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by Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and is currently traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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Cuppa reads

After a few several weeks of stellar spring weather, we’ve been in a land notorious for gray skies and drizzle. No, not the Pacific Northwest—I’m looking at you, Paris. No complaints at all, believe me, but it’s been a reminder for me that spring wears many different dresses, and while she’s great at wildflowers and fresh mountain air, she still has a temper and likes to sulk in her moodiness.

Like all of us sometimes, eh? Wherever you are, friends, and in whatever season you’re in, may you remember that we each wear different dresses from time to time, and that it’s perfectly okay if you need to wear that gray one every now and then. (Or those yoga pants and tank top. However you want to carry this analogy.)

Moving on…

• I loved our fantastic discussion on this week’s post (we have such great readers here!), one of you shared this post, and I agree with every word: “Taking calculated risks is all a part of growing up. In fact, it plays a huge role. Childhood may be about safety and self-esteem, but as a student matures, risk and achievement are necessities in forming their identity and confidence. Because parents have removed ‘risk’ from children’s lives, psychologists are discovering a syndrome as they counsel teens: High Arrogance, Low Self-Esteem.” via Growing Leaders

This is a great post that can be applied not just to frugality, but how you work, how you interact with others, and how you parent: “Realizing what makes me tick helps me do a better job of being myself and of creating a life that works for me. I’ve always had kind of a ‘Do what works for you.’ mentality, but learning more about my personality and other people’s personalities has solidified that way of thinking even more.” via The Frugal Girl

• I’ve yet to read a better description of my tiny in-between generation than this—those of us born in the last few years of the 70s and the start of the 80s, labeled as Gen-Xers but still not quite fitting it, but definitely not Milennials: “If you can distinctly recall the excitement of walking into your weekly computer lab session and seeing a room full of Apple 2Es displaying the start screen of Oregon Trail, you’re a member of this nameless generation, my friend.” via Social Media Week

• Not sure I want to adopt the mantra of having a uniform, but I love the concept of a capsule wardrobe (been living it this year, that’s for sure). However, my friend Joshua makes a pretty compelling argument for the benefits of having a uniform: “For people who make significant decisions every day, the removal of even one—choosing clothes in the morning—leaves them with more mental space and better productivity throughout the day.” via Becoming Minimalist

• Finally, my friend Jamie hit a home run with this post where she shares the better question to ask besides am I getting enough done?: “Run your own race…this minute, this second. Be you unapologetically. Only do what’s yours to do right now, and watch how your family, yourself, and even the world is changed because of it.” via Steady Mom

Have a great weekend, friends!

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” ―Rainer Maria Rilke

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Cuppa reads

For fun, I thought I’d make this week’s reads a little different. Because we could all use a bit of lightheartedness every now and then, right? Enjoy. • These are amazing parents, letting their son find out the news for himself yet celebrating with him in his excitement. What great role models they are, special (read more…)

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