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Coffee Break: Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Lip Balm

Readers raved about this lip balm in the post on beauty empties (as in, products they actually finish), but I wasn’t sure I needed another tinted lip balm. I gave it a try based on how much the readers love it, and now I love it as well. I have the berry/glow color. It’s moisturizing and not dry, it’s very easy to put on, and it’s a great no-fuss option if you’re looking for a “my lips, but better” product for work. Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Lip Balm

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Uber to require a 6-hour break for every 12 hours of driving in the U.S.

 Uber has added a feature that will force a six-hour offline break whenever a driver on its platform reaches 12 hours of driving time. The feature is similar to one that Uber has in place in a few markets already around the U.S., which differs depending on local regulations, but this will apply across the U.S., and fully block use of the driver app for accepting trips during the six-hour… Read More

Obama-Holder group campaigning in 2018 to break Republican power to gerrymander in 2020

Republican gerrymandering is one of the biggest challenges Democrats face in winning back not just the House but state legislatures. That’s what the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, led by former Attorney General Eric Holder with support from former President Barack Obama, is trying to combat. For 2018, Holder’s group will focus on breaking Republican trifectas—cases where Republicans hold the governorship and both houses of the state legislature—so that Democrats have some voice if not total control of redistricting in more states in 2020:

Because of the broad authority Republicans hold in many states, and the favorable maps many Republican lawmakers have drawn for themselves, Mr. Holder said his group would spend money wherever Republicans appear to be vulnerable. In Ohio, that will mean pursuing not only the governorship but also the offices of state auditor and secretary of state, both of which play a role in shaping congressional maps. In Wisconsin and Florida, Mr. Holder’s group will help Democrats compete for the governorship and the State Senate majority.

In North Carolina, where there is a Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, but Republicans have control of the legislature by vast margins, the redistricting committee hopes to shave seats off the current Republican supermajorities.

Mr. Holder said he would campaign aggressively himself in some of these races, beginning with an election for the Wisconsin Supreme Court this spring. Both he and Mr. Obama will focus heavily on mobilizing African-American voters, Mr. Holder said.

Breaking Republican gerrymanders is the only route to a semi-fair electoral landscape at the congressional and state legislative levels, and that’s a project that will take more than one cycle. The National Democratic Redistricting Committee sounds like it has the right strategy.

Gerrymandering will make it tough, but we have to fight to take back the House in 2018. Can you give just $1 to the Democratic nominee funds in each of the Daily Kos-targeted districts?

Coffee Break: Carolyne 70mm Fabric and Snakeskin Halter Pump

This Manolo Blahnik pump looks perfect — in fact, I don’t know if a pump can get more perfect than this. I love the snakeskin trim, the covered stiletto heel (2.8″), the pointed toe, and the halter slingback strap. I think it’s classic and fun at the same time. Minor detail: It’s $735 — but then, it’s Manolo Blahnik. It’s available in sizes 5–12 at Neiman Marcus. Carolyne 70mm Fabric and Snakeskin Halter Pump

Tough act to follow, but if you’re looking for something more affordable, Violeta (by Mango) has a faux snakeskin slingback. Also, right now Bergdorf’s has a Manolo slingback pump with a snakeskin buckle that’s reduced from $765 to $535.

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A Year in Review (And a Needed Break)

Matt hiking in the mountains
As dawn broke on this year, I was excited for a fresh start. Last year, I dealt with panic attacks and anxiety from taking on too many projects, a breakup that left me heartbroken, and a mini-identity crisis from settling down.

But that “greatest worst year of my life” set the stage for a year in which I shifted my priorities and focused on developing routines. On a personal level, this was a solid year.

I cut my travels in half.

I now love waking up, opening my fridge, and making breakfast.

My panic attacks are gone.

I read a lot more.

I drink less and cook more.

I joined a gym.

I developed routines.

And, while my insomnia is not gone, I’m starting to sleep a lot better.

But no year is perfect.

I replaced one addiction (traveling) with another (work). On the road, it was easy to fill a day with exciting adventures. But now that I was home, what was I going to do? I did the one thing I knew i could default to: work. And I worked all the time. I annoyed my team on the weekend by sending them work. I released more digital guides and published a new edition of my print guide, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. We changed the site’s design. I did two speaking tours. I ran three tours.

And, in the process, I burned myself and my team out.

As this year ends, I’ve come to realize that while I enjoy the stability in my life, I gave up the one thing I wanted most by slowing down: time.

Time to learn languages and start hobbies. Time to read and relax. Time to explore New York. Time to date. Time to do whatever the hell I feel like doing.

While I’m better at managing time, I still have too many projects going at once. As my friend Steve recently told me, “Matt, I got tired just hearing what you are doing. I can’t imagine what’s it like to actually do it.”

There’s a certain irony in that, while I preach the importance creating time in your life for what you want, I haven’t followed my own advice.

The truth is I’m a workaholic. I have been since I was I was a kid. I used to pull 60 hour weeks at my 9 to 5. I don’t know how not to work.

I think that’s why I love being an entrepreneur. It’s easy to always create projects and build stuff.

But I take it too an extreme: I just work. And then work some more. I write, I blog, I start new website and initiatives.

But I need to stop that. I need to free up time. The average life is only 29,000 days and, as I barrel closer and closer to the statistical half way point of my own, it’s time to live a more purposeful life.

And so, as I am off to Thailand and then New Zealand through January, I’ve decided to take a mini-break from blogging. In truth, while the panic attacks are gone, the conditions that created them still haven’t gone away.

I need to work on that.

Last year was a revelation. This year was a realization:

This new me is still a work in progress.

One thing I loved about this year was that I finally got offline while traveling. I didn’t bring work with me. I allowed myself to fully enjoy the places I went. I didn’t rush off to find an internet connection or get bothered if one didn’t exist. I want more of that. It makes me love and appreciate travel.

When I’m doing that, travel isn’t work.

This is not one of those “omg blogging is so much work so I’m taking a vacation” posts. I plan to still write and be on social media. This is taking a step back and trying to figure out how to find balance.

I’m not looking for work/life balance.

I’m just looking for balance in general. I want to stop feeling like I’m five minutes away from a panic attack.

While there are two big community announcements coming in January (We’ve been working on them for months and they are freaking awesome. They are designed to get people together in real life and talk about travel.), new blog posts will be few and far between until I return from New Zealand.

If last year taught me to stay put, this year taught me the need for balance. Multitasking is an illusion, and settling in one place made me realize just how easy it is to fall into “the busy trap” of modern life. The internet, with its 24/7/365 schedule means, without proper restrictions, it’s easy to give it your 24/7/365. And that’s not a good habit to have.

2018 will be a year of focus. It will be the year of stepping out of “the busy trap.” It’s time to learn to say no to things I don’t love and reclaim the world’s most limited and precious resource: time.

(On a final note, thank you for everything. You all are amazing and I’ve enjoyed your emails, letters, and random run ins on the street! Thank you for coming to all the meet-ups! This community is awesome and I look forward to seeing and meeting more of you in the new year. Thanks for always being there. Have a happy holidays and an amazing new year!)

P.S. – The winner of the free trip around the world contest has been picked. I’ll be announcing it tomorrow. Just have a few more details to work out Stay tuned!

P.P.S. – I’m hosting a meet-up in Bangkok on Christmas Day! Let’s grab drinks and talk travel Follow the Facebook event for updates.

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Coffee Break: Muslin Face Cloth

As I mentioned in my review of some different beauty products I’ve tried lately, when I tried “cleansing balms” like Colleen Rothschild and Eve Lom I really, really liked the muslin face cloth they came with for rinsing, but was less sold on the expensive cleansing balm. So I ordered a bunch of muslin face cloths off Amazon to have more muslin on hand, and after about a month of use I’m still happy I ordered these. They wash up easily, have just enough gentle exfoliating power, prevent water from getting all over the sink area, and the cloths dry super quick. These Amazon ones are slightly less soft than the fancy muslin cloths that come with the fancy cleansing balms, but they’re also a lot cheaper — a pack of 10 is $9, versus 3 for $22. I even kind of like that one side is printed and the other is plain, also, so I can remember which side I rinsed my face with earlier. (I try to get two uses out of each cloth before I launder them, but that’s just me.) Premium Muslin Face Cloth, Large Size

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Coffee Break: Kelsey Top Zip Large Nylon Tote

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m always a fan of a nylon tote that zips, because it’s lightweight, durable, and easy to keep clean. This one from MICHAEL Michael Kors is a bestseller over at Bloomingdale’s and looks like a great basic tote. It’s not terribly exciting, but sometimes that’s not what you’re looking for — you just want something large and functional to carry all your stuff to work. This bag is 18″ x 6.25″ x 12.25″ and has great reviews. It’s also at Amazon in black, navy, and tan, and at Macy’s in several color options. Kelsey Top Zip Large Nylon Tote

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