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The Year I Couldn’t Have Planned For

December 30, 2015


Every year, I’ve used the same format for my review posts: there’s typically a theme, and then a list of highlights from my finances, career, health and travel. At the bottom, I’ll share the goals I’d set for myself, cross off the ones I achieved and include reasons for all the ones I didn’t. When I looked back at my list of goals for 2015, however, I immediately knew I couldn’t follow the same format, because I barely crossed any of them off. In fact, if 2015 taught me anything, it’s that a list of goals can only take you so far. I couldn’t have planned for the things that happened this year…

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Adventures in Experientialism: Why I Gave Up Buying Things to Travel

September 21, 2015


This is a guest post by my friend Anthony Ongaro.

It was a dark and stormy February night, or at least a cold Minnesota winter night, if I recall correctly, when it all came together. It had been a long time since I had traveled anywhere. Winters are long here in Minneapolis and it was definitely starting to get to me. Months of below freezing temperatures tend to make a person go stir crazy after a while.

Traveling has always been one of my favorite things to do, but in recent years it just seemed like I could never quite pull it together to go on fun adventures with friends and family. The weird part was that I wasn’t in debt, yet always seemed to have barely enough money at the end of the month. No particular purchases stood out as being expensive or particularly high in amount, so I was struggling to figure out where all the money was going.

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Our East Coast Adventure: Washington, DC

June 1, 2015
Warm Welcome from the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC

Ok, friends – this is the last recap of our trip and then I promise to get back to regularly scheduled programming. Before our trip, and even throughout it, more and more people told me they had plans to visit either Philly or DC soon, so I hope these can give you a few ideas of things to do or places to eat!

Last Wednesday, Sarah and I drove from Philly down just past DC to visit J$ in his hometown. We got to hang out with his wife and kids (and snuggle with J. Nickel!) then grabbed lunch downtown and got a few history lessons re: the area from J.

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