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Christmas with the Eating Disorders

The time between Halloween and New Year’s can present a minefield of dietary temptations for anyone, but for eating disorder patients and survivors like me, it’s a latter-day Garden of (Not) Eatin’. Halloween is literally a holiday about candy, Thanksgiving is basically dedicated to the overconsumption of food or products, …

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My Favorite Things: Black Friday 2018 Edition

A couple of my favorite brands are doing cool things for Black Friday / Small Business Saturday / Cyber Monday / Giving Tuesday. Here they are in one place so you don’t have to search. Passion Planner I’ve been a faithful Passion Planner user since 2016 and while I don’t …

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To My Child Two Years Later

Two years ago, the country of your birth and mine elected a racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, anti-intellectual demagogue. Two days ago, some of your compatriots resisted, while others did not. And that is how it will always be. In the last two years, children have died at schools and concerts and …

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NaNoWriMo Kickoff 2018

I am going to try something exciting and unprecedented this November: National Novel Writing Month, or Nanowrimo for short. The official goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. But people have expanded it to all kinds of genres and lengths from poetry to book proposals. The real …

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The Ministry of Web Design (and Blogging and Copywriting and Graphics)

As the child of Asian immigrant Christians, I had a set of rather confusing, somewhat conflicting beliefs about what my priorities ought to be. “Being godly” and “serving God” and “obeying God’s calling” were obviously supposed to take precedent. (Quotation marks are not sarcastic, just indicating that these are phrases …

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Marketing Strategies for Wedding Planners

When I stepped away from teaching after my first year in the classroom, the first career alternative I investigated was wedding planning. I took a certification course through Penn Foster. I even joined the Association of Bridal Consultants. Pretty much all I ever did with that was go on two …