December is a difficult month

December is a difficult month

This is a hard month for me. For everyone, I know. The holiday demands, awkward family get togethers, and pressure to be in places with gifts is intimidating. I’ve never been the one to stress over the busy holiday season, but this year I’m facing challenge for a different reason. The other day, Husband and I were walking home from breakfast. I had just gotten my monthly reminder that I had a miscarriage. During breakfast, I chugged down all the…

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Fire by the Night

Fire by the Night

Remember when I said that I don’t specifically pick out historical fiction, but always end up reading it? Well, it’s true. I picked up Fire by the Night by Teresa Messineo because it sounded interesting, and it just happened to take place during World War II. Okay, maybe the fact that WWII was the setting for the novel made it sound interesting, but this is a chicken-egg situation. Anyway, this book. It’s about two nurses, Kay and Jo, in WWII….

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How do you say no to a winning lottery ticket?

How do you say no to a winning lottery ticket?

Imagine you were randomly gifted a lottery ticket. You know how that goes – it’s a holiday party at work and there’s a white elephant gift exchange and you got a stack of tickets. Okay, whatever. You don’t normally buy them, and quite frankly, you don’t need the jackpot. You’re doing pretty well. You have no debt, you’re relatively young, and you’re mostly excited about your work. Life is grand. Now, imagine that one of those tickets is golden. It’s…

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To the Bright Edge of the World

To the Bright Edge of the World

This book. Eowyn Ivey. Alaska. Love letters. Historical fiction. Magic. It’s everything. I have a soft spot for historical fiction. Like, I don’t seek out historical fiction books, but I somehow always end up with them and LOVE them. I think that I love being able to learn and experience a real event that happened, but through the eyes of a character that I can dive in to. Eowyn Ivey also wrote the book, Snow Child, which was a Pulitzer…

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What is meaningful work?

What is meaningful work?

A few months ago, I quit my job. Well, I quit my 9-to-5 job. I’ve had a side hustle that I’ve LOVED for a few years, so I’m still doing that. Husband and I are on our journey to financial independence. We’re also very nearly there, which is amazing and exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. After we reach FI, we were both planning on leaving our 9-to-5 jobs in pursuit of other less demanding and more personally…

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I had a miscarriage

I had a miscarriage

Have you ever carried around a big dark secret?   Of course you have. Life is full of embarrassing moments that you’d rather fade into the abyss, along with photos of your seventh grade bleached tips and over-plucked eyebrows.   But I’m not talking about that kind of secret. I’m talking about the devastating, soul-crushing secret that is awkward and sad to tell others, so you don’t. And even though you aren’t trying to hide it, you kind of are…

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