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Day 26: Imagination

Day 26: Imagination

Perhaps I have an overactive imagination. Probably no proper and mature adult should make up as many stories as I do, but let me tell you, a little imagination makes life so colorful! I love taking walks and inventing characters to live in all the houses I pass, or making up elaborate fairy tales on the spot for the kiddos (which sometimes backfires when they want to hear them retold and I can’t remember), or as I told you earlier…

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Day 23: The Little Things

Day 23: The Little Things

As I’m sure you know, in the quest for living a grateful life, it’s important to not focus all our attention on the big things. I think the quiet little moments of domestic satisfaction are the oil that keeps my crazy life running smoothly. Something as simple as a perfectly cooked egg can be such a pleasure, you know? So today, I wanted to take a look at my favorite little things that are just so nice. The feeling of…

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Christmas Alone, an Experiment

Christmas Alone, an Experiment

My family celebrated Christmas a few days early this year. We got together and worked on my brother’s kitchen remodel (okay, other people worked on that. I drank coffee and fried plantains) and ate mountains of tortillas y frijoles y semitas y cafe y tacos, and I may or may not have taught my nieces and nephews the chicken dance, because I’m a good aunt.  Good times were had by all. Anyhow, what celebrating early meant is that come Christmas Day,…

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The Care and Feeding of Missionaries

The Care and Feeding of Missionaries

A while ago I wrote a post about some of the annoying things people say to returned missionaries, which you can find here if you didn’t read it. I got responses from fellow TCKs and missionaries who knew just what I meant, but I also had people asking what things should be said. It’s a hard question to answer. You know, ranting is a lot easier than guiding people along the paths of righteousness and good etiquette. 🙂 That’s why my blog…

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Little Letters

Little Letters

Dear Thanksgiving, You don’t get nearly the attention you deserve. You were by far my favorite holiday, growing up, and although Christmas is creeping closer each year, you’ll always have a special place in my heart. My family knows how to do Thanksgiving right, and this year, most of us are together and are doing the full-blown spread, with everything from cranberry salad full of cream cheese chunks, to turkey done all night on the smoker, to Mimi’s famous spicy…

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8 Tips For the Harried Introvert

8 Tips For the Harried Introvert

About every ten days or so, I ponder why on earth I’m so incredibly busy. I’ll think I have a free week, but before I know it, every night except one has filled up, and my floors get crummy and my laundry piles up while time marches on and events happen in a flurry. Church! Birthday parties! Volunteering! Running! Babysitting! Burgers across the street! And so I run and run until I find myself emotionally unstable in all my ways….

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Why Do People Like Birthdays?

Why Do People Like Birthdays?

I’ve been counting down the time to my birthday as if I were a five-year-old, and happily making plans for it for weeks. Picnics! Dressing up! Mango cream buns! I like growing older, and I like celebrations and presents and cake and introspection, so I think birthdays are swell. In celebration of mine coming next week (!!!), I did a little poll among my friends, asking, “What do you like about birthdays?” So without further ado, here are some of the…

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Relating to Someone Who Just Broke Up

Relating to Someone Who Just Broke Up

Have you ever had a friend break up and felt yourself at a complete loss for words? It’s hard to know if you should mention their ex, pretend like the relationship never happened, give them space, ask questions, or what! You want to help, but without experience, you don’t know how to make it better. A couple years ago, I was in a serious relationship for the better part of a year. The breakup was a best case scenario, ending amicably and…

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Dealing With Small Talk

Dealing With Small Talk

I’m fine, thanks for asking. I am 5′ 8″, maybe 9″. No, I don’t play volleyball. I’m from North Carolina. I work in finance. Yes, the weather is beautiful. Now that we have that out of the way, can we get down to business? I dislike meeting strangers, and I think it’s mostly because I hate making small talk. Wikipedia defines small talk as, “An informal type of discourse that does not cover any functional topics of conversation…” Does that…

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Fine Wine Versus Plexus Slim

Fine Wine Versus Plexus Slim

Aging. It’s a funny thing, isn’t it. We humans try desperately to cling to the remaining vestiges of our youth in an attempt to ignore the inevitable. As I’m practically a babe in the woods still, I don’t have much experience with aging. And yet, I find it knocking on my consciousness in unexpected ways. At Youth Retreat, when I watch all the sixteen-year-olds cavort about and I just want to go to bed, suddenly I feel old. When I…

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Why I Started Blogging

Why I Started Blogging

Several years ago I left my family and moved thirteen hours away to teach school in a little farm community in Illinois. It was my first time living on my own for more than a couple months, and I wanted a way to easily keep in touch with my family and share my adventures with them. I had tried blogging before, but it had petered out, as most blogs tend to do when started by visionary teenagers. So I opened…

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