Refusing to Settle

I admit it… When it comes to dating, my standards are high.  I’ve reached a place in my life, and in my personal journey, where I refuse to apologize or feel guilty about this.  I spent YEARS questioning myself and my expectations, wondering if I really was too stubborn, too rigid, too ‘whatever was preventing…

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Why This Strong, Independent Gal Loves Fifty Shades

A while back, one of my oldest and dearest friends, Alex, said to me:  “I don’t understand how someone as smart as you are can be such an enthusiastic fan of three terribly written smut novels.” At the time, all I could do was laugh at his familiar, snarky humor, roll my eyes, and mutter…

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How My (Dead) Father Led Me to Portland

At this time last year, I was living in the Bay Area and working in San Francisco’s Financial District.  While it’s a beautiful, vibrant city that’s pulsing with opportunity, I was miserable.  The fast-paced lifestyle, the inflated expenses, the sheer volume of people, and the constant, buzzing energy, were enough to make me feel like…

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