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Archive for December 2011

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions (For Real This Time)

Oh no, is it really almost January? Crap! I’ve got 3 days to complete my new year’s resolutions that I laid out last January. Do you think I have enough time to lose 30 pounds, learn to speak Italian, and write a novel??? Why does this happen every year? We make a vow to stop…

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Expand Your Expectations For Other People

I’m not much of a baker (I have a tendency to disregard recipes and make a mess), but I decided to try my hand at being a domestic goddess, if only for a day. I made some vegan banana walnut bread for Chris (it’s got to be healthier than that Captain Crunch cereal he normally…

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Start a New Tradition By Making Your Own Holidays

Do you ever get tired of celebrating holidays the same way every year? Do you ever get tired of holidays in general? I know I do! That’s why I decided long ago that I wouldn’t resign myself to participating in the same old traditions. I’ve been inventing my own holidays and traditions (like the Thank…

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The Pros and Cons of Wish Lists

Christmas is just a few days away, and I’m so excited about the presents Chris will give me—especially because I already know what they will be. I’m no psychic. Chris and I use a simple concept to be sure we both get what our hearts desire at every gift-giving occasion: the wish list. THUMP! That…

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Life Lessons From My New Dog

This is Skyla, also known as Cutest Puppy on Earth. Chris and I adopted Skyla from the local humane society last week. She’s a 10-month-old boxer. Even though we’ve only had her for a week, she’s already taught me some valuable lessons. You can overcome a bad past. At some point in her short life,…

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Always End on a Bright: Making a Good Last Impression

Years ago when I was in college, I was a reporter for the university newspaper. I also took journalism classes for my minor. One lecture from my Journalism 101 professor (who was also the newspaper’s editor-in-chief) has always stayed with me. He explained the concept of a “bright.” A bright is one last bit of…

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Holiday Weirdness Is All Around

Chris and I went to Starbucks today. They had some holiday decals on the windows that I thought were a little wacky: Bird #1: Tra la la la la! I have a twig with berries! Bird #2: HOLY CRAP! What happened to your legs?!? I hope you’ll take time to appreciate the weirdness this holiday…

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