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Making Money Moves This Year

Maybe it’s just tax season, but around this time of year, I always start looking at my finances and really honing in on how I want to succeed financially in the months to come. While I’ve been blessed to escape the last year financially sound, I know many who haven’t. This got me thinking about the critical first steps I took, financially, when starting out. I’m sharing everything today in the hope that if someone…
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5 Ways to Deal With the Winter Blues

When short days and cold temperatures become the norm, it totally makes sense that we see changes in our body as a result. We are experiencing less naturally sourced vitamin D, we are getting less fresh air, and we’re isolated a bit more. The “Winter Blues” or in the more extreme sense, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is pretty commonly talked about in the north east. Whether it’s your neighbor’s annual trip down south or your…
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Finding Motivation Within Yourself

Finding motivation within yourself is hard. I feel like I’ve mentioned this on the blog a lot recently, but if you haven’t read Gretchen Rubin’s work on the Four Tendencies, I highly suggest it. Take the quiz, while you’re at it! Unless you’re an upholder or a questioner, you might struggle, like me, with meeting inner expectations. Fun fact: most of the world does! As we enter the New Year, the pressure to do better…
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My One Word Vision For 2021

I recently read “One Word That Will Change Your Life,” and was amazed to realize that I utilized this process in 2020. In January, I posted that 2020 was my year of joy. Joy. One word to drive my focus, intention, and action within the year ahead. Now, I’m making it a practice to selecting a one word vision for the year ahead. My One Word Vision for 2021 – Grace In selecting my word…
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My Personal Manifesto for 2021

Gretchen Rubin inspired this post with her Personal Commandments. However, I don’t feel I’m in the right place, at this point in my life, to select statements that embody my whole existence. Instead, I’m picking five statements to embody the year I envision having in 2021. This is my personal manifesto for 2021. They are words to live by. We’ve all got them- but making sure we remember them when we need them is what’s…
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My 21 Things For 2021

I always make new year’s resolutions and for the most part, I’m always good about keeping one or two. However, after reading Gretchen Rubin’s book “The Four Tendencies” and realizing I’m an obliger, I understand why I might not see them all through until the end. Furthermore, taking a page from Rachel Hollis’ book, I know that I need to start small if I want to grow positive habits in my life.  These years, in…
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2020 Check-In

I was listening to episode 146 of Rachel Hollis’ “Rise” podcast on my drive home the other day and she was speaking to this crazy quarantine time we’ve all found ourselves in. She was speaking to the idea that, we need to reset our goals for ourselves, for this year. Whatever plans you had, long term plans/dreams/goals- they need to be put on hold. This year is going to look different than any other and…
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A Twenty-Something’s Guide to Living Through a Pandemic

Ah, COVID-19. The experience none of us ever wanted or anticipated. The other day, I was thinking back to when this all started: there were whispers circulating around school, I was asking Ryan to go out and stock up on a few extra rolls of toilet paper. “Just in case!” I said, and he laughed. Even after two months of news, the way COVID-19 came in and upended our lives was shocking. The world fell…
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A Twenty-Something’s Guide to Self Care

I feel like self care is a term thrown around so frequently that it’s starting to get a bit of an eye-roll response. Be honest, what’s the first thing you thought of when you read the term in that last sentence. Bubble baths? Face masks? There is so much more to self care than treating yourself to the occasional luxury. We live in a day and age where we are constantly connected, constantly bombarded with…
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Sharing My JOY List

Rachel Hollis recently published a challenge on her blog: make a JOY list! Her advice was to sit down and make a list of things that bring you joy and contentment. I published a post back in January about how I want this to be my year of JOY, so this activity feels very appropriate. One way to psych yourself out of the winter blues? Remember all the great things that bring you JOY. Here…
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In Their Shoes with Nicola Kutz

A few weeks ago, my friend Nicki asked me if I’d ever interview someone for my blog. With that question, she inspired a new series, “In Their Shoes,” where I do just that. In our initial brainstorming, I expressed to Nicki that I’m excited to highlight people who are passionate about something specific or have had a unique experience they want to share.  I met Nicki when we were both students at Rhode Island College.…
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A Twenty-Something’s Guide to Money

Oh what a fun topic we have for the blog today: finances. For the record, I really am in no way qualified to give financial advice. This post is simply to share my experiences and the advice I’ve been given that has helped me. That being said… Finances are actually one of my favorite things to discuss with people my age. I feel like my generation, for all its faults, has gotten a bit smarter…
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#FYTP: A Day in the Life of a Teacher

This post is part of a new series on the blog called #FYTP or more specifically, #FirstYearTeacherProblems. I’ll be recounting various elements of my first year of teaching in hopes that someone out there finds them entertaining or relatable. My alarm goes off at 5:55 and I blink my way out of a stress dream where I’m an hour late to school and I can’t find my shoes. Cold water jolts me awake because waiting…
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5 Investments Every Blogger Should Make

I’m sort of laughing as I write this post, because I’m not really a ‘blogger.’ When people hear that word they think subscribers, readers, sponsorships, instagram followers. I write things and I put them online because I like to do it, and if a couple people read it, (hi mom!) it feels nice. I have, however, been blogging for a little while now. There have been highs and lows- I’ve fought with a lot of…
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#FYTP: Teaching in an Urban District

I’m starting off a new series here on the blog called #FYTP or more specifically, #FirstYearTeacherProblems. I’ll be recounting various elements of my first year of teaching in hopes that someone out there finds them entertaining or relatable. My high school graduating class was white. There’s really no other way to put it honestly and I find that when you say it bluntly like that, it catches people’s attention. For some, race is a part…
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How I Knew I Wanted to Be a Teacher

  At the beginning of the summer, our local newspaper interviewed me for a story, which was pretty weird. My college had sent out an article they wrote because I had spoken at our convocation ceremony, but locally, they picked up the story because they loved the angle: I come from a long line of teachers and I am following right in the footsteps that were all but drawn out for me.   The local…
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What to Do When You Get the Dream Job

    I came to a really terrifying realization the other day. I’m twenty two years old and the next major milestone in my life will be my wedding. Pretty sure I’m still internally screaming as I type this. A few weeks ago, a day before school started, I got hired to teach fifth grade science in Newport. It was exactly what I wanted and exactly what I’d worked so hard for. Teaching has consumed…
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Please, Don’t Ask Me Again

  “Sometimes what we want doesn’t happen when or how we want it to. But that doesn’t mean the answer is “no” it just means the answer is “not now.” – Sarah Centrella   No matter how you ask it, it’s all the same question. What have you been up to? What are your plans for the fall? How’s the job hunt going? Why aren’t you employed yet? It feels like, ever since May, the…
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This One’s For the Girls

  “Female friendships that work are relationships in which women help each other belong to themselves.” – Louise Bernikow   One Saturday night, a few weekends ago, I was sitting around a roaring fire with a group of friends. For a moment, everything went a little out of focus. I didn’t register what was happening, or notice the brief sadness filling my chest, but I still sank a little deeper. Then, a small hand reached…
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Careful Newport, Your Privilege is Showing

  “Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act.” – Albert Einstein   It’s tourist season in Newport again. Mopeds and bicycles, bucket hats and hawaiian shirts flood the roads. Families stroll down Brick Market Place as couples toast with champagne, out on the lawn at Castle Hill. The locals gripe, serving at restaurants and organizing store fronts by day, sneaking off to drown their complaints at their favorite dive bars…

Born in Rhode Island and at home in New Hampshire, Caitlin shares New England life, travel, and style.

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