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You Can’t Ruin Your Kids

This article was first published on The Alliance for Self-Directed Learning, where I have a monthly column. Don’t miss my previous article, Hail the Almighty Diploma! At the heart of every parent lies the question: “What if my children fail?” And silently following it, another, more pernicious one: “What if it’s my fault?” The first […]

Life Update / Spring 2018

Ten years ago I was working at a ski resort by day, writing my first book manuscript by night, and looking for international trip leader jobs. I interviewed for my top-choice position at a gap year company, got rejected, and decided to try to organize my own trip instead. Having recently spent 3 months in […]

2017 in Review

Welcome to my annual year-in-review post. I had a very busy 2017, jam-packed with adventures and travel. Let’s see where I’ve been! Medellín In January I escaped to the southern hemisphere with my good friend Julie to explore Medellín, Colombia: a place that has called to me for years. We split an Airbnb, hiked, and […]

Tools for Building a Cheap and Meaningful Gap Year

Last month in Thailand I ran into my friend Alex. She’s in her late twenties, recently quit her job, and flew to Chiang Mai to spend 3 months learning new skills (using online courses), exploring new job opportunities, and reflecting on her next big move in life. I asked how much she’s spending in Thailand. She […]

How to Get Stuff Done as a Self-Directed Learner

I’m super excited to announce that Launchpad, my 19-day “virtual workshop” about self-directed goal-setting and productivity, is now open for on-demand registration! Those of you who know me (or my podcasts) know that I’m fascinated by the motivational challenges presented by homeschooling, unschooling, attending a free school, choosing to educate yourself without college, and other […]