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#76: Born with wings

Journaling—why is it such a powerful tool for expression and decompression? I talk with AoS contributor Katie Clemons of Gadanke, a new mom who’s found an outlet in creating unique journals for all sorts of occasions. We talk about books, poetry, online dating, airplanes, living abroad, raising a bilingual child, and unusual houses: Katie currently (read more…)

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The practice of loss

I‘m married to a man who’s practically the opposite of me. He’s a textbook left-brain analytical engineer, punctual, logical, strategic and decisive. “I’m gonna need some more information” is an often spoken phrase of his, and I’m convinced Joe Friday is his long lost uncle – Just the facts, ma’am. I know he’s thinking that even if (read more…)

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Trade as One (giveaway!)

Trade as One is easily one of our favorite companies to endorse around here because of the beautiful symbiotic relationship involved. Support them, and you support your family just as much. In their words, their mission is to “use fair trade to promote sustainable business and break cycles of poverty and dependency in the developing (read more…)

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How we help curb the ‘I want that!’s during the holidays

In our Facebook conversation a few weeks ago, it sounded like there’s a common issue with certain family members wanting everything under the sun, particularly during the holidays. It’s not perfect around here by any means, but I’ve found a few keys that help keep the “I wants” a bit at bay. 1. Limited gifts (read more…)

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Holiday gifts to give yourself now that you’ll thank yourself for later

It’s that time of year again: hustle and bustle and holly and jolly. I bet you’re making a list and checking it twice, thinking of the loved ones you want to give gifts to. Today I want to ask you to think about including one more person on your gift list this year: yourself. Although (read more…)

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