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Experiences with Upwork: An Historical Overview
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Experiences with Upwork: An Historical Overview

My husband John and I started using the Upwork platform back in the days when Upwork was still two companies: oDesk and eLance. Before that, we’d been the owners of several businesses, some successful, some not successful. Between 1998 and 2002, John and I started an online business that worked primarily with getting newspapers onto the web. Then, between 2002 and 2010, we owned a web development business ...
In a Pool of Sweat, Tears, and Snot: The Grand Party
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In a Pool of Sweat, Tears, and Snot: The Grand Party

Yesterday, John and I went to the temazcal here in Guanajuato, Mexico. Each time we go to the temazcal, the experience is new and different. As Karolina cleanses our auras with smoke outside of the tiny “sweat lodge”, and I turn, arms out-stretched crucifix-style my ego is always on full-blast and my confidence unshaken. Then, I duck into the tent and take a seat and start smearing the “yuck” all over my ...
A Branch on the Tree of Life and Death
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A Branch on the Tree of Life and Death

We signed the papers yesterday. The school sold. The process so far has been simple. Eight months ago, I thought we’d live in that building forever. Now it’s gone. But that’s how it goes, I guess. The trees grow, they flower, fruit hangs heavy from the branches, and then…it hails.

But the fruit lands. And baby seeds plant themselves. And there new trees grow.

John and ...
Deshacerse De: To Get Rid of…
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Deshacerse De: To Get Rid of…

Before our last and final trip back to the United States last week from Mexico, I struggled to find the right words in Spanish to describe what we would be doing back in Nebraska. In English, I use the word “get” in conjunction with the word “rid” and the vague preposition “of” to describe the process. How do you “get” rid? You don’t. You “get rid of”. First you “get”. Then you “rid”. And finally, to wrap ...
How Our Finances Changed When We Moved out of the United States — By Jennifer Shipp
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How Our Finances Changed When We Moved out of the United States — By Jennifer Shipp

Our family has been traveling for decades, but our home base has always been in the United States. We are, after all, citizens of this country. But the more we traveled, the more we started to understand what “citizenship” means and how the tethers we had to our native country and even our state (Nebraska) was actually hurting us financially. After moving to Mexico “officially” in January 2017, John and I ...
Jennifer Talks about Her Sapito Session
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Jennifer Talks about Her Sapito Session

In this video, Jennifer talks about what it was like to smoke Sapito and it's after-effects over the five days since she did it. Sapito is a medicinal entheogen, or sacred medicine that's used to treat a variety of health issues from mental illness to the treatment of cancer. It can reduce inflammation in the body, diminish or cure depression as well as fight disease by enhancing the immune system. Smoking ...
How to Become a Digital Nomad — By Jennifer Shipp
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How to Become a Digital Nomad — By Jennifer Shipp

We’ve traveled for years. When John and I first met, we traveled with a band (he worked as a professional musician at that time). Then, a few years after Lydian was born, we sold almost everything and packed up what was left to travel full-time in an RV. We stayed in the United States for our travels when we were young. But when Lydian turned 10, we started traveling overseas. With each year that passed, we ...
Writer’s Block or Self-Censorship? — By Jennifer Shipp
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Writer’s Block or Self-Censorship? — By Jennifer Shipp

I sit down to write, because this is what I do…I write. But right now, and for the past 9 months, nothing happens. I have nothing to say to my Self. The voice that writes is silent and scared. It waits.

What is it waiting for?

My hands are poised above the keys.

I’m ready.

A voice says,”not until you get back…”
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Lydian Talks about Her Sapito Session
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Lydian Talks about Her Sapito Session

Lydian's Sapito session was really dramatic. She thrashed around and screamed, but she doesn't remember very much of it. But there's not denying it, she's been happier in the days following Sapito. In this video, she talks about the experience of taking the sapo medicine, what she remembers of the experience, and how it's affected her in the five days following the ceremonia de medicina in Guanajuato, ...
John Talks about His Sapito Session
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John Talks about His Sapito Session

Five days after the Sapito Session in Guanajuato, John talks about his experience and how it's impacted his thinking and habits. He talks about what he was feeling during the Sapito experience and then its after-effects. For him, the sapo medicine lasted only about 10 minutes. For Lydian, it lasted closer to 20 minutes. For me it lasted almost 45 minutes. The Sapo Frog Medicine affects everyone very ...
Sapito: The Sapo Frog Medicine Part II — By Jennifer Shipp
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Sapito: The Sapo Frog Medicine Part II — By Jennifer Shipp

We really didn’t know anything about sapito before we arrived at Karolina’s on the Saturday following the summer solstice. I’d never heard of it before and though I did a little research, I wanted to be careful about doing too much research because there’s a lot of bullshit and fear-mongering online. Americans are taught to believe that all entheogens and psychedelics are bad and there’s a lot of ...
Sapito: The Sapo Frog Medicine Part I — By Jennifer Shipp
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Sapito: The Sapo Frog Medicine Part I — By Jennifer Shipp

I did drugs in college; LSD, pot, and shrooms. I mostly was fascinated with the idea of LSD and mushrooms. I never had any desire to try cocaine or heroin. My interest in drugs at that time was all about the mind. I wasn’t all that interested in uppers or downers. I wanted to explore the outer reaches of my own mind.

I remember the last time I did acid. I’d been convinced that LSD made ...
Jennifer’s Summer Solstice Sapito Session 2017 — Mexico
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Jennifer’s Summer Solstice Sapito Session 2017 — Mexico

I'd never heard of Sapito before the local curandera here in Mexico approached us to try it during the Summer Solstice. Sapito or the Sapo Frog Medicine, is an excretion by the Bufo Alvarius frog found in the Sonoran deserts of Mexico. The excretion contains 5 -meo-DMT, which makes it a powerful entheogen. Sapito, when smoked, produces an effect that lasts from 20-30 minutes (or longer in my case--the ...
John’s Summer Solstice Sapito Session 2017 — Mexico
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John’s Summer Solstice Sapito Session 2017 — Mexico

The Bufo Alvarius Frog, found in the Sonoran Deserts of Mexico, excretes a substance that contains 5-meo-DMT. This substance can be applied to the skin using Kambo sticks or by heating it up and then smoking it. A curandera that we know in Mexico approached us on a Thursday evening to tell us about the Sapito Ceremony (Sapito Ceremonía de Medicina) that took place just after the Summer Solstice on a ...
Reality Before Sapito in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Reality Before Sapito in Guanajuato, Mexico

"How do people heal themselves?" This is my biggest question...the question I ask over and over again in every country we visit, in every place we live. Life itself is a process of healing in some cases. In others, it's a process of accumulating baggage and burdens that we carry as long as we can, until someone shows us how to let go. I believe that many illnesses aren't physical. They aren't mental. ...
Road Trip to Mexico, Central America, and South America: What to Take with You, What to Leave Behind
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Road Trip to Mexico, Central America, and South America: What to Take with You, What to Leave Behind

As an American, we’ve been socialized to believe that we need a lot more stuff than we really do (for travel and for life). It’s part of our culture to place faith in our things to get us through tough situations, but as a general rule, it’s best to travel light. The value of being mobile and carrying very little rates high for us when we’re traveling. It doesn’t matter whether or not you have a cool gadget ...
Reality Before Sapito in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Reality Before Sapito in Guanajuato, Mexico

"How do people heal themselves?" This is my biggest question...the question I ask over and over again in every country we visit, in every place we live. Life itself is a process of healing in some cases. In others, it's a process of accumulating baggage and burdens that we carry as long as we can, until someone shows us how to let go. I believe that many illnesses aren't physical. They aren't mental. ...
White Horses at the Jardin de la Union in Guanajuato, Mexico
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White Horses at the Jardin de la Union in Guanajuato, Mexico

There's always something cool going on at the Jardin de la Union in Guanajuato, Mexico. One weeknight, we walked down to the Centro to see men dressed up as giant white horses and people walking around on stilts.Related Posts:White Horses in Front of the Nuestra Señora Church in Guanajuato, Mexico (video)Sad Dog Begs for Food in the Jardin Union in Guanajuato, Mexico (video) ...
Hoxsey Cancer Treatment Center: The Bio Medical Center in Tijuana, Mexico
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Hoxsey Cancer Treatment Center: The Bio Medical Center in Tijuana, Mexico

The Hoxsey Clinic (aka Bio Medical Center) in Tijuana, Mexico has been successfully treating cancer for years. The Harry Hoxsey Formula is affordable and it works. Patients need not undergo chemo in order for it to be successful. Canadians, Europeans, and Americans flock to this place for treatment because it represents a viable cancer cure that's simple and effective and much healthier for the body and ...
Lydi Talks about Being Sexually Harassed in Mexico…and She’s Pissed.
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Lydi Talks about Being Sexually Harassed in Mexico…and She’s Pissed.

After about a week of teaching classes at a local language school, Lydian arrives home to tell us that she's sick of being sexually harassed on the street when she walks alone.Related Posts:Lydi Talks about Being Chosen as an English Teacher in Guanajuato, Mexico (video)Lydi Talks about Teaching English to Kids in Guanajuato, Mexico (video)Teaching English: My First Day as an English Teacher ...
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