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Road tripping through South America with a newborn

Having a four-month maternity leave sounded great, but staying at home all that time was wearing me down. I am serious travel bug/wanderlust case and by the time our child turned one-month-old I was starting to get restless. So when my husband decided to quit his job a month later I told him: "If you are quitting, we are traveling!"

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Making refrigerator jam at home the easy way

I enjoy jam as much as the next person and find a deep sense of accomplishment in making my own from time to time. Most jam recipes call for lengthy canning routines and commercially produced pectin. But I've developed an easier and simpler recipe for making jam.

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WTF is renters insurance really, and do I need it?

I live in an apartment, but it doesn't explicitly require renters insurance. I've been renting my own places for four years now, and have gone without it. It seemed like a good thing to have, but not something to prioritize as a working (sometimes struggling) artist. Can y'all help a Homie out and break down what your experiences have been, and any advice you have on renters insurance?

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Growing up and letting go of obsolete relationship dynamics

My sister is amazing with people, confident and outgoing and extraordinarily empathetic. And me? Well, I was the best at logistics. I always had two sets of lunch money in case my sister forgot hers (which was often useful), and contingency plans for every situation. As we grew up and left home the relationship dynamic stayed the same. Then, last year, we had a family crisis, and I realized that the dynamic had shifted, and I needed to shift as well.

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There is a certain joy in ritual

While at face value, following a specific set of actions may seem difficult or complicated, the reason it works is because, in actuality, the rituals make life more simple. Simplicity during the times I feel most sensitive to worry is like a little gift to myself, the gift of certainty. There are so many times in a day that I worry about what's next. When I know exactly what is going to happen next, I don't worry about it. Reducing worry in my life is one of my major goals in my search for personal serenity.