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Delayed Independence

When I was a new college grad, diploma in hand, I never considered moving back home was an option. I assumed I'd get a high-paying entry level job, get my own place and never sleep in my childhood bedroom again.

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Pack Light

I have two days left until my big cross-country flight with a toddler. I’ve created the lofty goal for myself to pack everything we need in one carry-on suitcase. Maybe I’m deluding myself, but I haven’t checked a bag in over three years and I’d like to keep my streak going! I’ve created my strategy to make sure everything fits and I’d like to share a few helpful tips if you’re a mom who wants to pack light with a toddler.

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Running and Leadership

If you asked me when I was a kid if I liked to run I would have said no way! To make a long story short, I have since fallen in love with running. This past May, I was blessed to finish the Chase Corporate Challenge in 22:15, a personal record. However, I did not run the race to achieve a personal best, I ran it in memory of my grandpa.

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Make the World Dance

A very wise president, Kid President, once said, “It’s everyone’s duty to give the world a reason to dance.”

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Faded Pictures

There were so many memories in that box. I couldn’t help but wonder if future generations will be missing out on the joy of thumbing through printed photos.

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Flaky Mom

I tried. I really did. I did my best to still stay on top of child-rearing, maintain a healthy relationship and keeping up with friends and family while also holding down a job. Despite my best efforts, I’ve come to the realization that I’m kind of a flake. 

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Smartphones: A Social Apocalypse?

It’s a sunny, cool day. After a grueling vertical climb, an eleven-year-old finally reaches the top of the rock wall and rings the bell proudly. I cheer. The group’s teacher cheers. I look over my shoulder at the other students on the ground, who are strangely silent, and find them huddled around cell phones.

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