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DINNING ROOM INSPIRATION—The Plan

I’ve been living in my current house for about six years (as a renter), and it’s been a bit of a processes getting the place looking like a beautiful put together home and less like a frat house filled with free furnishings off the street. When I moved in, the living room was mostly mismatched old couches and free artwork covering up spots of chipped…

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OVEREXTENDING MYSELF — When I edge too close to surpassing my productivity limitations

I consider myself to be a fairly productive human: most of the time at least. But even with a “high” capacity for being busy/productivity/”adulting”, I still fall into the trap of overextending myself. It generally goes a little something like this: Knowing I’m the type of person who needs to be hitting a base-level of busy to motivate myself to do anything productive to begin…

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MY AT-HOME COFFEE SETUP W/ NESPRESSO

Coffee is my first and greatest love (sorry Burt Reynolds). It’s my favorite things when I get up in the morning: from coffee in my automatic coffee maker waiting for me on early morning  work days, to carefully hand crated pour-over on the weekend, and even a french press next to a camp fire while camping (that’s one of my favorite camping traditions actually).  Lately…

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LIFE LATELY—Summer 2018

 It’s been another summer of big change for me. The past few summers have been dominated by big career changes and adjustments to living in new countries (before moving back to Portland in 2016, I spent time living in Chengdu, China). With my career more settled than previous summers and finding myself fully settled to life state-side, I had anticipated this summer to be a…

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PORTLAND PICKS — Meat Cheese Bread

  While I grew up in small town in Oregon, I actually spent most of my time in the “big city” in Seattle or San Francisco (I had more connections in those cities and would spend stretches of time visiting them as teenager). So when I moved to Portland after college, I actually knew very little about the city. Luckily, I had a job that…

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24 HOURS IN WEST HOLLYWOOD—Sunday Funday Edition

    Last weekend I had the opportunity to spend a weekend kicking around Los Angeles. Despite growing up along the West Coast and spending a lot of vacation time has an adult in California, my time in LA proper has been fairly limited, so I was really excited to have an opportunity to spend a day just experiencing the city. I couldn’t have picked…

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GETTING DUMPED — A Story About My Worst Breakup

Let’s be honest, you don’t go most a decade only casually dating without collecting a few breakup stories. In some of these stories, I’m the bad guy — leaving guys without giving them a reason. In others they are the bad guys, unnecessarily mean when they do it or cheated or any other number of reasons people split. But almost all these stories generally get…

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IT’S MY 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY (+ thoughts on social media)

July marks the anniversary of when I first launched my blog! I honestly can’t believe I’ve 1) stuck with it this long, 2) people are still reading my posts, and 3) that it’s grown in reach past just my relatives and friends. Over the past year I’ve been lucky enough to be able to launch a YouTube channel to go along with the content I…

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CLEANING HOUSE {Clearing Out The Family Homes + Life Update}

I’ve been experiencing a lot change lately. Mostly within my family. The past few months have been full of family health emergencies with grandparents on both sides of my family. While everyone is—thankfully—okay, this has expedited a couple big moves and with that, the need to clean out two of the family homes all within a short time period. That’s why I spent my past…

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THE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS BrOkEn — My life with psoriasis + the difference between healthcare in America and China

I have a skin condition called psoriasis. You’ve probably heard of it. Some 7.5 million people in the America (125 million people globally) are currently in the same boat as me, so it’s likely that someone you know has some form of psoriasis. But for those of you who don’t really know what psoriasis is, here’s a quick overview: Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder in…

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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. SHE CURRENTLY BLOGS, AND IS A COPYWRITER AT AN ADVERTISING AGENCY.

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