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Dealing with estranged parents

My relationship with my father was a strained one. The more I think about our relationship, the more I seem to understand about him. He grew up in a poor household and had to work to support both his parents and 6 other siblings. It was a tough childhood and as a result he never wanted a family centered lifestyle. I understand that now that I’m an adult.  He was forced into it when he was arranged to marry my…

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Why it’s OK to be Imperfect

In a world full of Photoshop, Instagram and high profile influencers, it can be difficult to embrace personal imperfections. When we see strangers living picture perfect lives, we begin to crave that for ourselves. It’s an intimidating feeling and while most of these photos are staged and heavily edited… We still tell ourselves we want to live those lives. But life isn’t perfect and we shouldn’t be either. So what to do in a world that demands we cover our…

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I took a break

My computer decided it was time to stop working. Instead of searching for a way to manage my blog I opted to take the week off. For a week I didn’t think much about this space. Instead I spent a lot of time reading. Like with an actual book. There’s a huge part of me that loves to buy books but not read them. I feel terrible about separating the pages and bending the spine. Instead I opt to buy…

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31 Things I did before 31

There are times we all look back and think of what we’ve done in life. Since I turned 31 this year I decided to talk about the 31 things I did before I turned 31. It’s not impressive by any means. But this is the way I’ve lived my life so far. It’s not perfect but it is 100% me. 1. Moved out of my comfort zone I could have stayed in America and dated in my hometown but instead…

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2018 in review

Boy oh boy, this year went by so fast. There’s a part of me that believes that time goes by faster as we get older. This year flew by without me even noticing. So much has happened and I’ve changed in so many ways. Of course I made a lot of mistakes a long the way but I grew from them too. We also had a blast enjoying our free time. Sander and I went out and did so many…

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My Childhood Holiday Memories

Everyone has holiday memories that come rushing back when December rolls around. And some of them are the most amazing of times. As a child, I got to experience many good memories that I still treasure today because things got a little chaotic as I got older. I wanted to take a stroll down memory lane to share some of them with you. Sitting under the Christmas Tree I had a collection of Pokémon figures that I took with me…

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A letter to my favorite authors

I may not be good at it but I love writing. I’ve loved it for as long as I can remember. I loved it more than hanging out with children my age. In highschool I wrote in my free time. I was an active member in the creative writing club until it’s founders graduated and the club disbanded. When our high school created its first creative writing class, I was 1 of 5 students to sign up. In college I took…

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An Autumn update on us

Once in a while it’s a good to share how we’ve been. An Autumn update and a personal post on how life is to going. Long story short, it’s been good. We’ve been busy with positive experiences and only a few negative ones. We’re going into the end of the year more prepared and excited for the holidays. Last year we we spent a lot of time searching for our 2nd puppy. This year will calmer and a time of…

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How we celebrate our Shiba Inus’ birthdays

Our ladies celebrated their birthdays last month! Booker is now 2 years old and Haru is 1. It’s been a rollercoaster with these two Shiba Inus but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. These two mean so much to us that we celebrate their existence in our lives everyday. It’s only once a year that these little ladies get older so we take the time to go the extra mile. Baked goodies Last year I baked a…

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