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5 ways to make a fresh start on Imbolc

Some people love winter. I am not one of those people. I quietly celebrated the winter solstice last month. I was overjoyed that we were on the other side of winter and the days would now grow longer. The celebration was astronomically supported, but optimistic in light of the actual conditions. July has been bitterly… Read More 5 ways to make a fresh start on Imbolc

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The secret to resilience

Recently I had lunch with a friend and she wanted to know my secret to resilience. We find ourselves in a toxic environment that we can’t change and are not ready to leave. It’s taking a toll on her not only emotionally, but also on her physical well-being. Her body wears the signs of stress.… Read More The secret to resilience

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Scenes from our budget-friendly engagement party

Last month, Theo and I had our engagement party! Here’s what we did and how we did it. Let’s start with (modern) traditions. Traditionally, the engagement party takes place within a three months of the proposal. It’s the sweet spot between carefree, just-engaged life and the start of serious wedding planning. Traditionally, the bride’s parents host the… Read More Scenes from our budget-friendly engagement party

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Scenes from the Melbourne Bridal and Honeymoon Expo

I went to my second bridal expo today. Earlier this month, I went to the Melbourne Ultimate Bridal Event at the Royal Exhibition Building. Today’s event was the Melbourne Bridal and Honeymoon Expo at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. I was worried that today’s bridal expo was going to be identical to the first one I went… Read More Scenes from the Melbourne Bridal and Honeymoon Expo

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Scenes from the Melbourne Ultimate Bridal Event

Today I went to my first bridal event. The Ultimate Bridal Event is being held this weekend at the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens. We’re getting married in the United States. We don’t need to hire a local venue, celebrant, photographer, and so forth. We will be buying our attire here though so I was… Read More Scenes from the Melbourne Ultimate Bridal Event

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Bullet Journal planning 2017

Happy New Year! You know what a new year means, don’t you? A new Bullet Journal! I spent a couple of days last week preparing my 2017 Bullet Journal and I thought I’d share how it’s coming along. If you don’t know what a Bullet Journal (BuJo) is, start here. I decided to write this post… Read More Bullet Journal planning 2017

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2016 in review

I hope you’ve had a wonderful solstice, Christmas, or whatever you celebrate. If you don’t celebrate anything at all, I hope you’re having an enjoyable break from work. I can’t believe how fast 2016 went! I know I say that every year. Politically and socially, it’s been a bumpy year, but personally it was mostly… Read More 2016 in review

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We’re engaged!

We’re engaged! It was not a big, romantic gesture. Neither of us got down on one knee, hold a flash mob, or write it across the sky. We talked about it one day, nodded, smiled, and said, “Let’s do it.” Theo and I decided to to get engaged in mid-August. I wanted to tell everyone I… Read More We’re engaged!

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Bullet Journal 101

In 2015, I discovered the Bullet Journal. I immediately adopted it and it changed the way I stay organised and productive. Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer living in Brooklyn, NY, developed the Bullet Journal. It has exploded on the internet, but before we get into that, let’s look at the original Bullet Journal video. This… Read More Bullet Journal 101

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My Ancestry.com DNA test results

I’m so excited to get the results of my Ancestry.com DNA test! In 2007, I started dabbling in genealogy. My family came to the United States as refugees from Cuba and I knew very little about my background. My spirituality led me to my ancestors and I wanted to know more about them and my ethnic ancestry.… Read More My Ancestry.com DNA test results