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Heart Swells

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The past few weeks, the days have started to feel like one endless summer vacation. After full days at the office, there are almost always fun evening plans to end the weekdays – outdoor concerts, rooftop parties, movies until dusk. I think it finally caught up to me a little bit and I was under [...]

Outdoor Concerts at Marymoor Park


Last night, a few girlfriends and I went to the Ray LaMontagne concert at Marymoor Park. An outdoor concert had been on my summer to do list for a while, and although we were nearly rained out, by evening it had turned into a beautiful day that let us sit outside until the stars came [...]

The Can Can

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Have you ever been to the Can Can? On Saturday night, a group of friends and I celebrated a birthday in the little hidden bar below Pike Place Market. The cabaret show was packed full of glittering dancers, big costumes, and cheeky comedy. We were among several bachelorette parties in the room, and the performers [...]

On Volunteering

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At the start of every year, I make a list of all the things I want to accomplish in the coming months. This year, one of the things on my list was to find a volunteer project that I could become passionately involved in. There are so many wonderful organizations and causes out there, that [...]

Pesto Gnocchi

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The dictionary defines gnocchi as potato pasta, but it is so. much. more. than just potato pasta. It’s rich, hearty little pillows of flavor that make any old noodle dish pale in comparison. Gnocchi goes great with marinara sauce, alfredo, pesto, or even just sprinkled with parmesan cheese. I whipped up a batch of gnocchi [...]

Heart Swells

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Is it really Friday already? This was a g-r-e-a-t week. Jam-packed full of old friends, new friends and as much summer fun as one could squeeze into seven days. After the last few roller-coaster weeks, this one felt joyful, strong and full of heart-swelling moments. A few of my favorites: - A rooftop BBQ with [...]

The Happiness Equation

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Is there an equation that predicts happiness? According to The Atlantic, yes. Or at least somewhat. I recently read this article. An excerpt: Now researchers think they’ve found another answer, at least for the short term: Happiness is the management of expectations. In a study published earlier this week in the Proceedings of the National [...]

Seafair Weekend

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This past weekend, in what was undoubtedly my favorite day of the entire summer, a few boatfulls of friends and I celebrated Seafair Weekend. Thousands of boats gathered on Lake Washington for a weekend of air shows, hydroplane races, raft floating and fun. My friends and I met up in the morning for a big [...]

Rattlesnake Ridge

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This may appear to be a story about hiking, but really it's a story about that one time I almost stepped on a rattlesnake in college. Everyone's got one of those, right? It started out a night like many others. Yoga pants. Homework. All of my roommates at their various functions, expect for one who [...]

Heart Swells

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This week. Phew. I walk the line on here of how much of my personal life to share. This blog, by its nature, is full of positive moments – the things that make one’s heart swell with joy, hope and fullness. But I also believe that a heart can swell with the moments that catch [...]