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Okay Carina

In Mrs. Reynard's 2nd grade class at Hill Creek School in 1996, there was a girl named Carina Vickery. Carina had long brown hair that fell symmetrically to the middle of her back, and perfect bangs that were always trimmed on time. She was just a little taller than I was, stood just a little… Continue reading Okay Carina

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How To Be Happy (Also “Why” …If You Need That)

The other day I was on the phone with a client, and was going over next steps for their branding project. I finished with the words, “…and then we’ll move into your website, which is the most exciting part!” The client responded teasingly, “Susie, is anything NOT the most exciting part for you? It seems… Continue reading How To Be Happy (Also “Why” …If You Need That)

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Days 7-9: All Roads Lead to Rome

Full disclosure, I was bursting at the seams with expectations for Rome - since I fell vicariously in love with it in Elizabeth Gilbert's book, Eat Pray Love. Anne Lamott says "expectations are disappointments in waiting" - but what does she know, anyway?Rome did not disappoint. It didn't even come close to disappointing, didn't even… Continue reading Days 7-9: All Roads Lead to Rome

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If you only read one of my blog posts ever, make it this one

*I've never used my blog for this purpose before, so I hope you'll forgive me - thanks in advance for taking a few minutes to read through this. I've made no secret of how wretchedly awkward I was as a kid. (And as a teenager, and as an adult.) I was a pigeon-toed, bookish, hyperactive… Continue reading If you only read one of my blog posts ever, make it this one

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A word about getting back together with your ex

So here's some gossip-worthy news, if you haven't put two and two together yet: Taylor and I (yes, the boyfriend I was with for just shy of four years, then broke up with, then spent six months learning who I was without) are back together. I'll start by saying that I hate that terminology -… Continue reading A word about getting back together with your ex

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Turns out age 26 is actually the greatest

I'm sorry. I'm going to disappoint you all. I'm not going to talk about a single thing I said I would in my last post. Because the fact is, I'm frankly incapable of talking about (or thinking about, or reading about, or dreaming about) anything other than what I'm about to tell you. ...You guys.… Continue reading Turns out age 26 is actually the greatest

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Why Portland is the Greatest City in the World, No I’m Serious, Stop Arguing You’ve Already Lost.

So next week marks a full three months since I moved to Portland. I know, I know, that's not completely true. Technically I moved to the Portland area a little over a year ago, but aside from my god-awful daily commute, I didn't do a whole lot of exploring in the City Proper. Which is nothing… Continue reading Why Portland is the Greatest City in the World, No I’m Serious, Stop Arguing You’ve Already Lost.