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Expand Your Expectations For Other People

December 26, 2011

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

December 24, 2011

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

December 22, 2011

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

December 18, 2011

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

December 14, 2011

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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