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If I don’t win the lottery, I’ll still be rich

"Good luck," my sister and I competitively tell each other two hours before the $1.5 billion lottery draw. Third time around is the charm, right?  It's thrilling to play in this record-breaking jackpot even though the odds are highly stacked against us winning. We as humans instinctively seek security, and a lifetime of money = security. But it's… Continue reading If I don’t win the lottery, I’ll still be rich

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Are today’s mothers too sensitive?

I recently read an awesome blog on HuffPost Parents about a proposed New Years Resolution for mommas "to be less offended in 2016." The blog pokes fun of how parents today can be quick to ward off unsolicited comments as out of line, when most of the time such commentary is well-intended.  I've already experienced a glimpse… Continue reading Are today’s mothers too sensitive?

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How I celebrate Christmas outside of the church

My childhood holds fond memories of lighting the purple and pink advent candles and picking out an outfit for Christmas mass. As a kid, I went through the motions not necessarily understanding the deeper meaning of Christmas, or organized religion at large. But one thing I did take away was the gift of love and its ability to… Continue reading How I celebrate Christmas outside of the church

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Traditional etiquette is very much alive, and millennials should learn it

From wondering if you're allowed to bring a plus one to your friend's wedding to hoping your text message counts as a formal RSVP, etiquette is incredibly important for us twenty-somethings navigating the decade of job interviews, weddings and baby showers galore. Yet, traditional etiquette has gotten somewhat lost in today's digital world, where we exchange texts more… Continue reading Traditional etiquette is very much alive, and millennials should learn it

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5 small gestures that reveal hints of patriarchy in our society

I'm not saying America is a patriarchy, which would be to say that men have control of all aspects of our society. Us women have certainly made strides (with many more to go), but I've recently noticed subtle gestures of old-fashioned male-dominance lingering around today. Do you notice these, too?   *Also published on HuffPost Women He always gets… Continue reading 5 small gestures that reveal hints of patriarchy in our society

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The Social Media Etiquette Rule That Trumps All Others

Lately I've been browsing through more blogs than usual written in an authoritative tone stating "the etiquette for social media," as if such authors are somehow experts on how everyone else should or should not portray themselves online. *Also published on HuffPost Tech. Let me pause here – having done social media professionally for organizations as well as carrying my own personal accounts,… Continue reading The Social Media Etiquette Rule That Trumps All Others

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Why loving fall doesn’t make you “basic”

For those accustomed to spring, summer, fall and winter, there are distinct changes in the air that trickle down into our way of living. For fall, the crisp air and transition to winter means we trade swimsuits for scarves, flip flops for boots and iced lattes for hot. Yet, this once socially acceptable behavior is getting some backlash from… Continue reading Why loving fall doesn’t make you “basic”

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How you’re offending pregnant couples without meaning to

Most of the time these comments and questions are well-intended, but poorly phrased.   *Also published on HuffPost Parents  Wow! Was your pregnancy planned? Both my husband and I were surprised by how frequently this question came up. Neither of us hesitate to share, but it is certainly a personal discussion. What if the couple was not planning… Continue reading How you’re offending pregnant couples without meaning to

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Two of the biggest complaints about millennials and why they are false

Millennials get poked fun for all kinds of stereotypes: selfish, spoiled, and needy in the workplace. We don’t understand loyalty or dedication because we’re not as willing as the baby boomers to spend our entire careers with one company, and we come from cradled childhoods that make us lazy and entitled. We’re a bunch of robots glued to our… Continue reading Two of the biggest complaints about millennials and why they are false