future Tara would spend 2018 revisiting favourite countries, getting compensated hotel stays and tours, working with brands I love, and that I’d be writing at a British-owned and Chinese-based publication, I’d have told you to get the hell out.

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the case for slow travel: 7 perks of traveling slower + longer

Since many people are planning their travels for the new year, and because I have a lot of slower, elongated travels booked for 2019 myself, I thought I’d explain my reasoning for my travel-style preference. This post is for all of us, myself included, to remember that slow travel is full of benefits!

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the SLK Christmas wishlist: travel gear + goodies for 2019

The holidays are here people and man, oh man, have they not come at the perfect time! I desperately need to refresh and update my travel gear before the new year filled with boarding passes and bookings kicks off! QUEUE THE BLOG!

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28 // the state of the union

The night before my birthday, right after Tavener continued the birthday-eve ice cream tradition, I had a bit of a panic attack. I felt far away from New Zealand, the place that feels most like home. I felt far away from my friends. I began to think about time and distance and changes and the fragility of life and regrets and the future and it just felt a bit...heavy?!? But then, I arrived back in Laos. I took a dip in the pool and drank a mojito. I sat in my white robe and I got ready for a dinner with friends and I just thought to myself, "You live a good life, T." Even when it's hard or chaotic."  

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a photo diary of pictures not from London

London is like other great cities with its endless list of things to see and do, places to eat, history, art exhibits, and architecture. But the lesser heard about villages and towns surrounding London deserve a little love. They've got their own quirks and charms. They've got their own histories. This post is a little love note in photos to those villages. 

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the flightless bird, back in flight

Silly Little Kiwi doesn't refer to the fruit, though they are delicious. It's a reference to 7 years ago when I set off on a plane to New Zealand and blogging became my way of expressing it all. It's ironic since a Kiwi bird is actually flightless and yet I find myself constantly with a boarding pass in one hand and my notebook in another. And as silly as it sounds, this silly little space is making a return. You're not surprised at all though, right? 

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the love my love of travel brought me

This year, I started writing and realized that, without meaning to, I was writing about platonic love. I felt really excited by that because platonic love seems unofficially deemed less important than romantic love. But I think both make life worth living. Both are significant and both can be life-changing. 

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