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Pause. Rewind. Reset.

If bloggers in the blogging community earned points for being a good blogger, I am pretty sure that as of late, my point balance would be in the negatives.

Blogging is so much more than just writing blog posts. When I think of “blogging” I think of the whole shebang: commenting, networking, writing, promoting, etc. Being a blogger is hard work and is not something that can be half-assed.And…

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Pause. Rewind. Reset.

If bloggers in the blogging community earned points for being a good blogger, I am pretty sure that as of late, my point balance would be in the negatives.

Blogging is so much more than just writing blog posts. When I think of “blogging” I think of the whole shebang: commenting, networking, writing, promoting, etc. Being a blogger is hard work and is not something that can be half-assed.And…

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Death: A Lesson Learned at an Early Age

Death: A Lesson Learned at an Early Age

I first learned about death at the age of five when my father passed away.

It was a cruel lesson, the cruelest lesson anyone can imagine. But would a lesson about death be any other way?

* * *

In second grade, I switched schools. I did not know what to say when my teachers asked me about my father.

My father had died when I was attending my previous school. There, I had been spared the lesson of…

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Unfiltered

I have always described this blog as a “personal blog.” However, I’ve been stuck on that label lately. Is it even personal anymore? (No, I don’t really think it is.) Was it ever? (You know what? That’s a good question.) Are personal blogs even a thing anymore, or has it morphed into the gigantic beast that it lifestyle blogging/Pinterest-worthy photos/sponsored content? (I hope not.)

I never kept…

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Link Love, Vol. 52

Link Love, Vol. 52

Today will be spent packing and getting ready to depart for a two-week trip for work. Yes, TWO WEEKS! That’s the longest time I’ve been sent anywhere for work (and also my second time I’ve been sent anywhere for work, ahem). I’ll be in Alabama; I’m simultaneously excited/nervous/apprehensive about it. It’ll be a good work trip to be a part of from what I can tell, but Alabama isn’t exactly known…

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A Day in the Life: March 2014

A Day in the Life: March 2014

On a designated day each month, I post a linkup where bloggers can showcase what “a day in the life” that month is like with photos, text or a combination of the two. For more information about this project, click here.

a day in the life

8 a.m.: I woke up at around 5 a.m. to see an email from my boss saying that our offices were closed for the day due to the snowstorm. Since I clock in at 8:30, I set my alarm for…

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Ipsy: Destination Beauty (March 2014)

Ipsy: Destination Beauty (March 2014)

Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service. For $10/month, members get deluxe samples and full-sized products along with a tote bag to keep all the items in. Each month’s tote design depends on that month’s theme. To see previous Ipsy bags I’ve received, click here.

Another month, another Ipsy bag! While this bag has fewer products than usual, it does include two full-sized items and two…

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Link Love, Vol. 50

Link Love, Vol. 50

I feel like I’ve been successfully finding my groove again in light of the recent major changes that have taken place in my life. Work and play is a balance I always struggle with finding, but I’ve been making strides in that department and am happy with where things are falling into place.

This weekend, for example, I took it easy and kept mostly to myself, save for a shopping trip with my BFF.…

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Women’s Money Week: Traditional Careers and Jobs

Women’s Money Week: Traditional Careers and Jobs

This post is part of Women’s Money Week 2014.

I remember when I was starting my long and arduous job search process in my final semester of college. My aunt sent me an email wishing me luck in my search, and then noted how different my career trajectory would be to hers simply because so much has changed in a generation. She stayed at her first job for 20 years, which is something I can’t even…

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Women’s Money Week: Part-Time Work

Women’s Money Week: Part-Time Work

This post is part of Women’s Money Week 2014.

I had my fair share of part-time jobs before I graduated school and entered the workforce to work full-time. Before college it was the odd spot of babysitting and lots of volunteering. Nothing too exciting as both were pretty run-of-the-mill for your average high school student.

I had LOTS of part-time work in college, though. In addition to my…

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