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How to: raise a puppy in New York City

We brought Gertie the pug home in June: at 12 weeks old, she was four adorable pounds that wreaked complete havoc on our lives. As cute as she was and as thrilled as we were to have her, the first few weeks were incredibly tough. Although I grew up...
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The best gift: books!

Growing up, one of the most reliable things in my life was books from my paternal grandfather. He’d send me them for Christmas, my birthday, seemingly random moments in between. I would write him letters with a short update on my life and then a list...
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How to: book club!

Over the past four and a half years in New York City, I've been a part of three book clubs: two failed, and one that's been thriving since the summer of 2014. Book club has been such a fun part of my life in the city: it's introduced me to new people...
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Get shit done and be nice, or notes on success

One of the most common questions I receive (especially from young women) is around my career outside of this blog: how did I get my job? How do I balance work with my blog? How do I travel so much while holding down a full-time job? And what advice...
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My favorite female-led businesses to support

I'm a big believer in experiences over things, and that I'd rather have fewer, better things. Perhaps my favorite tradition is one that my now-fiance and I started last year: instead of getting each other a big gift, we treated each other to a trip...
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A new job, and a few of my favorite podcasts

After two glorious weeks of funemployment, today is my first day of work at Gimlet Media! My official title is East Coast Account Executive, which basically means I'm selling podcast ads and branded podcasts in NYC and beyond. I'm stoked to be...
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Notes on being engaged

Real talk: when you get engaged, people immediately start asking about the wedding. IMMEDIATELY.Growing up, I never aspired to be a bride or daydreamed about a fairytale wedding or wanted a big diamond ring. I wanted to be a soccer player, a lawyer,...
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Four years in the big city

“There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter —...
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Notes on politics (and why I’m with her)

I don't really like talking about politics. It can get messy and confrontational and emotional, and it can make it hard to stay optimistic or feel like it's possible to make a difference. It's especially crazy and divisive times in this election...
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Notes on having it all

Whereas previous generations of women might have been raised to be wives and mothers, it feels like today we grow up aiming to have it all: career, relationship, kids, house, and Instagram-envy-inducing vacations as the cherry on top. There is a...
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