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Happiness Only Real When Shared

In Into the Wild, a movie based on Jon Krakauer’s book by the same title, Christopher McCandless concludes, “Happiness only real when shared.” McCandless set out on a wilderness expedition into Alaska, living off the land and carrying with him random objects to either help him survive or document his journey. His odyssey was one of self discovery and enlightenment, as, prior to departing for Alaska, he had given up traditional societal norms by donating his savings and destroying his identification documents, among others.
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Posted by on August 11, 2013 in Happiness, Love

 

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The American Dream: Happiness ‘n Stuff

We live in a society in which we’re judged based on our stuff. Your clothes. The finest jewelry. That extra inch on your big-screen TV, because 51 inches is just inadequate. The sweet ride parked in your garage, all blinged out, from hood ornament to rims. A sprawling house on a palatial estate. A summer cottage in the woods.
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Posted by on July 28, 2013 in Happiness, Lifestyle

 

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Happiness and the Sense of Home

If home isn’t where the heart is, it is where one’s sense of belonging exists. Granted, there are exceptions to not every rule but most. Some people, from the girl who resents her parents for forcing her small-town residence to the male who doesn’t get along with his father to the starving musician needing an escape to Hollywood, may hate their homes and will do everything in their power to get away.
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Posted by on July 21, 2013 in Family, Happiness, Real Estate

 

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Thursday Night Was Must-See Drama

Thursdays were never met with much anticipation in our home. Thursdays meant paydays, and paydays meant dad had money to waste getting wasted at the bars. Meanwhile, my hardworking mother was suffering through another 12-hour night shift so my sister and I could enjoy humble activities like eating and continuing our education. And so my sister and I would walk home from school, fingers crossed that dad would be inside the house when we arrived.
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Posted by on December 23, 2012 in Family, Lifestyle

 

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The Beginning: A Very Good Place to Start

The trouble with giving family background is pinpointing the best place to start. Being a history grad, I know all too well that history is a series of cause-and-effect relationships. It’s cyclical. It repeats. My grandparents, no doubt, provide a telling tale of war and post-war struggles, even raising a family in a different time. Or my own parents’ upbringing at the height of a cultural revolution. With all due respect to them, this is my story.
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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in Family

 

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A Boomerang Child: To Life and Back Again

The house purchase had fallen through. The news was disheartening, but mostly because it followed three months of bad news. And more bad news. And even more bad news. The icing on the cake. Stuff that made the Bad News Bears the luckiest sons of bitches. Perhaps if the past three months had gone more smoothly, I may not have blown the blown house purchase out of proportion. But there I was, feeling victimized and left searching for more answers.

And that’s when I decided to stop searching.
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Posted by on November 4, 2012 in Lifestyle, Real Estate

 

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Mom, I’m Moving In (Before I Can Move Up)

I’m 32 years old, but I hardly feel grown up. Yet we all get a dose of those little reality checks along the way, reminding us that we certainly aren’t as young as we think. The responsibilities and stresses of life, from finances to family, can keep our feelings of immortality and youthfulness in tow. For me, deciding to buy a house was one of those reality checks. So much, both good and bad, comes with owning a house; was I prepared?
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Posted by on October 14, 2012 in Career, Lifestyle, Real Estate

 

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