intentions for 2015

Happy new year! Where do you stand on resolutions? Part of me (the type A planner + list maker) has the urge every year to write out a long, detailed list of goals and plans. Another part of me kind of hates the idea of confining the year ahead to a list made on December 31st.

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the #1 lesson of 2014

I don’t know about you, but to me 2014 felt pretty wild. Sometimes wild in a great way – and sometimes wild in a pretty terrible way. There are definitely experiences from this year that I never (ever ever) want to repeat again. But there were also so many beautiful moments – saying our vows

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the importance of everyday gurus

Friends are essential. This isn’t news to most of us – we all know we need at least a few close friends to confide in, lean on, laugh with, cry with, etc etc etc. But beyond that, its important to have friends who can serve as “gurus” in different areas of your life. These are the

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words to live by | no. 10

This life of ours can be tough. This world we live in can be so ugly. Among the many, many beautiful places and things on this planet… so many people are going through hard things, unfair things, devastating things. It’s easy to feel helpless, like there’s nothing we can possibly do to relieve any of

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the best decision

In my 28.5 years of life so far, I think one of the best decisions I’ve ever made (besides marrying my husband – which wouldn’t have happened anyways without the other decision I’m about to tell you about) was deciding to study abroad during college. I spent the spring semester of my junior year in

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west coast – east coast

It’s been longer than planned since I last updated beautiful + co… The past six weeks have been pretty nuts. At the end of September I wrapped up a big event at work in Seattle, and then the real craziness began… We sold, donated and packed all of our belongings, drove across the country in four days towing a

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changes – part 2

As I wrote the previous post about our upcoming move from Seattle back to the DC area, I started reflecting on all of the ways I’ve changed and grown during our time here. Its hard to believe that nearly three years have passed! But there are definitely some differences (some silly, some serious) between me then

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lessons

A few lessons I’ve learned in work and in life: Be nice to everyone. Seriously, everyone. The cashier. The taxi driver. Your colleagues (for goodness sakes, especially the facilities and IT people; they can make your life much easier – or much harder…) The CEO and the janitor. Your neighbors. Even people who aren’t very nice

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changes – part 1

Changes are coming! We are moving! And its no small move – all the way from west coast to east; the reverse of a trip we made more than two and a half years ago. My husband (then my new fiance) and I moved to Seattle from Washington, DC in early 2012 and it’s been

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the overwhelm

This article about “The Overwhelm” made the rounds online a earlier in the summer and I’ve read it a few times since then. I know there are actually a lot of things I DON’T have on my plate right now. Kids…a long commute… upkeep of a large house (the #1 benefit of living in a

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