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OCTOBER FAVES ’17

Before we get too far into November, here are some of my favorite things from the month of October. 

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IS THERE SUCH A THING AS ZERO WASTE?

For the month of September, I went strictly zero waste. By zero waste (the most common term used for it), I really mean zero trash. For a month, I avoided the use of any product that would create trash and limited myself to products that can be reused, recycled, or composted. But can you really be zero waste long term? 

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ADULTING: THE HALLOWEEN EDITION

Mini candy bars? Costumes? Haunted houses and spooky stories? Yes please! My concept of a great Halloween has grown and changed as I've gotten older, but the holiday will always be near and dear to my heart. 

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GETTING ORGANIZED: The Holiday Season Edition

Holiday are a wonderful, joyful time of year that often makes one feel stretched a little too thin. This year, I'm devising a plan to avoid any of the headaches and have an a relaxing, stress-free holiday season. 

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BEIJING IN 168 HOURS

Moving to China was an adventure and my first week in particular was full of mistakes, triumphs, and adjusting expectations. Relive my first 168 hours in Beijing.

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READING PICKS {FALL ’17}

I love reading: sci-fi, fantasy, biographies and more! Here's a list of what I'm looking forward to reading this fall.

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SEPTEMBER FAVES ’17

Some of my favorite things from the month of September—It's been a busy month, but that doesn't mean I couldn't find a little time to enjoy some of the smaller things in life. 

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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 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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