• Writing this series

    It’s October 31, which means it’s Halloween! And also the last day of my 31 Decisions I’m Glad I Made series. Huzzah! I’ve been writing 31 days straight, and at the beginning of this month I wondered if writing this series would be a good decision. The verdict? Yep. Glad I decided to write and choose this

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  • Writing a newsletter

    When I was in the 4th grade I decided to write a newsletter. Why I wanted to make one, who knows.. maybe to keep up with friends that moved away? But either way, I had the idea and was able to pull it off, with the huge help of my mom. First I came up with the

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  • Getting married in April instead of October

    We got engaged on August 7, 2010, and immediately started planning the wedding. Initially we planned on an October wedding, since it would give us enough time to save and I love this time of year. But as we started to plan for something 14 months away, it felt like such a long engagement for two

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  • Marrying my husband

    The quickest and most affirming YES! I have ever exclaimed was in response to a boy kneeling on one knee, holding a gorgeous diamond ring and asking, “Will you marry me?” Best decision I’ve ever made. :) PS – Read more about our engagement story, wedding budget, and any other details you may care to know about our

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  • Contributing to my 401(k)

    The first company that I worked for full time had a 401(k) program that matched up to 3%. Actually, I don’t really remember how much the match was it was, all I knew was that if I wanted that “free money” I needed to contribute the same amount. It was a big sacrifice to essentially donate

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  • Taking a semester off

    In the fall semester of my senior year, I withdrew from college. Instead of taking classes, I worked full-time for five months at Samaritan’s Purse as a community relations intern for Operation Christmas Child, which is headquartered in Boone. It was the greatest internship ever. I didn’t need the credit hours, so I was able to make

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  • Meeting with friends at 6am on Fridays

    When our small group started back up this year, some of the girls suggested to meet just girls another time during the week, since our Monday night meetings are co-ed and there isn’t a lot of time to share or get really deep. We threw out some times and days, and (big surprise) our seven schedules didn’t exactly

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  • Taking back my free time

    Like all people pleasers, I have the classic problem of saying yes to too many things. The worst it’s ever been was in my junior year of college. I was taking 18 hours of classes, the vice president of an international organization, volunteered at a community service office, waited tables on the weekends, worked part

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  • Starting my career at an ad agency

    In college, I majored in communications (with an emphasis on public relations) and minored in marketing. I am one of the few people with that degree who is actually working in that field. Many of my friends and classmates are in an industry different than their major, which is completely understandable. Advertising and PR looks really glamorous from the

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