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So to sum up my previous posts, year one in DC was about gaining confidence and rebuilding my emotional health. Year two was about building a strong financial foundation and gaining professional health. As I look forward to year three I’m hoping to build on my mind (creative) and body (physical) health. I feel like I finally have enough of a routine in DC that I can dedicate my extra time to creative and physical pursuits. Physical...

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It’s been far too long since I’ve updated this site. On the one hand I was so busy getting my feet under me that I didn’t have much time to process all of the changes in my life. On the other hand so many great things were happening that I didn’t want to sit down at a computer and try to sift out what I should write. Suffice it to say that my first two years in Washington, DC have been awesome and tiring and exciting and...

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If my first year in DC was about strengthening my emotional health, then my second year was building on my professional and financial health. As I said previously, it’s been a great boost to my confidence to have a job I can excel at while also making a difference (bleeding heart over here) and paving my own way. “But DC is SO EXPENSIVE!!!” They Said When I first moved to DC from the Midwest, the most common refrain I...

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I’m Moving to Washington DC

I’m Moving to Washington DC


Posted By on Nov 19, 2014

I’m moving to Washington, D.C. on Sunday. It’s both incredibly exciting and slightly terrifying. I applied for a dream job never thinking I had a chance, but then I got an interview and then an offer. So here I am. Packed up and ready to ship out in 4 days. Despite the anxiety, the excitement, the sheer amount of logistical planning that’s taking up my brain space right now, I can’t help but consider the pros and cons of a...

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I recently posted about obituaries, so the living dead is, of course, the next step, right? Have you ever watched a horror movie? Yes, probably, okay. Have you ever watched a horror movie with me? In general I am a terrible movie friend. I point out the plot inaccuracies, I’m really good at detecting mistakes in continuity, and when super sappy things happen in romantic comedies and everyone else is going “Le sigh,”...

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Did you know that body language accounts for 55-65% of our communication?   Public speaking may seem a bit off-topic for a storytelling blog, but I think it’s spot on. That’s because you can’t be a good public speaker without sharing stories. I’d even argue that telling stories helps you become a better speaker because even though you may not have the best handle on the information you’re presenting...

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Know When to Take a Break

Know When to Take a Break


Posted By on Mar 3, 2014

When you work from home suddenly your private space becomes your office. One day the kitchen table is where your inspiration finds a home. Another day your porch swing offers an inviting day of productivity. Sometimes you’ll even hide out in the second bedroom, plucking away on the laptop while lounging on the futon. As E.B. White said: “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a...

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The other day at work I was discussing (yet again) ANOTHER book I’m reading when my coworker said, “Do you have a list you’re following? You’re always reading such interesting books!” Best compliment I’ve received in at least a month. The truth is I don’t have a list, but I usually pick up interesting-sounding books on the clearance rack at Barnes & Noble, stumble across recommendations...

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