Pause more, accelerate less

I wanted to have a profound thought. I wanted to write a new post that would sing and sway the way I hope the coming year does. But in all honestly, this year doesn’t feel like a “new” start. It isn’t a new page, turned and blank, ready to be filled with goals or dreams or hopes or wishes.

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Quick Trip: Drinking around the world in 12 hours or less

For my (not so) little sister’s 21st birthday, all she wanted to do was drink around the world at EPCOT as a family. The gift that keeps on giving. And we didn’t need any convincing. We spent a total of almost 12 hours at the park and let me tell you, it was a blast. It was also much more difficult than I anticipated.

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The duty we call journalism: my year in news during the 2016 election

If you take nothing else from the rest of this post, know that these people exist in real life. These journalists hellbent on presenting the facts, spend countless hours, making nearly nothing to fulfill the duty we call journalism. On this day, two years ago, I was one of those people. 

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More than a haircut

In a sweaty, wave of frustration that fall had not arrived, I cut nearly 7 inches off my hair. It’s never been this short. I now live in a world where sunscreen is required on the back of my neck and ponytails are nonexistent. It was liberating. A girl walks into a hair salon and leaves a miraculous, goddess-like version of herself: it’s not new concept. (See Nappily Ever After)

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Quick Trip Tips: Philly

Since I had never been to Philadelphia, we did a little tourist trip on Sunday. We went to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. We quoted National Treasure one too many times. We went to the Reading Terminal Market and stopped by the LOVE park. We drove past the Rocky steps and I threw my fist in the air, but it was packed and parking seemed way too difficult just for a picture. We also made time to go to a Philly’s game while I was in town.

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Finding biblical contentment in the age of #grindtime

I’m a bit of a joy addict. I search high and low, obsessed with finding the next thing, person or place that will fill my life with joy. It’s a habit well-aligned with everything our culture tells us. 

“Find what you love and do that.” 
“Life’s too short to be unhappy.”
"It's not the number of breaths we take, but the number of moments that take our breath away."

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14 fucks I learned not to give in year 23

I realized that I got to most of my success, confidence and wisdom by walking through some pretty sucky days. And while I’d love to stand here, ripe at 24 and say “I am a warrior goddess, conqueror of all that tried to hold me back,” I’ve instead learned that a lot of that success, confidence and wisdom come from, minimizing our battles back into perspective and…

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I want to be more like Jessica Day in 2018

I’ll be honest, this is a blog post about New Year’s resolutions. I won’t ever call it that, but I’ll tip-toe around it, walking like and talking like a New Year’s resolution blog without ever admitting to being one. It’s a point of pride. Maybe I’ll work on pride in 2019.

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9 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Graduated College

Right out of college I took a job 4 hours away from where I went to school. It meant moving out of my college house into the world’s smallest, and most expensive studio apartment—in the middle of winter. It was plenty big for my dog and me, but whenever it stormed or was really windy, my hot water would cut off. I called maintenance, and they seemed to always be busy. They simply, and casually (as if I should know) said, “it’s probably just your pilot light.”

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