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What It Really Means to Do What You Love

October 24, 2016

What It Really Means to Do What You Love

This is a guest post by my friend Jennifer of the blog Simply + Fiercely.

When I was twenty-two, I decided that I was tired of my life and did something I’m almost scared to admit on a personal finance blog; I dropped out of university, bought a one-way ticket to London, and boarded a plane with nothing but a backpack, a work visa, and a meagre $500 in my pocket.

I landed at Heathrow after a long and difficult flight (I was sick on the plane) feeling completely lost, exhausted, and disoriented – but also happier than I’d ever felt in my life.

Despite the pitiful exchange rate, my limited funds (I realized I had enough to sustain me for exactly seven days – provided I stuck to a strict diet of peanut butter sandwiches) and the fact that I knew absolutely no one in London, I was beyond excited.

For the first time in my life, I was doing what I loved.

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Why I (Kinda, Sorta, Sometimes) Hate Calling Myself a Minimalist

October 17, 2016

Why I (Kinda, Sorta, Sometimes) Hate Calling Myself a Minimalist

A few weeks ago, I shared a list of my initial thoughts from the road. Some were silly (like noticing all the different license plate designs in Montana), some were fun (tallying up the presidential yard signs in every state) and some were about money (oh how I am missing your cheap gas prices, America). But fairly early on into the trip, I also came face-to-face with a fact I couldn’t ignore: that minimalism is a privilege. And while I wasn’t ready to write about it then, I’ve since gathered my thoughts and had enough conversations with friends that I can finally share how I feel about it now.

Let’s start with a story…

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Coffee Date With Anthony Ongaro

August 24, 2016


Hi friends! In case you haven’t been following along on Instagram, I’m officially ten days into my road trip and things are going well so far. I’ve already visited six states, and am about to enter my seventh and eighth states later today. Aside from one crazy wind/rain storm, everything has gone smoothly… and guess what? I’ve only cried once! Somehow, that feels like a win. :)

There are so many things I want to tell you about the trip already, but for now I will just say that the highlight has been my time in Minnesota. On a particularly rough day of driving through South Dakota, I texted friends to say I couldn’t wait to arrive, because I had a feeling it was going to be a special part of this trip – and I was right. On top of seeing some long-time blogging friends, friends I met at WDS last year and even some new faces, I got to stay and spend quality time with Anthony and Amy Ongaro.

You might recognize Anthony’s name because he’s written not one but two guest posts for me in the past. He’s also the writer behind the blog Break the Twitch, where he talks about intentional living and creating a life that aligns with your values. Based on that sentence alone, you can probably imagine that we have a lot in common… and we do! But I didn’t know what to expect, because we had never met (other than on a few Skype calls) before this trip.

Now, after spending just a few days together, I am genuinely sad at the thought of not seeing Anthony and Amy again for a while. I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever felt so aligned with two people, in terms of our energy levels and interests. We spent most of our time together laughing, and turning our online relationships into true friendships. And they were the most amazing hosts. I truly couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Before I left, I asked Anthony if he would mind answering some questions for the blog, so I could share more about him with all of you. Here’s what we pieced together. :)

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