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Whole 30 Redux: A More Sustainable Solution

19 October, 2015

After 30 days of eating clean, I decided I wanted to try going back to eating some of the things that I cut out some of the time. My intention was to eat 2 of 3 meals a day on Whole30, but only doing Whole30 a little bit didn’t seem to work for me. I very quickly went back to the way I was eating before Whole30. What this taught me is that I do well with order and I…

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

11 August, 2015

Lately, I’ve been so unhappy with the way my room looks: scattered about the room are clothes, towels, and toiletries, not to mention half-read books. I’ve been so frustrated with this, but I finally figured out what the problem was: I didn’t have room for all my clothes in the closet or in drawers. I kept saying I was going to clean out and clean up, that I was going to find a way to put clothes away so that…

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Themes of 2014: Bold, Joy, Creativity, Radiance, Grace

10 February, 2014

NOTE: I can’t believe it’s February already. Where has the time gone? January felt like a blur of snow, cold air, and work. In any case, here’s what’s up with me… It has become a new year’s tradition for me to choose a few words each year to focus my energy on. Last year’s were¬†Gratitude, Beauty, and Health. I had much success in following through with the goals I associated with those words and, though I did not feel that…

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2014 Goals

30 January, 2014

Here are some of my goals for 2014: Watch one TEDTalk every week. Take at least one trip abroad. Create a digital version of our Family & Friends Cookbook and give as gifts. Complete at least one course at my alma mater with the alumni audit program. Drink more champagne. Take care of my health. Take care of my home. Pamper myself more. Be BOLD! What are your goals for 2014?…

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

16 January, 2014

Looking back over 2013 isn't easy. A lot happened, both good and bad. I got healthy (got caught up on all my doctors visits, learned more about healthy eating and exercise with Weight Watchers, and I even tried going gluten-free for a while). My brother and sister-in-law took me out for Ethiopian food and jazz on U St. early last year. I celebrated my new job with some great friends by going to Jaleo and having tapas and sangria. I…

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The Desire Map

3 July, 2013

I recently started upon a new journey briefly mentioned in my post on themes for 2013 (Gratitude, Beauty, and Health) called The Desire Map (affiliate link)*. The program, authored by the luminous Danielle LaPorte, is all about how we want to feel in life. Much like setting up themes for myself each year instead of writing out a list of aspirations, The Desire Map encourages people to map out their core desired feelings instead of concrete goals. By doing this,…

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2013: Gratitude, Beauty, and Health

28 June, 2013

In the past couple of years, I've chosen just three words to focus on for twelve months. Last year, my words were Create, Celebrate, Simplify. Though I didn't follow through with all of the goals I set out for myself, I was relatively happy with how they manifested for me. I got back into writing and wrote more than ever before during NaNoWriMo. I celebrated with friends, I celebrated myself, I even got to travel to Indonesia to celebrate my…

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