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Rerouting my pity train

Since I’m turning 30 in couple of months I’ve been combing through the archives of this blog trying to remember what I was like when I first started writing here in 2009. I wrote my first post, about doing laundry, in September that year, just months after I turned 20.  I recently stumbled across a […]

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Christmas present ideas for the childless 30-something woman in your life

Christmas shopping can be difficult for a lot of people. If you’re like me, half the time you just end up buying things for yourself instead. They say it’s the thought that counts though, and Christmas isn’t just about spending obscene amounts of money showering your loved ones with gifts. If you enjoy the gift-giving […]

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Ranking the best Christmas movies on Netflix and Hulu

Thanks to a well-timed illness, I found myself at home alone on Thanksgiving while my husband enjoyed the holiday with his family in South Carolina.  I was sad to miss out on the festivities, but the hours I spent in solitary confinement on the couch were a blessing in disguise.  I was free to watch […]

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Life

Thanksgiving Expectations vs. Reality

Thanksgiving is a great tradition, what with long weekend, the family, the food and the friendship.  It’s also the best season of the year – leaves are falling, there’s a chill in the air, and everything feels just a little bit more romantic. Unless of course you’re diagnosed with Strep Throat and a middle ear […]

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Writing

Tips for Effective Public Speaking

For many employees, especially leaders in highly visible positions, effective public speaking is just another part of the job. Whether it’s addressing the media, motivating employees, making an innovative pitch or speaking to the community, watching a talented orator deliver an effective presentation can be both inspiring and intimidating – especially to those of us […]

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3 Easy Ways to Improve Office Productivity

Office productivity sometimes feels elusive, especially when we lose our focus, let our priorities get muddied or allow petty drama to consume our thoughts. We humans love our shiny objects, but luckily there are ways to overcome those silly distractions and boost office productivity. In the weeks leading up to my wedding, I received a […]

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Travel

Visiting California: Lake Tahoe in January

Mike and I love snowboarding.  We love snow in general.  I probably get a little bit more excited about snow than he does, but the point is we both love it.  Which is why it was a bit disappointing our trip to Lake Tahoe was scheduled during an unusually warm January. Most of the snow […]

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Visiting New York: A Quick Trip to Syracuse

  Last October I spent a long weekend in Syracuse, NY as part of my graduate program at Syracuse University.  My dad lives nearby in Pennsylvania, so we also used it as an opportunity to meet up and do some exploring. On our first day, we did a quick tour of a few local waterfalls.  The […]

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VA

A Storybook Baby Shower

One of my best friends from college is having a baby. Her sister graciously asked me to help host a baby shower this month in honor of the new arrival and I was delighted to be a part of it.  The shower was all about storybooks, and the food was even inspired by tales like […]

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Travel

Visiting Colorado: Grand Lake Wedding

This is really less about visiting Colorado and more about our rental car fiasco. Mike and I flew to Denver in July to celebrate a friend’s wedding (and yes, I’m just now blogging about it).  Our flights out west were uneventful and our baggage made it unscathed.  Not so fortunate was our friend Tammy, whose […]

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