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March 31, 2019

I did see the humor in it – picking “expansiveness” as my Essence for March. I did find it cosmically charming – the idea of focusing on inner growth while my outer world was shrinking.

Each month of 2019, I have chosen an “Essence of the Month.

A month ago, when I coul...

March 27, 2019

Last month I received a text from a friend, Have you read the Go Giver? I had not. Address please.

These are the best kind of friends.

The Go-Giver is “a little story about a powerful business idea.” The book, written by Bob Burg and John David Mann can be read in a day...

March 24, 2019

Around 12:30 in the morning on what was technically Friday, March 22nd, I curled under my covers and squeezed Pistachio, my stuffed animal polar bear against my chest. I was all kinds of tired. But I kept replaying the scene that had taken place an hour before. And I d...

March 20, 2019

I never noticed Spring until I moved to New York City and since then, it’s all I’ve noticed. Spring in New York City holds eternal hope. If you do a Google Image search on the “season of Spring” you’ll find mostly pictures of brightly-colored flowers and blossoming tre...

March 17, 2019

When I moved to New York City in January 2016, I worked for two nonprofits during the day, a temp agency in the evenings, and a breastfeeding resource center on the weekends (in hindsight, I was wildly unqualified for one of these).

For those who aren’t familiar, temp a...

March 13, 2019

It was around this time last year that I was seriously contemplating quitting my comfortable, secure nonprofit job in New York City. I loved where I worked. I loved the people I worked with. But I was 23-years-old and the pull of adventure was weighing heavy on my hear...

March 10, 2019

I first “met” Jessica through a Facebook post about kindness. Who says you can’t make friends on the internet? After connecting, learning more about each other’s work, and chatting on the phone, I realized there was some deeper thread connecting me to my new West Coast...

March 6, 2019

On Monday, December 31st, 2018, my grandfather passed away from congestive heart failure. Today, March 5th, would have been his 98th birthday. Every year since moving to New York City, I made a point to go back to Pittsburgh to celebrate with him and my family.

This yea...

March 4, 2019

Three nights a week for one hour, I walk a dog named Zoey. Zoey is a Cavachon puppy who loves saying hi to other dogs and is afraid of the loud trucks that drive by. I absolutely love walking this dog. For one hour, three nights a week, I get greeted at the door by a f...

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