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4 Unique & Creative Gift Exchange Ideas for Couples

Finding the perfect present for your partner at any stage of your relationship can be tough. One of the things I’ve struggled with over the years is understanding how much I should be spending. What’s the price point of a first Christmas together when you’ve been dating six months? How does that change when it’s been four years? What does …

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Month 9: Turning The Corner

Month 9 Gig Status Overview I decided to title this post “Turning the corner” because it really feels like I’m rounding out this year-long gig economy experiment. With one quarter remaining, I’ve gotten very clear on the aspects of freelance I enjoy and those I would rather do without. A few things have pulled away from the pack as those …

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How To End The Year Healthier

People inherently like to start things on milestones. That’s what makes January 1 such a popular date to attempt to change behaviors. We love arbitrary dates like the first of the year, month, or week. How many times have you eaten a dessert on Thursday and thought, “Oh screw it, I’ll get back on my diet Monday.” These are the …

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A Simple Process To Pay Yourself As A Freelancer

After transitioning to freelance work, one of the biggest questions I faced is “How and when do I pay myself?” In the beginning, I was making meager amounts, and it seemed like a waste of time to try and withhold taxes and pay myself with $100 or less in my account.  Not only did it feel like I wasn’t making enough …

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How To Make Healthy Thanksgiving Swaps The Family Won’t Notice

Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year. I look forward to it at the first hint of fall. It’s a day of spending time with loved ones, turkey trotting, drinking great wine, relaxing, and, most importantly, cooking incredible food. The combination of dishes on Thanksgiving complement each other so well, and I love how the dishes are great on …

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How To Get Back On Track With Diet And Exercise After A Lapse

Picture this. You’re clicking on all cylinders when it comes to health. You’ve made it to the gym regularly for a month, your nutrition is dialed in, and you’re feeling confident. You’re seeing progress, feeling motivated, and fairly certain that nothing can stop you now from reaching your health and fitness goals. Then you get an injury, take a family …

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