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45 Days of the Keto Diet

45 Days of the Keto Diet

In my overly ambitious goals post, I said that I wanted to lose 50 pounds this year. Almost two months into 2018, this number is still super intimidating to me. In fact, I keep remembering it as 40 instead of 50, but nope — it’s right there on the page. Fifty. I struggle about blogging and discussing weight loss, because it’s something I tend to get hyper focused on. This is not my first rodeo, but I really want it to…

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The Month of Deprivation

The Month of Deprivation

Although it’s related, my self-titled “Month of Deprivation” isn’t 100% tied to my overly ambitious 2018 goals. Not entirely. See, I went a little balls to the wall over winter break. Being a partially-employed graduate student, I took full advantage of my winter vacation and left Riverside the day after classes ended. I planned an excursion involving roughly two weeks in Austin, two weeks of Raleigh, and thirty days of friends, food and fun. Surprise unicorn birthday party? Check. 1/2…

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Tips for Moving Across the Country

Tips for Moving Across the Country

If it seems like all I’ve been talking about on the blog lately is moving, that’s because all I’ve been doing in real life is moving. Well, that and going out with my friends as much as possible which makes for interesting-but-not-exactly-for-this-blog content. While Saturday I spent the entire day hungover and unable to move resting, yesterday I was as productive as can be trying to pack up the last bits of my house. It made me think of some…

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Talk to Me About Barn Sitting

Talk to Me About Barn Sitting

Today I need to dip into the knowledge pool that are my awesome blog readers, and get y’alls advice on something. Specifically — barn sitting. As I approach my last month in Austin, and subsequent last month of working, I’m starting to think about what I’ll do for side money in California. The first year of my school does not include a TA position. While I’m super fortunate to have a fellowship and parental support, I’ll need to work part…

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Reasons I’m Excited About Moving to California

Reasons I’m Excited About Moving to California

Earlier this week, I posted a kind of gloom & doom post outlining my anxieties about my upcoming move. As I hope you knew, those aren’t my only feelings. Today I’ll share a much happier posts – the things I’m stoked about! I Get to Focus on Writing More Than Anything Else. Writing has always been important to me, but it’s never been allowed to be the star of my life. Even in undergrad, creative writing was my minor so…

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Reasons I’m Scared to Move to California

Reasons I’m Scared to Move to California

Alternate titles to this post include: Say Hello to Lauren’s Anxiety! Holding Readers Captive While I Panic About My Life Choices Join Me on a Compelling Journey of Pre-Move Jitters Mostly, I’m excited to quit my job, start school and move halfway across the country on my own… mostly. Still, this is a huge life change that’s happening in a month and a half. Though I’ve done huge moves before (NC to MA, MA to TX), I always had Tim with…

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Purge All the Things!

Purge All the Things!

When telling friends and family that I was moving to southern California for school, people’s first question was often what I was going to do with my horse. To me, Simon has been one of the easier obstacles. Once I get settled, I’ll look for a barn in CA and ship him in. Though there are still a lot of details to work out for Simon, I was more concerned with finding housing for me and the dogs than I…

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Rebalancing

Rebalancing

It’s been sort of a long drudge from one of the big low points I was experiencing last November, but I can finally say that I’m really feeling better these days. I can’t pin point exact reasons to why I’m feeling better. There are still a lot of stresses and unknowns, but I’m not crumbling to them as easily. My guess is that the improvement in mental health is a combination of a lot of small changes. I’m paying better attention to…

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Things I Did Right in 2016

Things I Did Right in 2016

I still have a lot of California adventures to share with y’all from my vacation over Christmas break, but I wanted to break up those posts with a more reflective variety of the past year and the upcoming one. I haven’t done any of my normal “end of year” posts since late 2014/early 2015, and I won’t be doing them this year either. When 2015 ended, I wanted nothing more than to shut the door on that tragic series of…

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Like a Squirrel With a Nut – Financial Apps to Help the Non-Financially Inclined

Like a Squirrel With a Nut – Financial Apps to Help the Non-Financially Inclined

I’ve talked about budgeting and money on this blog on several occasions, mostly exclaiming how I’m bad at it. While I’m good at saying, “Hey Lauren… maybe you don’t need three bridles…” I lack the overall budgeting discipline that many of my friends seem to be born with. Before 2014, I’m pretty sure my checking account only existed so I could check out how much shit I could afford to buy. My credit cards existed in a constant state of…

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Breaking News – Lauren Eats Vegetables

Breaking News – Lauren Eats Vegetables

Today isn’t going to be earth shattering, emotional content, but I wanted to share some results of the GoFund Me that Tracy created and everyone so generously donated to. That way you can see some visual proof that I haven’t taken the money to run go buy shoes or something. Let’s be honest, the only one that gets new shoes in this family is Simon. Although I have cooked officially 1 meal in my new apartment (and it had spinach… I’m…

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Put Me in Apartment Therapy

Put Me in Apartment Therapy

Next week I’ll be moving into an apartment. My thoughts on the subject are ever so briefly summed up as, meh. Here’s a brief list of things I enjoy about being a home owner: Having a dog door Singing as loud as I want whenever I want Not renting Painting the walls Not paying $1 million dollars per bedroom Not being in an apartment Here’s a brief list of things my dogs enjoy about being a home owner: Having all the…

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