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Is wherever you are

Synonymous with American Dream is the infectious allure of big, metropolitan cities– their access, unlimited opportunities and freedom. The decision of east or west has long pressed transplants looking for more than the hand they were dealt in the territories in-between. But the call to concrete jungles and coastal cool may no longer be the status-quo to thrive. In the new landscape of America, opportunity means the nearest coffee shop with good wifi or your upstate Airbnb. …


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What’s left to discover?

I can remember when I was 18 and packed my bag for my first trip to Miami. Admittedly a late bloomer when it came to travel, not only was it my first trip to Florida, it was also my first time on a plane. Growing up in Midwestern St. Louis, Missouri, the cosmopolitan idea of jet setting wasn’t always top of mind in my household.

Planning meticulously, I’d shopped and prepped for my upcoming excursion into unfamiliar territory. All that was missing was the companion that would take me to and from with all the essentials I’d acquired inside it: the carry-on. I’d phoned my Aunt to inquire about her vintage Louis Vuitton duffle bag, after some back and forth with my firm assurance it would be returned in its current mint-condition, she agreed to let me take it on my trip. …


Saving time is…expensive

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Silicon Valley

In 2019, Americans alone spent a combined $751 billion on conveniences. What often seems like a small price to pay for requesting an Uber, grocery delivery or 1-day Amazon Prime shipping, factors out to a lot more that you don’t see. The steps we take to expedite our lives have created an addiction to a low effort, high-reward game riddled with consequences from economic, to social and environmental­­– all at the touch of a button.

Back when I was growing up, day-to-day conveniences meant a fast food drive-thru every now and then, taking a shortcut on the way home or printing out directions from MapQuest. Things moved slower, and that was ok. There was dial-up Internet, waiting 10 minutes for one page to load was not uncommon and instant gratification from a mail-order wasn’t so instant at all. To place a stamp on when time became more of a commodity can be most easily traced back to the technology boom of the mid-2000’s, when internet was no longer a disc from AOL to install on your desktop, but a world easily accessed from anywhere at any time, a portal in the palm of your hands. …

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