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Can You Go with the Flow?

Melissa and I are spending a few days away in New Hampshire, and decided to head out this morning to do some hiking. Our goal is to bag our first 4,000-foot peak in the White Mountains -- something we've been talking about for more than a year. We pack our lunches, gather our ...

Embrace the Ease

I'm on my way to drop friends off at the bus station when I notice a cyclist standing on the grass crying, her bike on the ground next to her. She's talking to a man, and is clearly upset. I pull over thinking she was either hit by a car ...

What Are You Attracting?

Some friends and I are hanging out in a small, public park, talking about music. "Ooh, I'm diggin' the new One Republic song, 'Love Runs Out'," I say. Some hadn't heard it yet, so I take out my phone and play it for them, amplifying it a bit on a portable speaker. I'm ...

How To Deliver the Goods

I bought a new car last week. (Don't cha just love that new car smell?!). Unlike most people, I don't mind the process of the purchase. I enjoy some healthy negotiation. In fact, last time I bought a car, the sales manager at the dealership offered me a job. For ...

How Will You Spend Your 12 Weekends?

We're in the midst of summer here in New England, and it feels like it's been a long time coming. As I sit outside of a downtown cafe writing this post, people pass me by in their shorts and sandals, talking about what a beautiful day it is (it sure ...

Are You a Speed Bump or a Green Light?

I'm at the nail salon getting a pedicure. The customer in the seat next to me has been on her phone for a while, clearly being a sympathetic ear for the person on the other end. "You need to eat," I hear her say. "Do you want me to stop by with some ...

Let Yourself Off the Hook

I once had a boss who drove me bat-shit crazy. She was clueless about what went into the work we did, and looked foolish when she'd try to instruct us on how to do our jobs. She was the walking example of the often-used business approach of continuously promoting those ...

Settle into the New

As I head over to my desk to write, I call to one of my cats, Kaya, to tell her it's time for work. When I do this, she'll often follow me over and jump up on a small ottoman (aka her office chair) and settle in next to me. Last week ...

A New Approach to Deal with Change

We did it! We sold the house and are settling into our downsized space. Phase 1 on the journey to the new American dream is in the books, but it hasn't come without its challenges. Change often isn't easy. That which feels unfamiliar can sometimes be terrifying. While packing, Little Kerri would take ...

Eliminate Clutter Responsibly

If you've hung out with me long enough, you know I'm a bit clutter-clearing obsessed. Hey, there are worse things, right? With the big moving day coming up on Sunday, we are getting rid of shit like crazy! Because we are downsizing considerably -- from a house to an apartment, then ...

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