Lifestyle Change (Hopefully with Weight Loss!)

  This is me today, at a weight I am not proud of achieving. I had, over Christmas and the new year, lost twelve pounds. Ten are back, unfortunately. Like I said in a previous post, I was always a skinny kid growing up, to the point where, to me at least, it was a […]

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Perfection and Contentment

“I’m never satisfied.” It’s not just a line from Hamilton. It is also true for me. “I’ve never been satisfied.” Something in me is always reaching for more, more, more. Sometimes “more” means it is reaching for something different, and sometimes it is reaching for something better. But it always means that I am constantly […]

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Why You Should Adopt, Not Shop

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I have a lovely little emotional support dog named Brie. Brie is the light of my life, and I didn’t know that I could love a non-human being as much as I love her. Brie is a rescue. I’ve told her story many times, […]

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Small-Town Spring Break

I’m sitting in a cute little place called Cafe Chocolate in downtown Lititz. I’m writing, and I’m happy. I’m seriously toying with the idea of interior design, but I know I have to finish this English degree before I do anything else. It’s slower here; I know that goes without saying, but it’s nice not […]

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Career Calling Possibilities

I’ve never really known what I want to be when I grow up. I know I still have time. I know I can always go back to school or get any certification I want or need when I do finally figure it out. But, considering that I’m graduating in August, I’d like to figure something […]

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Oh the Places to Go! (Part I)

I’ve always loved the idea of traveling. As stated in a previous post, I love to learn, and I believe travel is an excellent way to learn about oneself and others, and our similarities and differences. Thanks to the boyfriend’s job, it is likely that I will do a lot of traveling in the next […]

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Monthly Goals for March

A new month has begun. How is it March already?! Here in the DC area March is practically spring, though yesterday and today have been bitterly cold. Next week should be better, and hopefully from there, as they said in the new Mary Poppins movie, there’s nowhere to go but up. I have a few […]

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The Future

I’ll admit it. Lately, I’ve been stressed about the future. The future has, for me, been a source of comfort for a long time. I have everything but my funeral planned, mostly on Pinterest. Dreaming about the future has always been a comfort because I know that, no matter what happens right now, the future […]

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What Love Does

Love, love, love. The things we do for love. We drive almost three hundred miles in a twenty-four hour or so period for a night in our love’s arms. We change our life plans. My parents have always frequently reminded me, “Man plans; God laughs.” In the last few years I have discovered that has […]

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Trying to Adult

Everyone wants to improve. Change is the only thing that is constant in this world – change, and death, which is its own change. Improvement is a type of change, as well. We should all strive to improve, as we are humans, and humans are innately flawed beings. In the same vein, because humans are […]

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Self-Care

Self-care is one of those terms that has gone viral in the past few years. Typically, self-care is attributed to caring for the physical self, and seems to be marketed more toward women. Self-care seems to mean skincare, haircare, fancy baths, fluffy things, etc. While those things are important and certainly can be a part […]

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Live to the Point of Tears

It’s so funny – when I had to read it in high school, I hated Albert Camus’ The Stranger. As a lifelong depressed person, the ideas in the book were the worst thing for me to read. The idea of the futility of essentially everything did not help my chronic hopelessness. I searched for meaning […]

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How to Look and Feel More Attractive

Drink more water. There are so many benefits to drinking water! Just think – over half of your body is composed of water, so it’s clearly vital not only to survival, but also to thriving. Drinking water is good for your skin and your health. Thirst frequently manifests as hunger, meaning that many times when […]

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Staycation Essentials

It’s been snowing all day here in the D.C. area. Snow has always enchanted and excited me. Maybe it’s the perpetual schoolgirl who endures somewhere deep within me who awakens to a morning especially bright, rushes to the window, and peers outside to see if that magical substance has transformed the harsh and discouraging winter […]

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Valentine’s Day Approaches

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon. It’s also an anniversary for Ben and me: the anniversary of our first kiss. (I know, I know, cue retching noises. The day and the event were not intentionally synced.) Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019, will be Ben and my four-year anniversary. Four years! We met when we were teenagers […]

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Review: Northside Social – Falls Church

On a bright, cold day during the polar vortex (AKA today), the boyfriend and I went to a local coffee shop I’d been wanting to try. It was Northside Social, whose Falls Church branch opened in summer 2018. As I just returned to the area for the foreseeable future in December 2018 after a year […]

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Resolutions

I realize I’m a little late on this, as it is now the end of January. Though, to be completely honest, I’ve never really been into New Year’s resolutions. I think it’s silly to wait to change yourself, your life, your situation, what have you, for one specific day. I know change is constant. On […]

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Update – 24 January 2019

I’ve slowly been working on the novel, still as yet untitled. One day I wrote five pages in half an hour, and the next I wrote a half a page in an hour. But I am doing it. I am writing. I’ve changed my main character’s name again. Cora didn’t quite fit. She’s Sofia now, […]

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The Purge

I have not yet read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but I have long known of the idea that you purge your life of whatever does not “spark joy.” That idea never profoundly resonated with me – until recently. (Side note: I have since checked out the e-book of The Life-Changing Magic […]

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