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The 21 Day Fix: Part 1

The 21 Day Fix: Part 1

Recently I came to the realization that my current eating and exercise plans were not working properly, so I began doing a little research to find better options. (I’ve been blaming the long and cold winter on my lack of exercise over the last few months, but the time for making excuses is over, and […]


Asking For Help

Asking for help is something that has never been easy for me. I’ve always been the type of person who thinks I can do everything on my own, or have been too timid to reach out and ask others to assist me– I think a big part of that is fear of being told no or […]


Blog Worthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Blog Worthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

A few weeks ago, I was sent an article detailing different methods to make the best chocolate chip cookies, and was informally challenged to try making some of the recipes listed to see how the scientifically proven best chocolate chip cookies stacked up against other recipes. Before I had a chance to bake any cookies […]


Sometimes It’s Better to Just Fall

Sometimes It’s Better to Just Fall

Bicycling has become one of my favorite ways to stay active and exercise, and most weeks I can manage to get in 3-5 bike rides around the park (when it’s not 1 million degrees with 100% humidity outside). The bike path that loops around the park is roughly 6 miles long, well maintained, and a very […]


How to Sublet Your Apartment in Under 48 Hours

Last month, I decided to start searching for a new place as my lease was ending at the end of the summer, and knew that I would not be staying at that place for another year. A number of factors contributed to my decision to move, with a notice in a change of management being […]


#loveyourselfie

#loveyourselfie

An interesting news story was brought to my attention today and reminded me that something I’ve been wanting to write about for quite some time is selfies and body image. The Today Show had a segment where the anchors appeared on camera without makeup, and then reportedly opened up about some of their own body issues […]


That Awkward Moment

If, like me, you are single and happen to have a fairly large circle of friends that are the opposite sex, you may have found yourself in a situation similar to the one I experienced recently. While bored during some break time at work, I decided to check in on an online dating app that […]


Midnight Movies: What I’ve Learned as I’m Approaching 30

I love going to see a movie on the big screen. Most of the time, it’s a new release that is playing, but sometimes the theaters (at least some in St. Louis) have special viewings of older, “classics.” The catch with these special showings is that they are usually starting at midnight, which is later […]


I’ve Never…

This entry was originally posted February 2014, but part of my Spring Cleaning made me realize it was left in draft/hidden status, despite being complete. Enjoy my silly confession! 🙂 When I was in college, I was introduced to the “I’ve Never” game during a sleepover with my sorority sisters. The concept is pretty simple, where […]


How a Sweater Taught Me About Friendship

How a Sweater Taught Me About Friendship

Several years ago I acquired what is probably my favorite winter clothing item, and at the time my best friend purchased the same one. (Yeah, we were those girls who sometimes purchased matching outfits to wear together.) For me, the sweater was a necessary purchase as I was home for the weekend from my internship […]


I Don’t Want to be an Enabler

There’s a fine line between helpful to do the right thing, and being helpful to the point where you are enabling someone to either take advantage of you, or to ultimately hurt themselves. As often as possible, I try to go out of my way to do the right thing and be a nice person– […]


A New Challenge

One of my favorite parts about getting online is checking to see what  new articles or blog posts await me in my RSS reader. I don’t always have time to read every single item that I subscribe to, so I usually skim the headlines, open a couple in new tabs in my browser, then bookmark […]


The Road Not Taken

Earlier this week during my English class we discussed Robert Frost’s famous poem “The Road Not Taken,” and the discussion in my class about this particular poem was interesting to the point where I’m still thinking about it days later. If you’re unfamiliar with this poem, or it’s just been a while since you’ve read […]


An Evening Without Facebook: A True Tale of Survival

Missing from my main screen was the familiar "F," which normally lives next door to the App Store icon.

Whenever new software updates come out for phones– specifically the iPhone– I always try to download and install them as quickly as possible. Partly because it helps me at work to know what issues may arise from the changes, but mostly because I just want to have the latest technology right at my fingertips. After […]


The End of an Era

Last week I finally made  a decision to say goodbye to a long trusted “friend”: my first checking account. The idea of closing this particular account has been floating around in the back of my mind for a couple of years, as I rarely use that account for anything and the bank locations aren’t exactly […]


Moving Forward

I’ve learned that change is inevitable, and while some changes I’ve accepted kicking and screaming, others I’ve fully embraced. In the last month or so I’ve had to make some pretty big decisions regarding work, friendships/relationships, and the possibility of moving. Some of those decisions aren’t yet final, but will hopefully be resolved soon. While […]


Analysis Paralysis

If I’ve learned one thing during my recent search for a new apartment, it’s that I most certainly suffer from a little condition called “analysis paralysis.” I’ve heard this phrase used often when reading game reviews (when there are too many choices that all seem like good ones, it’s easy to get stuck trying to […]


A New 60 Day Challenge

A few months ago I decided to challenge myself to finish a novel I had started a while back. I set a deadline of 60ish days, and had high hopes that not only would I finish, but that I would finish early. Unfortunately, I lost steam after the first couple of days, and then suffered […]


The Necessity of Sunscreen

The Necessity of Sunscreen

Yesterday, on what was probably the hottest day of the year so far in St. Louis, I did something very stupid: Spent an afternoon at the pool without applying proper sunscreen. Since I’m fair-skinned, I really should have known better, especially since this definitely isn’t my first go around with a bad sunburn. I’m not […]


Cat Grooming 101

Cat Grooming 101

Several weeks ago I decided to adopt a couple of kittens, and while they are perfect angels most of the time, sometimes they accidentally inflict damage because of their tiny kitten claws. At first I didn’t mind the kittens (Gwen and Hodor are the names I decided on for them) pawing at me with their […]


Going Green

For the last several weeks I’ve wanted to test out a new method of getting to work in the morning: riding my bicycle instead of driving my car. Since I only live about 3 miles away from work, and already have a really great bike, the only piece missing for me to test out this […]


A New Adventure Every Single Day

A New Adventure Every Single Day

For the last year or so (maybe longer), I’ve mentally adopted a philosophy of trying to have some sort of adventure every day. I recently shared this philosophy and was excited to discover the person I was talking to has a similar approach to life (and it felt a little like we were odd kindred […]


Life Lessons My Mom Taught Me

Last year on Mother’s Day, I wrote about the women in my life (not just my Mom) who were instrumental in raising and mothering me. This year, I planned on expanding that list with some of the other key women in my life, but changed my mind and decided to share some of the life […]


My First Bikram Yoga Class

Today, after many weeks of deliberation, I decided to sign up for a yoga class near my work. I’ve done some yoga in the past, and while I expected the class to be more slightly more difficult than ones I’d attended in the past (yoga is all they do at this place, whereas all previous […]


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