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Maven Matters

Maven Matters: On Being the Friend You Want to Have

We’ve all heard you get back what you put out in the world right? Have you ever thought about that in the context of friendship? The kind of friend you are might be the biggest indicator of the kind of friends you have. I’ll be the first to admit to wishing my friends included me […]

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Good Question

Good Question: What’s the Most Loving Thing I Can Do for Myself Right Now?

Why I Love This Question The short answer is I’m writing this on a Virgo New Moon and when I googled what to reflect on, this is the question I got. What’s more, it felt like the question I needed to be answering. Always the sign of a good question, when it hits a nerve. More […]

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Maven Matters

Maven Matters: On Not Being Perfect

For a long time, I doubted my credibility as an improvement blogger. Lots of my new habits didn’t stick. And the ones that do stick, it’s for four or five times per week, not daily. Not surprisingly I thought I was a bit of a failure. And an imposter. Somehow the fact I don’t meditate […]

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Amplify Your Options

9 Ways Podcasts Amplify Your Life

Most mornings you’ll find me, earbuds in on my commute, soaking up the latest podcast. Of course, at An Independent Maven, we’re all about amplifying our options as a way to elevate our lives. Over the past three years of podcasting listening, I’ve discovered how powerful they can be in elevating my life, and no doubt, […]

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Good Question

Good Question: What’s Missing From My Life?

Why I Love This Question It’s a great checkin. One question to prompt a quick life scan. The answer can run the gamut from basics like sleep and vege intake to the social, when was the last time I talked to my best friend?, to the material, kick arse stilettos for that work meeting, to […]

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Candid

Letter To My Younger Self

I was writing a letter to my younger self as a reflection exercise, and midway through realised I was really writing for me, now, present time. All of my advice to myself is highly relevant. The big lessons are the hardest to learn, the hardest to transform into action. Somehow thinking about my 16 year […]

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Life Maven

Solo Travel or Group Travel?

I’m a big fan of solo travel. Especially to amplify my options. I’ve easily done more solo travel than group trips. But recently I winged my way to Barcelona and Copenhagen with friends and got to experience the upside of group travel. Side Note: one of those friends I met while traveling solo. The upsides […]

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Life Maven

Amplify Your Options: A Definition

I love to learn things. That’s why I listen to podcasts. To try tactics. That’s how I ended up with a daily gratitude journal. To seek out new experiences. That’s how I ended up at Chichen Itza solo. I love to read. That’s how I discover ‘life hacks’, habits to try, new places to explore. […]

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Candid

Candid: Commitments to Myself

As I keep telling myself, the only person I’m letting down is me. No one else cares. No one else is interested in this journey. Just me. And I have been letting myself down by slacking on these commitments. Commitments to me. No one else. The only consequences are for me only. I’m the one […]

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Candid

Candid: 2016

An uncut, unedited list of lessons and discoveries from 2016. I’m more me than I’ve ever been. Learning to ask for what I want. Taking up space. Practicing these skills in smaller ways so it’s less scary when the big opportunities happen. Costa Rica was a massive turning point creating exponential personal growth. The challenge […]