Why Kindness Matters

Maybe you can relate to this scenario…

Turn on the news or scroll through your Facebook feed, and you’re bombarded daily by negativity. Maybe you roll your eyes, sigh or shake your head. Maybe you think, “man, people really need to start being nicer to one another.”

I can tell you firsthand, you’re not alone.

Between devastating news headlines around the world and vitriolic social media posts, I feel physically and emotionally overwhelmed. Sometimes the amount of negativity makes me feel small and powerless. I’ve spent a lot of time wondering, what can I do? I’m just one person. But it’s time to change that thinking, and it’s time to stop thinking someone else will change our world for us. This is our world. It’s time for all of us to be the change.

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Get Outta Town.

Seriously. We could all use a vacation. 

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After spending countless weeks living vicariously through my friend’s travel photos on Facebook from Italy, Spain, Hawaii, Las Vegas and Mexico, I had enough.

Inspired to plan our own trip, I called up my travel agent, Kim Johnston. She’s an experienced agent based out of Tacoma, who has been all over the world. I wanted to share some of her travel wisdom, because if you are itching to get out and explore, it’s not too late to put together a fantastic summer getaway. Continue reading “Get Outta Town.”

Sleep Lizdom, Part 2: More Rules to Sleep By

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“Early to rise, early to bed, makes a man healthy but socially dead.”

Who knew a line in an Animaniacs episode from the 90’s would resonate so deeply with me decades later?

As my friend and fellow early riser Emily Sutton said the other day, no one understands the struggle of being a shift worker, unless you are a shift worker.

“We are eternally tired.” Amen.

However, the more I hear from you all, the more I believe the feeling is mutual. We are a nation of sleep-deprived zombie-people.

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“Oh no, we’re fine. Just a little sleep-deprived.”

In fact, I had such a great response on Sleep Lizdom, Part 1, I decided to collect the best sleep tips I’ve gotten from all of you, along with a few more of my own. I’ve heard from early risers, new moms, insomniacs and shift workers, in our quest for a decent nights sleep.

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Why We Eloped

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In 2015, couples spent an average of $32,641 on their wedding. 

I don’t know about you, but a price tag like this gives me anxiety. This is one of several reasons we eloped.

Yes, we eloped. It was a lovely, teeny-tiny ceremony in October 2013 in Woodinville, WA.

When it comes up, I get a lot of questions. There are several reasons we made this choice, and I don’t regret it.

If your dream is to have a huge ceremony, that’s fine. However, I bring this up because I’ve had conversations with brides-to-be admitting they never wanted a huge ceremony and feel completely overwhelmed.

I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be this way.

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Sleep Lizdom

“2 AM?? What time do you have to go to bed?”

I can’t tell you how often I hear this when I’m asked about my job. I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night for work for almost a decade now, so if there is one thing I’m an expert on, it’s sleep. Mostly because I love it, it’s fleeting, I’m desperate for it and I’ve dedicated so much of my time to trying to get it.

Because I go to sleep during the day, I’ve had to create my own personal sleep environment, and this past year or so, my husband and I have gotten very serious about doing this. In creating this space, I’ve learned so much about sleep that I wanted to share what I’ve discovered, because most likely you are like me and struggling to get every minute of shut eye you can.

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The Art of Faking Flawlessness

“Fake it ’til you make it.”

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Who said that? Was it Mark Twain? Ben Franklin? Socrates? Either way, have wiser words ever been spoken? This week I had to fake flawlessness for work, because after an allergic reaction I was a giant, blotchy mess. Continue reading “The Art of Faking Flawlessness”