30 Before 30: Halfway There!

I haven’t been the best at keeping up with this blog (hello, 1.5 months since the last post!)  It’s been a busy few months for us with our move, a job opportunity that came and went, and some big news that I’m hoping to reveal soon.  In all the hustle and bustle I realized that […]

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The Road Less Travelled

The Road Less Travelled :: thebeautywithout.com

When I think about our journey to financial independence/retiring early (FIRE) and the steps we are taking to get there I already know our path will be different than most.  What I didn’t realize is that even the main road isn’t quite as well travelled as I had expected.  Every person on a similar journey starts at a […]

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Downsizing: Walking the Walk

Downsizing: House Comparison

As I mentioned in my last post, the second main reason for my 2 month writing hiatus is simply because I was too effing busy to write.  Why?  Because we’ve been making HUGE progress against our goals.  In the span of 2 months we made the decision to sell our home, rented a house almost half the size […]

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Hitting the Reset Button

Hitting the Reset Button :: thebeautywithout.com

It’s been a few weeks months since my last post and there are two main excuses:  1) I’ve been making progress against my goals which has taken my attention away from writing (more on that in the next post) and 2) I’ve had to step back and evaluate my writing goals and take a hard […]

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Generation to Generation: Personal Advocacy in Healthcare

 Dear Delightful Daughters, There is no delicate way to say this: you almost never were.   You are only here because your father and I pushed back against the medical advice of several doctors and advocated for you. I didn’t come by this naturally.  Until the series of events that led to your conception and birth, I had the […]

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The Great Toy Purge

The Great Toy Purge: Attacking the Toy Clutter By Deciding What Stays and What Goes -- thebeautywithout.com

I have been slowly reducing my kids toys over the past few months as part of my larger effort to declutter my home.  I’ve been making steady progress on the toy purge, sneaking toys into piles in the garage, gifting them to my local Buy Nothing Group or throwing them away when they’re broken.  They will occasionally […]

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When a Dream Dies

Two years ago my husband and I purchased a 2.5 acre parcel of land just yards from our current home.  We spent 6 months drawing up the floorplan for our 3,750 sq ft rambler with 4 bedrooms, an office, a separate kids wing and an open concept living area.  We had finally made it!  We […]

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30 Before 30: 5 More Experiences

30 Before 30: 5 More Experiences :: thebeautywithout.com

I’ve completed another 5 experiences on my quest to experience 30 new things before I turn 30.  If you missed the first posts about my challenge, you can get caught up here: The Short-Term Bucket List Challenge 30 Before 30: The First 5 Now for my most recent adventures, experiences #6-10: #6:  Paint Night Location: Paint […]

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Generation to Generation: Be Curious

Generation to Generation: Be Curious - Why You Should Never Stop Asking "Why" or "Why Not" -- thebeautywithout.com

Dear Delightful Daughters, At the ripe age of two-and-a-half, you are just beginning to explore the wonderful world of “Why.”  While I expect, at times, to become frustrated by your incessant questioning of everything you see and hear, I do truly hope that you will stay curious forever. Curiosity will take you far, much further than […]

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