Jessica

Quitting My Happiness Project to be Happier

Back in March, when I was still in Ireland and thus equal parts exhilerated with life and deeply depressed, I read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, and immediately decided to embark on my own happiness project. I mapped out ten months of goals, starting in April 2013: everything from going to bed earlier, prioritizing […]

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The Seasons, They Are A-Changin’

Most of Alberta was slammed with snow this weekend. Winter arrived with a bang: HELLO, I AM HERE. And just like that, fall was over. I have a hard time living in the present. I’m impatient, I’m a worrier, I want to know what’s going to happen next, and preferably control it (but that’s another […]

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Four Simple Goals

Long months of not taking care of myself are starting to catch up with me. I am in turmoil. Ambivalent and discontent. Evenings of coming home and collapsing on the couch for three straight hours, staring at the TV like a zombie before shuffling off to bed somehow weren’t filling me up. I’ve felt lazy, anxious, uninspired. […]

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In Turmoil

I feel like I have no right to be unhappy.   Some people would agree. A lack of fulfillment is most certainly a first world problem. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t real or legitimate. I have a lot, I know. I am a lucky woman. I practice gratitude every day. In moments that are […]

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The Dresser Diaries: Options

As mentioned in our progress and plans post, we were on the lookout for a dresser. Spoiler alert: We have one! Over Thanksgiving, I mentioned our missing furniture to my mom, who promptly led me into the basement and showed me two dressers she had hidden behind boxes and other paraphernalia. Only one of them […]

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4 Strategies for Dealing With Ignorant People

I’m a strident feminist, a vegetarian, a socialist, and a person who both deals with and understands a lot about mental illness. Consequently, I rub elbows with a lot of people with vastly different viewpoints than mine, and I am constantly walking through conversations laden with offensive landmines. I don’t believe that everyone should think […]

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Guiding Lights Will Get Me There

As many of you are probably aware, I am a planner. A planner and a worrier. I spend a lot of time thinking about what I should do with my life, feeling this pounding dissonance inside me, like my soul is knocking against my ribs, trying to get my attention. I know that my life […]

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An Ode to Autumn: 10 Reasons Fall is the Best Season

Oh, autumn. You sexy, sexy beast. I do love you so. Let me count the ways. 1. All the colors. Oh my God, all the sumptuous, bright, warm, eye-popping colors. Color me gaga. 2. Scarves. I have about ten, and my collection is definitely not big enough yet. I love wearing a different scarf every […]

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No, You Can’t Have It All, But You Probably Don’t Want it All Anyway

Okay, self, I think it’s time that you and I had a little chat. Picture this: You have a great job, one that you love, that you like to put a lot of time and energy into. You have a family that you also love, a spouse, maybe a couple kidlets. You want to spend […]

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New City, New Adventure: Pros and Cons of Life in Calgary So Far

We are coming up fast on the one month anniversary of our big move to Calgary. Time is really flying, guys, it’s freaking me out. Last week, we took you for a little spin around our apartment, and this week, I’d like to share some of the good, the bad, and the ugly about this […]

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