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The One Year Mark: 101 in 1001

Can you believe that it has been one year since I sat down in my apartment in Cork (!!) and wrote out my 101 in 1001 list? It is a hefty list, with some pretty major goals on it. I have severe doubts that I will get through all of them by my November 26, […]

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Quitting My Job Without Another One Lined Up Was the Best Risk I Ever Took

It was a risk. A huge risk. I knew that I should be grateful just to have a job, to be able to pay my bills, and keep food on the table. But there was something missing. No, it wasn’t just that. My current situation was actively making me miserable. I got a tight, anxious […]

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Jumping the First Hurdle

I stressed and stressed and stressed for weeks about our wedding. Before we were even engaged, I stressed about it, in an amorphous and theoretical sort of way. What were we going to do? How were we going to merge and honor our humongous families while staying true to ourselves? How were we going to […]

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2014: The Year of Authenticity

authentic. adjective. accurate in representation of the facts; trustworthy; reliable; genuine.  That is my watchword for 2014. It is time that I started doing things that really reflect who I am, what I value, and what I want out of life. It is time that I started doing what is right for me, despite what […]

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Things That Are Awesome

Friendsmas. We went over to a good friend’s house on Friday evening for a potluck turkey dinner (we obviously skipped the turkey part, but there was so much other food, we didn’t even notice) and games. It was a blast, and I hope to make it a jolly holiday tradition. Getting Christmas cards. We have […]

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Self-Care

It is really easy to forget to take care of yourself. I do it all the time. Things get busy, or exhausting, or both, and then all of the things that are meant to make that easier to deal with go right out of the window. I am so bad for this. As soon as life gets […]

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November: A Very Challenging Month

Well, that went by quickly. I’m pretty sure I blinked and the entire month of November managed to sneak its whole big bad self right by me. How? I took part in three separate and completely unrelated challenges last month: NaNoWriMo, a plank-a-day, and No Sweets November (a joint effort between Sarah and I). I […]

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Four Simple Goals – Update

Remember this? Yah, I barely do either. A little over a month ago, I decided to take part in Elsie’s Four Simple Goals challenge. Part of the challenge was to blog about your progress, and I’m here to tell you that my progress has been all over the place. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? […]

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Christmas Time

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Life is Too Damn Short

Life is short, guys. We’re all aware of that, right? Life’s too short to be miserable.  I always rebelled against that sentiment, thinking, “I am allowed to feel the way I feel. Don’t try to change me.” And “When I’m depressed, I can’t change how I feel.” And “I’d rather feel the whole range of […]

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