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Life Is Writing Itself

As part of Season 1 and the inaugural group of Stratejoy bloggers I had no idea how much this group and Molly would impact my life. I know I’ve said it before, but I really mean it. I’m a firm believer in fate and things happening for a reason and so certain I was chosen to help launch the Stratejoy bloggers because we needed each other, the Stratejoy group and me. I still need them!

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Looking Back Over Two Years Since Stratejoy

Today, I’m sitting here writing this update from Austin, Texas. Gone are the nights I spent gallivanting around Washington, DC and jet-setting across the country for my job. While some things have changed, others have remained the same. Part of me is still the same Andrea I was in 2009 and part of me is still trying to figure it all out.

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One Door Closes and I Wait For Another To Open

Writing for Stratejoy has been one of the best learning experiences of my life. Deep down I am a writer, it’s what I’ve always done…The past 6 months have helped me become an even better writer. This journey has helped me to find my inner voice, which for a writer, is sometimes difficult to do.

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Note to My 18-Year-Old Self

Looking back, I feel like I have been about 20 different versions of myself over the past 7 years. It’s hard to know whether or not I will become another 20 different version in the coming 7 years…. I hope not. I would like to think that maybe, just maybe, I’m starting to figure out this thing called life and have less anxiety and fear.

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Keep What Really Matters

I was inspired by Kendra’s post in August about giving it all away and made it a goal to downsize my life before the turn of the new year. It wasn’t easy, but I spent a weekend and went through my entire room.

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A New Year, A New Direction and New Hair

Six months ago, when I first started writing for Stratejoy I made a list of 30 things to do before I’m 30. I constantly consult it and through my time with Stratejoy, I have inched my way closer and closer to completing this list. In 2009, I completed 4 things from last list and in 2010 I hope to do even more. Right off the bat, only a few days into the new year, I crossed off one of my most challenging things.

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Everyone is Born With Passion

What is your passion? If you had to write a phrase explaining yours, what would it be? While spending an amazing family weekend with my mom and sister in NYC, we talked a lot about the past and pondered over the future.

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Stratejoy: A Visual of Happiness

I love words. Ask anyone who has known me for more than 5 minutes. Because of this love, I am obsessed with an awesome technology tool called Wordle. It lets you take tons of words and organize them, customize a font and create an amazing pieces of artwork. It’s been almost 6 months now that Stratejoy has been publishing blog posts…

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Two Degrees Down, One To Go

That’s what my adviser said as he handed me my Master of Arts diploma in 2007. “Two down, one to go.” It took me a minute to realize what he was talking about, but eventually my blond head understood. He was giving me the go ahead to pursue my dream of obtaining a Ph.D.

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This Season I Am Grateful For Opportunity

Every Thanksgiving holiday, right before dinner, I make everyone in attendance write on a little slip of paper what they are thankful for that year. It’s a silly little game I like to play, because we put them all in a dish and pass it around reading each one out loud. The fun part is trying to figure out who wrote what.

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The Geography of Happiness- Part 2

In my last post I talked about an amazing book I read while traveling on my Eastern Europe Adventure called, The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World. I wanted to share some insight and ideas from the book about happiness and the search for the Good Life.

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Happiness Is Not Geographic

Prior to my Eastern Europe Adventure, I stopped in to Borders to find a couple books to take with me on my two week excursion. Isn’t it always so hard to find the perfect travel book?

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Do One Thing That Scares You

A few months ago, I was having a bummer of a day when I randomly decided to stop at the travel agency located on the college campus where I work. At the spur of the moment, I put a down payment on a 12-day tour through Eastern Europe.

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Love Is Not An Episode of Sex And The City

“Love happens under a Texan sky.” I have said those three little words to 2 boys in my life and actually meant it. One was my high school sweetheart, the other was my ex BF who I dated for 2 years and became such a solid part of my life my 80-year-old grandmother still asks about him.

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For Richer Or For Poorer?

You know the saying, “Money makes the world go round?” Sometimes I wish it wasn’t true. Lately, I have had this fear that I will be poor for rest of my life. Why does money have to matter so much?

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The Best Advice

Giving Advice: We all do it, when it comes time to make a decision we ask someone for their advice. For some, advice is based on experience “Well, when that happened to me I…” or vicariously injecting themselves into your situation, “If I were you, I would….”

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I’m Not The Only 20-Something Suffering From a Quarter Life Crisis

I must confess, I am an avid fan of Twitter. In the media field, Twitter is an essential part of connecting and conversing within communities. Many people have told me they don’t understand it or think its stupid- and that’s fine- but for me, Twitter is a never ending stream of resources, things to read and just general cool stuff.

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Life Update and Lessons Learned

I can’t even believe that thirteen weeks have gone by since we all started blogging about the “Quarterlife Crisis”. As, I look back over my posts and my very first introduction post, I gotta say I’ve done a lot over the past 3 months!

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I Was Born With The Travel Bug

When I first heard of Stratejoy and the adventures of wonderful Miss Molly Hoyne, the one thing that really struck me was her year-long travel excursion. I was so jealous! Reading through other QLC blogger posts, I’ve noticed that travel is a common theme among all of us.

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Everyone Deserves To Relax, Even You

Every year, since I was 15 years old, my family and I have taken a trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina during the last week of August. It is pretty much the only time out of the whole year (not including when I get sick or hungover) where my brain can calm down a little and I literally DO NOTHING. To some people, this is really easy. For me, its really really hard.

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Do We Have Control Over Our Lives?

Hmm… Now this is really a loaded question: Do we have control over our lives? I took a lot of time to think about this and honestly my answer changes on a daily basis.

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I’d Take A Friend That Is One In A Million, Rather Than A Million Friends

Throughout this summer, I spent a few weekend back in my small home town outside of Buffalo, NY to spend time with family and friends. Usually, I pretty much end up doing a lot of thinking and eating. I always try to sleep a lot too, but that never works.

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Updating Your Life Resume

Life has been beyond stressful lately at my job. Considering I am an office of one, at times it can seem as if I am holding the entire world on my shoulders. (Though, as my boss likes to point out, it is NOT life or death…)

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Enemies, Frenemies, and Friends

There have really only been 2 people in my entire life that I can honestly say I hate. Well, hated- past tense- since now I only hate 1 person. Over the years, the second person (to everyone’s surprise!) has gone from despised enemy, to frenemy, to friend.

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I Can’t be a Rockette when I Grow Up

I am 25 and have no idea what I want to be when I grow up. Now, I have said this before and I’ll say it again: I really thought when I was little by the time I was 25 I would be a grown up. Not so much.

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When Do You Know When It’s Time to Go?

I mean, I’ve lived my whole life according to a certain social time line. We go to high school, try to do well to make it into a great college, try our best in college so you can land an incredible job, maybe go on to graduate school and get a Masters, and then enter the work force.

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Till Death Do Us Part is Scary

I knew when I was in college, no go back even further – in high school, that getting married was not something I considered in my immediate agenda.

When my girlfriends and I would ride the bus we’d gossip about who would end up with their current boyfriends and who wouldn’t. Even then, I knew that the boy I dated in high school would not end up my husband. (That’s a seriously terrifying word to say, isn’t it!?)

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Boys to Men

Boys to Men. No, I’m not referring to the 90’s R&B group. I’m talking about the evolution of the twenty-something boy to the twenty-something man. Recently, I have encountered both and it really made me stop and think about the difference between the two.

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30 Things To Do Before I’m 30

While driving to and from Bonnaroo, the most amazing music, art and camping experience of my life, I decided to make a list of 30 things to do before I am 30 years old. I’m calling it my 30 Before 30.

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I am not a Grown Up

If you ask any little girl what they want to do when they grow up, chances are they will say something along the lines of, “ I want to be a ballerina!” I know I did! If you were to ask me how old I would be when I was finally a Grown Up, I would have said twenty-five. News flash, I turned 25 on the 4th of July of this year.

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