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Kelsey
raising boys | writer, podcaster, optimist
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On this episode,we delve into just one topic: Kelsey. Quitting. Her. Job! We describe how we came to this decision, what it means for the family, and how we planned our finances in order to make it work. Kelsey also talks about how she is planning to use her time,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Matrimoney
Hi Diane, I think these were mentioned in the "6 things happy couples do" episode and linked there, and here's the link as well: https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/wit-wisdom-ab-solution-stretch-skinny-jeans-regular-petite-nordstrom-exclusive/4324748?pathAlias=wit-wisdom-ab-solution-stretch-skinny-jeans-regular-petite-nordstrom-exclusive hope these are magical for you as well!
Thank you, Karen :) Matrimoney is publishing irregularly lately but we hope to get back to a more consistent schedule soon. Thank you so much for listening and sticking with us!
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Haha, exactly!
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That's so great! There is a comfort just in knowing that you will get that time. I think that's part of the power behind the scheduled consistency, at least for us. Cheers to happy marriages!
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I guess it's a little less than two years since it was fall of 2016 but it does still feel like it wasn't that long ago! Thanks so much for the well wishes and encouragement!
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Thank you so much, Amber!
Toggle Commented yesterday on Mini summer sabbatical at RISING*SHINING
Hi Allie! Thank you so much! We don't have a break planned although we have been taking an unintentional one! We hope to get back to a regular schedule soon - thank you for asking!
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One afternoon last October I was at work and needed a break from the project I was working on. So I checked my blog feed and a post from one of my favorite blogs made my heart skip a beat. The post, A Secret to a Happy Marriage, describes a long-married couple's weekly tradition of dining together al fresco at a pretty overlook in Brooklyn– which they have been doing for 24 years! The couple said that having a way to connect everyday, without distractions, is key to a happy marriage. How simple and true is that? Instantly I loved... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at RISING*SHINING
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Snacking Trader Joe's blueberry vanilla goat cheese and water crackers. Tough life seasons We reflect on the tough seasons of life that we've lived through, how we got through them and what we learned. We also chat about how we try to support friends going through hard times. Things we... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at Girl Next Door Podcast
I know, it's crazy! But it was the fall of 2016!
Toggle Commented May 8, 2018 on Mini summer sabbatical at RISING*SHINING
Thank you so much, Natanya. Even from a distance I feel the support and it's part of what made this big leap possible - thank you! I'm inspired by the way you guys are creating an intentional life for your family as well.
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Two years ago, Chris was able to take a semester long sabbatical from work. As a tenured university professor he has the opportunity to do this every seven years. During his sabbatical he explored new creative interests, including sewing!, had lots of time to exercise and eat really well, and to generally to recharge. He returned to work invigorated and with new directions to explore in his research. As we talked about what the summer after I quit my job might look like Chris had an idea: "You should treat the summer like a mini sabbatical." I loved the idea... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at RISING*SHINING
This is a good point, I bet we have rules about that as well.
Thank you, Jen! I'm still going to advocate for the banana bread route but I like that this is another solution ... especially if the banana bread tactic does not solve the problem which would be so frustrating!
Thank you so much Amber! No plans for weekly episodes yet but it is definitely more in the realm of possibility now!
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Thank you so much, Sara, what a kind thing to say! And that's so cool that you are self-publishing a book and with your husband. I'm excited for all the learning that will come with my goal of writing book manuscripts and learning about the publishing process. Thanks so much for reading!
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Ooooohh this is fascinating, thank you for sharing!
Thank you so much, Jill. I really appreciate you sharing this and it's really inspiring that you took a similar leap to the one I just did. I've been thinking about identity as I headed into this change and I can imagine I'll keep thinking about it a lot. It sounds like you are investing in so many of your values and that is something to be proud of. I'm so happy to have bandwidth for blogging again and hope to share more as I settle into this new chapter. I bet you will be able to offer guidance as I navigate this new phase and identity! Thank you so much for listening and reading, and your kind and encouraging words!
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Wow, congratulations, Jess! That's really exciting. I'm glad to have the bandwidth to blog more - I've missed it - and to share what the next chapter holds. I hope it'll be helpful and encouraging for you!
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Thank you, Kelly! I know I can't believe we've gotten this far without them going to the beach! California is just about a 5 hour drive away and we'd love to make that trip happen more regularly. And they still haven't seen snow! We've love to take them up to northern AZ next winter so they can see some. Cedric will say, "And then it will be summer and it will snow!" So I think we need to get him straightened out, haha! I'm looking forward to sharing more about the transition and new routines and habits. thanks so much for reading!
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I'm writing this from the breezy morning shade of my front porch, wearing shorts and a sleeveless shirt. Already the afternoons are getting hot; summer declaring that it is on its way. May is the prologue to summer and this year it's a prologue to my new chapter. This month is about transitioning and decompressing and breathing. I'll have several days with childcare for both boys and few commitments. We'll also be traveling for nearly three weeks to Texas, taking full advantage of our more flexible schedule. What I noticed immediately in my first week of not working is how... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at RISING*SHINING
Thank you so much, Kellie! I am so glad that sharing my evolving work situation and our finances can be helpful for others. That change and shift in fulfillment I'm sure is so common but not something that is talked about or recognized as much. It took me a while to recognize it as I wrestled with having a good job but also feeling ready for something different so I can relate! It's really cool that you are already investing in creative pursuits and that is something to pay attention to. You might be building a foundation for a career shift! And remember it's ok for things to take time. But having a plan, even a multi-year plan, can make you feel like you have momentum and I can say from experience, you can finally reach that big goal! You have a lot on your plate so definitely keep scheduling that down time, you have lots of good pursuits that need your energy! :)
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2018 on I quit my job at RISING*SHINING
Thank you, Misti! I can so relate to your situation. Keep investing in your creative pursuits and treating them professionally. You just never know how things will turn out and what opportunities will come up. Just saying those big dreams out loud can be powerful so keep on going!
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I'm flattered that I've inspired you to consider these things, Anne! that's really cool! It does sound like you have a great situation already and you might be pretty close to that ideal life but it is always interesting and illuminating to stop and think. Sometimes some small changes translate to big impact. Plus often you end up seeing all the really great parts of life (and it sounds like you are already good at this) and that's always a wonderful perspective, too! Thanks so much for reading :)
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