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Tweet What would you prefer: (A) $160,000 compensation in a very demanding job with ever-changing deadlines, 60-80 hour weeks, unpredictable schedules, lots of travel, and higher “prestige” and perks OR (B) $110,000 compensation in a less-demanding job with predictable deadlines and schedules, 40-hour weeks, no travel, and lower “prestige” and fewer perks Let’s assume that both […]

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Tweet Seattle is a city in which I’ve never lived. I’ve only visited twice, for less than a week each time (and it drizzled, as expected, both times). But Seattle is also a city that gives me the vibe that I’d really LOVE living there. Who knows, perhaps we’ll give it a try in the next 5 […]

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Tweet Hello there – it’s been a while! In the weeks since I last wrote, I (1) spent a month traveling to Japan and Europe, spending $10,000 in the process; (2) moved to a new city with exactly 4 dresses, one suit, and 5 pairs of shoes, thereby getting a crash course in minimalist living; (3) started a new […]

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Tweet Sometimes, a conversation is better with structure. CB and I usually talk late at night, when we are both pretty tired from the day, and our conservation isn’t the most scintillating. Then I remembered an idea I read about – the “highlight, lowlight, surprise” structure, where  we’ll go over the highlight of our day, the lowlight […]

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Tweet The above picture probably makes it quite clear how moving makes me feel about furniture, clothes, decorative items, necessary items, i.e. all of the stuff that I own. My room is looking extremely empty right now, thanks to a frenzied bout of Craigslisting in preparation for my move after graduation. This situation is akin to […]

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Tweet Inspired by this post from Where My Soul Belongs: Here are four things I used to think I need… and now I realized I don’t, anymore. 1. Meat to “complete” a meal Growing up, a meal wasn’t a meal unless it included meat. I love meat and have no intention of ever giving it […]

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Tweet Yuuuuups, that just happened to me. My friend sent me a very nice email saying that because I’ve been so busy and am far away, she’d rather I have a great time at the wedding as a guest and not have to worry about bridesmaid obligations. I’m not angry or upset, but I do worry […]

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Tweet And by kid, I don’t mean joke. It’s a question that I am examining more closely now that I am one year shy of 30. That age is not an arbitrary marker, and I haven’t been hit by any case of “baby fever”, but my rational mind is piping up. If I know I […]

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Tweet Hello blog friends, I need some help. I have a friend who is in a relationship with a man who we all thought was nice and charming the first few months that we knew him. It turns out that he has anger issues and has abused my friend physically (she described one instance of […]

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Tweet From one-income to… one-income I get my MBA next May, and I’ve been really looking forward to being (higher-earning) DINKS again once I graduate business school, but it appears that we’re going to be single-income for a while longer – but for good reason! CB got into the graduate program he applied to. He will […]

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Tweet Just planned my post-New Year’s vacation: New York City and Reykjavik, Iceland! Why Iceland? This was a pretty impulsive decision – I saw a deal on Travelzoo, decided I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland, realized I had enough time in my winter break to do so, and thought, “heck, why not? I’m saying YES […]

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Tweet In the interest of crafting a life of deeper happiness and less busywork, I’m trying to simplify my personal finances so I can spend fewer hours on money management and more time on… other things I enjoy. This means I have: Put my main credit card on auto-payment Paid off my other credit cards […]

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Tweet I went to Washington D.C. a few weekends ago, and it was gorgeous. Just look at this pictures – and those four perfect little puffs of clouds! Ever since I’ve accepted a full-time offer of employment from my summer employer (and had some rather intense/shaky conversations in my personal life), I have been thinking […]

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Tweet My grandfather passed away last week. Even though I am sad he is gone, I am glad that he had a very full 89 years and a relatively peaceful, painless death. His death has really jolted me into understanding the mortality of my parents, who are turning 60 this year. SIXTY! I’ve always had […]

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