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5 Mothering Should I's

When motherhood arrived on my doorstep I wanted to do things the “right” way. I had some preconceived ideas about what that meant. And as I adopted them, I found the assumptions I held about what was best were often just plain wrong. read more

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The Day I Named What I Wanted

I didn’t have to do much introspection to know the deeper layer to my hesitation in the matter: I’ve always been afraid to say what I want in fear I might get rejected. I may know my desires, but as soon as I verbalize them to someone else, there’s the chance of public failure and embarrassmen read more

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5 Tactics to Minimize Money Stress Over the Holidays

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