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GRETCHEN TRIES STUFF EPISODE 7: The One with Zero Waste

I went zero waste for the entire month of September, "Trash-free September" as I like to call it. It was a difficult experience that altered pretty much every aspect of my life and has changed the way I look at plastic and packaging forever. 

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RELIGIOUS CoNfUsIoN

Being both: I don't consider myself to be a particularly religious person, so how did I wind up identifying as Catholic and Jewish? The answer is a little muddled...

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HALFWAY THERE: 50 Days into 100 Days Sober

I'm participating in a 100 Days Sober project. Some 50 days in, I've already developed a few opinions about my sobriety.

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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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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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