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GRETCHEN TRIES STUFF EPISODE 6: The one with the makeup

I was pretty slow to the makeup game, never really advancing beyond tinted sunscreen until after I turned 30. Learning to apply makeup (and not look like a clown) has been a much tricker skill to learn than I ever anticipated...

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LET’S TALK POETRY

Poetry is genre of writing I kind of fell into by mistake. I'd studied bits of it in school and grew up with classics like Ogden Nash and Shel Silverstein, but I didn't really develop a love of it until college... when I faked my way into a study abroad program. 

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LIFE IN CHINA AND WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

I never expected to move to China, but it became one of my most important experiences in life. Now that I've been back for a little over a year, I have the space to reflect on the whole thing.

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AUGUST FAVES ’17

A short YouTube video of all my favorite things from the month of August. 

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TRANSITIONING TO ZERO WASTE

I've gone Zero Waste for the month of September and this is what I've learned so far (I'm only four days in... eek!)

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THOUGHTS ON BEING A FREELANCER

After half a decade as a freelance writer, I've learn quite a lot of lessons the hard way. Here's some insights into the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of freelancing. 

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GRETCHEN TRIES STUFF EPISODE 5: The one in which I attempt to establish a personal style

I own too much stuff... In particular, I owned too much clothing and I lived in absolute denial about this. For many years my bedroom had a very small closet, and I naively believed that as long as I could fit all that clothing into my tiny closet, I had my clothing problem under control.

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SOLO: What Does It Mean to Be Single

Being single is not always as picturesque as a pint and a slice and an enjoyable movie. It's not a constant stream of horrific dates (though I've gone on quite a few of those), nor is it a life of constant partying and sexual adventures (of course that might just my experience). It is, however, a life choice that tends to be undervalued, particularly if…

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GRETCHEN TRIES STUFF EPISODE 4: The one with no sugar

I went without processed and added sugars for a month; here's what I learned

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GRETCHEN TRIES STUFF EPISODE 3: The one with all the Pinterest fails

I've scoured Pinterest, YouTube, and beauty blogs for some of the best tips and products to try. But as all things in life, sometimes even well-researched plans just don't pan out. Here's a round up of things I have tried to achieve the coveted baby soft feet that just kind of flopped. 

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GRETCHEN IS A WRITER-BASED IN PORTLAND, ORE. SHE GOT HER START AS A JOURNALIST WORKING ON THE SUSTAINABLE FASHION AND RESTAURANT BEAT BEFORE MOVING INTO COPYWRITING AND ADVERTISING WORK. SHE CURRENTLY BLOGS AND WORKS AS A FREELANCE WRITER.

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