Category: Lifestyle

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Growing Your Passion While Eliminating Debt: A Story

A few weeks ago, I met a new friend we’ll call G. We worked together for a short time, and one day when we talked, she told me her hopes for her life going forward. While our time working together was ending soon after that chat, she was on the fence as to how to leap next to reach her goals. How was she going to build her passionate acting career while being saddled with debt and needing a day job to make ends meet? She was thinking about meeting with a debt consolidator.

Upon hearing this, I offered to meet-up with her anytime she’d like for a coffee and to save her money instead of paying someone else to figure it out. I thought I could help her organize her finances and make a plan for debt-freedom while growing her presence in acting at the same time. Continue reading…

Eight Days into the 8Safe Elimination Diet

It’s been over an entire week now since I’ve started the 8Safe Elimination Diet. Eight days in and I’m feeling somewhat better.

I had attempted it last spring but gave up after 1-2 weeks in due to personal distress and a death. An elimination diet that eliminates the top 8 food allergens is no joke and without a clear mind, I couldn’t keep going.

Why an Elimination Diet?

I have now taken this on again to find answers to my eczema that has flared up wildly again this winter. Usually, it is well hidden under my clothing on my arms, but this season it has proven to manifest itself right where the sun shines daily: my face.

You’ve not done anything difficult until you cannot eat a thing with eggs, dairy, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, or gluten.

Even the worker at Wegmans, my new favorite every-allergen-is-labeled place to shop, said “elimination diets are so tough but so worth the information you learn, good luck!” as he put back the vegan cashew cheese he was recommending.

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I am Going to Quit Running

At exactly 5 am every day little feet pitter patter down the hallway, yells and laughs bellow out of Crab’s room, the shower faucet springs to action, and light seeps into our bedroom; so there is truly no sleeping through it all.

Luckily, on the weekends, there is no alarm and Chris does not jump into the shower at 5 am, so the kids sleep until the late hour of 6 am if we keep quiet enough. The moment Monkey hears a noise, he’s up and downstairs turning on lights and ready to start his day.

Five years I keep thinking… five years and they’ll want to sleep in on the weekends.

The past two weeks have gone rather well when it comes to getting up at 5 am and getting in my workouts, I didn’t have much choice. Let’s take a look at how the last week shook out for my training:

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Daily Goodie Box Review

In the past month, I signed up to receive a Daily Goodie Box. They send you free samples of a variety of items to taste or try and share your honest feedback. I was given the items for free, but my opinion has not been guided by the Daily Goodie Box company at all.

When you sign-up, they list items that will be on their way to you. I didn’t have time to look at them first, so I was happily surprised by the very full box I received. See the video above for the unboxing. It was packaged very nicely, and I was excited to try such a variety of items from food to lotions to drink mixes.

On to the review…

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