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I Don’t Want a Life of Crumbs and Neither Should You

I learned a long time ago that you could live whatever life you want and be whoever you want to be and there was only one ingredient in living that way: YOU.  The choice to live big is no one else’s and the decision to never settle for less than you deserve is yours alone. I don’t say that lightly; I don’t want you to think that making those kinds of decisions has always been easy for me. But I have...

We All Need a Tribe: How To Find One and Why You Need One

If you look at an island for what it is, it’s a piece of land, surrounded by water that stands alone. There’s no united of states or neighboring unions. It just floats in the middle of the ocean, somewhat disconnected from the rest of the world. Being a writer feels a lot like that. Heck, being an adult feels a lot like that. It couldn’t be further from college days when meeting a new friend was simple arithmetic: 1 beer + 1 mutual laugh...

An Expat Checklist for a Smooth Transition

Every journey begins somewhere. If you’re like me, it began on a piece of paper with a checklist. Big fan of the checklist. There’s just something about making a left-handed checkmark (some of you call this a backwards checkmark) next to a completed item that makes me want to celebrate. There are so many things to consider when you are moving abroad, so many questions to ask yourself. So when Alex, from Currency UK, reached out and asked to guest post an...

8 Things My Kids Absolutely Do Not Need for Christmas

Around the holidays, I’m in emotional turmoil about what to give my kids for Christmas. Christmases of long ago (ok – of long, long ago) when I was a kid, my parents and grandparents spoiled us rotten, truckloads of gifts in garbage bags bursting out of their cars like a clown car. As a kid, Christmas wasn’t my favorite holiday because of the Mount Everest living room of parents, but, gosh, it was pretty awesome. As a parent, I know that...

Being Us First

I read an article I just haven’t been able to stop thinking about. “I’m Not a ‘Mother First” is an article written by Jessica Valenti for The Nation‘s online magazine. To be upfront, part of what I liked so much about this article was that I agree with it and have voiced my own personal concern for this idea; the idea that now that I am a mother, I must somehow give up my Individual Identity Card and pick up my...