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About alicrain

Wanderlust. Adventurer. Mom. Mentor. Change Agent. Crazy. Servant Leader. Citizen of the World These are all words that describe me - or have been used to describe me. There are many more but we won't get in to those. What is important to know is that at the age of 45, after having a successful career and raising a son, I decided I needed a new challenge and adventure in my life. So I joined the Peace Corps. Portions of this blog were written before this time and chronicle my life during graduate school (again, something I did in my 40s). During my service in Morocco (September 2016 - December 2018) I chronicled my daily life and all it entailed to live as an American female in another country. this is a place for me to capture random thoughts and share my life's journey

2020 Wrap-up

2020 may not have been my best year, but I don’t know that I would count it as my worst year either. It certainly started out rough and had some bumps along the way but I had many positive things … Continue reading

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2020 Books

Here is my annual list of the books I read this year. My goal was 50 and I read 64 (plus one I decided to not finish, one re-read, and one I will finish in 2021).  Four and Five star … Continue reading

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Final 7 days

I did it! I completed the 21-Day Challenge and accomplished all my goals. I’m so very proud of myself as I usually have an off day then totally go downhill from there. But this time, my off day(s) just motivated … Continue reading

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Days 7-14

I have to say I’m quite proud of myself for sticking with this plan for 14 days with no major set-backs. Usually at this point I’ve had a really off day or two and struggle to get back on track. … Continue reading

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First 7 Days

This is a continuation of my 21 Day Challenge blog posted a week ago. If you haven’t read that yet, please start there! Overall the first seven days were good. I had fewer cravings than I anticipated. Day one was … Continue reading

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21 Day Challenge

2020 has been a rough year in many ways for many people. I came back to the US from Vietnam in December 2019 to care for my Mom, who had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Mom passed away at the … Continue reading

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Tips for reading outside your comfort zone

The makeup of bookshelves is changing. Since my 2012 quest to read a book from every country, it’s been great to see many of the nations that had no … Tips for reading outside your comfort zone

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‘2019 is in the books and 2020 is a new story waiting to be written.’ This is how I ended my last blog and whew what a story so far! I’m sitting here having my last breakfast (on a paper … Continue reading

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2019 Year In Review

Over the past week, I’ve seen a lot of people post about how they are glad that 2019 is coming to end because it was such an awful year. At first, I was like ‘yeah! Me too!’ but then I … Continue reading

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2019 Books

The annual list of the books I read this year.  My goal was 50 and I read 80 (plus one re-read).  Four and Five star ratings are highly recommended.  Several of these books fit in my Reading Around The World … Continue reading

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