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To all my shorties

It was recess on a warm Wyoming fall afternoon in third grade.  I giggled freely with one of my classmates, whom I had spent countless sleepovers and play-dates.  Another girl in my grade came around the corner and declared “Josie, you are so short!!”  To my shock I looked at my childhood friend bewildered and …

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Thou Shalt Be Josie and Other Personal Commandments

Creating Twelve Personal Commandments for My Life In her book, The Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin urges readers to create 12 Personal Commandments.  She clarified that these are not specific resolutions, but overarching principles in which we want to live our lives.  In other words, our core values. While she took a year to create hers, …

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Addicted to Papyrus

Let me clarify. I am addicted to Papyrus the store, not the font type. From the website I learned, the word Papyrus (pah·pie·rus) comes from the earliest form of paper crafted from the papyrus plant. Papyrus was founded in the family kitchen of Marcel and Margrit Schurman in 1950. My enjoyment of this store goes …

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Mission: Make My House Happy

Upon the realization that I would be working/studying from home, I immediately stormed up a plan to make the best of our one bedroom, one bath.  On a mission to make my house happy. As any good list maker instinctually does, a lengthy to-do list was made.  As I was creating this, I noticed what …

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Why do we run?

I woke eagerly this morning, following through with my plans to go for a run. After a long weekend of class, I was ready to hit the pavement. The run was not that different from the hundreds of miles I’ve completed before. Today though, my body decided to remind me that I was only one …

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Life as a Doctoral Student

New to this blog?  Welcome!  Make sure to check out my first post here that explains my crazy plan to blog everyday for the next six weeks. This weekend kicked off my third semester in my doctoral program.  Seven more semesters until graduation, May 2015.  On my way to Dr. Josie Ahlquist. But who is really counting?!? …

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