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Who Am I Becoming?

I follow this Instagrammer called @gummergal. Actually, I think her real name is Laura. Anyway, I don’t even remember why I started following her, but I think it had to do with her having a cute house, or a cute sweater, or something equally superficial. Tonight, one of her cute […]

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How to Explain Freelance to Regular People

There are a lot of good things about freelancing: You can do errands in the middle of the day. You (probably) don’t have a daily commute, and you can work in coffee shops. You make more money by hustling, not by relying on the whims of upper management. Occasionally, you […]

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How to Get Back on Track after a Holiday Weekend

It’s amazing how much a holiday weekend can throw off a schedule. Thanksgiving weekend was only four days, but when you add in the fact that most of us were traveling or hosting, spending time with family we don’t see much, eating a lot of fatty, sugary, carb-y food and […]

Blogging in Search of Direction

I decided to participate in Blog Like Crazy this year as a last resort. Let’s back up — I love goals. I like to have at least one major, long-term goal in my life, and usually I like to have a few little ones, too. I like striving toward something, […]

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Happy Birthday Localist Book!

Four years ago today, my first book came out. I can hardly believe it’s been that long, and I’m still completely humbled by the outpouring of love and support I got for the book, and for the idea of buying local. So today, since the book’s turning four, I thought […]

Your Guide to Small Business Saturday in Birmingham

Well, it’s finally the most hectic day of the year — Black Friday. That means getting up early and standing in line and spending a lot … or does it? Have you heard of the buy-local alternative, Small Business Saturday? It’s sort of like Black Friday because there are sales […]

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Why I’m Thankful for Small Shops

I do a lot of writing about the benefits of locally owned stores. I write that I appreciate the selection that’s curated by people who are experts in their fields. I write that more tax money goes back into our local economies when we shop locally instead of buying from […]

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I Do Not Have a Blog Today

Sometimes, you just don’t have it in you to write another word. I started writing (for work) this morning at 7 a.m.; I wanted to prep for meetings this afternoon. The meetings went well, but I was mentally exhausted at the end of the day. I thought I’d chill out […]

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How to Choose an Audiobook

The holidays are upon us (almost), and that means it’s time for long drives to visit family, long airport visits, long train trips … well, you get it. I like to read when I’m in the airport or on a train, but not even I have figured out how to […]

My Favorite Audiobook App:

I’m more into podcasts than I am into audiobooks these days, but sometimes you want something that has a longer format. Something that helps you power through a long run, or a bunch of knitting, or — in my case this weekend — an eight-hour drive. Lots of people use […]