How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People is a one of the best books I’ve read on communication and relationships.  Dealing with people is one of the most difficult challenges in life.  Carnegie summed up years of research both thoroughly and succinctly to help you navigate your own relationships, whether they are professional or personal.

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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

Dr. John Gottman’s The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is a summary of his studies from over 20 years of observing couples. He can predict with a 91% accuracy whether a marriage will fail or succeed with just minutes a few minutes observing a couple.  His advice is sound, based on fact.  An excellent read for anyone preparing for or already in a partnership.

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Amazon Prime Perks You Might Be Missing Out On

Amazon Prime Perks You Might Be Missing Out On

I have a subscription for Amazon Prime, and I find it extremely valuable for more than just free two day shipping.  I end up saving more than the annual fee just from the extra services, so it’s worth it for me.  You still should always shop around when making purchases, and you can use CamelCamelCamel.com to check the historical price of your Amazon purchases.  If you won’t use any of the other perks, I still recommend just using free standard shipping for Amazon purchases over $25.

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Barcelona, Catalonia or Spain?

Barcelona, Catalonia or Spain?

Barcelona, in the region of Catalonia, may not be part of Spain much longer.  Throughout our entire trip, we saw peaceful protesters throughout the city who want Catalonia to become its own country and who were pushing for a referendum.  A vote was declared illegal by Spain.  They held one anyway this past weekend, which led to police raiding the polling stations to seize ballot boxes and remove voters and left 850 injured.  We were thankful that we weren’t a part of the violence while we were there just a week before, but it was a great reminder to always be alert when traveling.

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Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

The history behind the city of Rome is fascinating, and layers upon layers make up its story.  Everything was so walk-able, and there were so many free things for travelers to do and see.  The food was delicious.  I was taken aback when I saw just how much wealth was centered in the Vatican City, but it was definitely impressive to see firsthand.  Seeing the sprawling wealth gave me a deeper understanding of our world’s financial inequality.

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Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway

It has been a busy couple of weeks, between evacuating to Atlanta for Hurricane Irma, getting back home and putting everything back together, and then heading off to Europe for over a week.  We were definitely tired, but we were even more grateful that the hurricane was so weakened as it passed our home.  We didn’t know if we’d still be taking the trip as the storm was brewing, but getting to Oslo and spending time with my family was such a relief.  I had forgotten what it was like to be a tourist in Oslo, but the Wanderer did a good job reminding me.  Norway is a beautiful country, and the people are very kind and welcoming.

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One Backpack for 10 Nights in Europe?

One Backpack for 10 Nights in Europe?

Yes, one backpack for 10 nights.  It happens to be my awesome Venture Pal lightweight backpack, which I am a huge fan of.  Incredibly light, incredibly versatile.  The Wanderer and I had 6 one-way flights with different airlines, so assuming $50 per bag, that’s a savings of $300 per person.  I’ve talked all about the benefits of traveling light, and given strategies to save space and weight, but this one was definitely my biggest (or smallest) feat.

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How I Moved Across the Country in an Edge

How I Moved Across the Country in an Edge

I hate cold.  I survived Michigan with at least three layers of clothing at all times and an electric blanket.  A great job for me opened up in my company down in Florida.  The new job was a promotion right up my alley and located somewhere warm, so of course I jumped at the opportunity without hesitation.  I managed to make the move in a Ford Edge.  I’ve since learned that moving across the country in one car is pretty common for the single younger crowd.  The time to make these career moves is while you are young and not yet tied down.

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Buying My Second House

Buying My Second House

My move from Michigan to Florida felt both exciting and terrifying.  I considered renting for a bit, but my preferred lifestyle choice is home ownership.  I had an offer in hand for my house in Michigan.  I had been browsing the listings for about 9 months and had visited the specific area a couple times so I had a good idea of the market.  I had spent the summer wrapping up the rest of my renovations on my house in Michigan, and had some ideas for how I wanted my new house to function.  I started working with a realtor as soon as I got down to Florida.  I gave him my list of requirements, we found a great foreclosure in one of the best areas in the city, and I was able to secure financing and close within two months of moving down.

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