Goodnight 2016, Hello 2017

It’s tempting with the upcoming New Year to want to do all the things and achieve all the goals… so how do we set ourselves up for success without spreading ourselves too thin?

Here are my tips to keep moving forward without being bogged down by what can seem impossible […]


It’s the Most… Wonderful? Time of the Year

Good morning dear friends! Christmas is fast-approaching, and the frenzy of the season is upon us. I admit that despite my best efforts, periodically I find myself caught up in it. Scurrying about stores, nearly colliding with too many vehicles to count in busy parking lots (seriously thinking about investing in a horse and sleigh… [Read More]


Two Science Terms That Will Help You Change the World

Good morning friends! Today, I write to you from a hotel somewhere in Silicon Valley. I’m here for a number of reasons, all work-related. These weeks are always stretching, as it requires long hours, (seemingly) 24/7 networking and communicating with other scientists, and little sleep. Somehow, despite my normal need for 8-9 hours-or-I’m-crabby, I always look forward… [Read More]


The White Envelope

As told by Nancy W. Gavin. It’s just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past ten years or so. It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas–oh, not the true meaning… [Read More]


How to Be Waste Aware This Holiday Season

Good morning! Today, I want to write a little bit about my endeavor to reduce the refuse leaving my condo in the form of food waste, plastic, glass, and just general trash. I began my quest to reduce my own wastefulness beginning with food in 2015 and more recently with general refuse in August 2016. Taking… [Read More]


How To Stop Junk Mail

Good morning friends! Wouldn’t it be nice if every email or envelope delivered to your mailbox was an actual letter? One you wanted to read? Personally, I’d appreciate it even more if every message was delivered to me by Pony Express, carrier pigeon, or owl. Mostly the owl though. Whatever happened to telegrams? I digress… This week… [Read More]


Why I Got Rid of 70% of My Belongings

Good morning friends! Full disclosure: this post turned out way longer than I planned. I had originally intended to break up my journey with the tidying process into many blog posts, but I find I have so many things I want to write and share with you that I am wrapping up my tidying series… [Read More]


September Spending: How I Saved $560 in One Month

Good morning friends! Ouch. The “money” topic. Is it taboo to talk about? My parents instilled in us that “money talk” was not polite conversation (which I think is sometimes a good practice – I definitely don’t enjoy being asked point blank, “How much money do you make?”), but this is my blog and I #dowhatIwant so… [Read More]


Is There Life After Shopping?

About two years ago, I came face to face with a realization about myself that triggered some serious soul searching. As I was trolling an equestrian website for winter riding boots for probably the 50th time that week, a question popped up in my mind: Can I go one day without buying something online? Could I… [Read More]


There & Back Again

Back in December, I took a social media fast and completely erased what had once been a big part of my life: my Instagram account. I have deactivated and reactivated Facebook numerous times throughout the years, but I had never truly deleted a social media account. Gone. Forever. All my data, all my followers, all my memories…. [Read More]

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