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Philosophy

One thing to give back in the easiest way

I'm a big believer in charitable auto-deductions: it's the easiest way to support the organizations I believe in. I have regular donations set up for Planned Parenthood, EMILY's List and my high school's scholarship fund. If you have non-profits that...
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One thing to not get lost abroad

My trick for using the map function on my phone without racking up big charges when I'm traveling abroad: airplane mode + screenshots!  Whenever I'm traveling internationally, I keep my phone on airplane mode for the entire trip (to ensure that I...
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My list of things-I-can’t-believe-I-still-haven’t-done-in-NYC

On Saturday night, I made a list of all the things I can't believe I haven't done yet in my four-and-a-half years of living in New York City: all the things that I've been meaning to do, but haven't quite gotten around to. And then on Sunday, I went...
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One thing to make your mornings better

The habit that has made my mornings both more productive and more pleasant... 18093...
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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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Where I’m going in 2017

I'm always hesitant to post about my travel plans too far in advance since so much of it seems to change--so much so that I rarely try to predict where the month, let alone the year, will take me. Some of my favorite trips in recent years have been...
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Looking back on 2016

Although I know that most of the interwebs are along the lines of womp womp womp can 2016 be over already, it was actually such a wonderful and memorable year for me personally: a pug puppy, getting engaged, a new job and far more travel than I...
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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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