Into the Weekend

From Carissa

Browsing through the Instagram photos of the Gee Family makes me long for the freedom and ability to sell everything and travel around the world. Although Garrett Gee did make $50 million when he sold his tech company, they did sell all their possessions and just used that money to fund their travels (Yes, the money in the bank was a nice safety net).  I love reading stories like this where families brave being in new and different surroundings. What a great opportunity for the kids to learn about other countries, cultures, and people!

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Into the weekend

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From Carissa

For quite a few years all the books I read were non-fiction – everything from parenting, history, and biographies.  I’ve only gotten back to reading fiction in the last two years, and my to-read pile keeps growing and growing.  It is as if I have to somehow make up for all the time lost.  This article on how reading fiction benefits us gives me all the more reason to justify the pile by my bedside.

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Deciding to return to work

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It’s been nearly a year since my previous company decided to close its doors. It was a bittersweet time, but I look on the last year as a hidden blessing. I got to rest through the morning sickness and spend more time with Sofia (a wonderful thing since it would be the last few months that she’d be my only baby). I took driving lessons again (long story) and finally got my driver’s license! I also started this blog with my sister—something we’d been thinking of doing for a long time but just never had the time to set up. Still, I have to admit I sat up in bed some nights worrying over my return to work once my disability insurance and Paid Family Leave ran out. It was both a matter of if and when. If I got the job—would it be the right job? Would I be able to find it right away? Or would I have to wait a long time before the right offer came along? My mom, of course, said it best when she advised me to stop worrying and instead begin feeling grateful for the job I would eventually get, which she believed would be the right one.

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Into the weekend

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From Carissa

I’ve been following Alex’s blog and youtube videos, under the name HRH Collection, ever since she started in 2009. I think what I find so interesting is that she designs her own line of jewelry and works her pieces into simple, effortless looks with what clothes she already has. She isn’t a blogger that is constantly shopping and uploading videos of haul after haul, in fact she is quite selective of what she buys. She recently did a re-launch of her website/shop/blog and I’ve spent quite some time already looking through her newest designs.

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Into the Weekend

From Carissa

Since Houston got flooded and there was no way for us to leave home on Monday morning, I sat and watched the 120th Boston Marathon. Just thinking about the mental, physical, and emotional toughness that goes into the training and actual running of the race was enough to get me teary-eyed and emotional. Due to the unusually warm weather on race day, there were many that had a difficult time and there were those that had to give up on the goal of finishing with a good record due to the heat and risk of dehydration. When photos of two men carrying an injured runner 100 yards to the finish line went viral, I had to find out what the story was behind the picture. It truly is a beautiful story of how a community does not leave a fellow runner behind.

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