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Birth Story: Dawson Tian-Ming Chiu

I feel like one lucky mama as I sit down to write the birth story of my second child (and first son), Dawson! This sweet boy joined our family on June 18, 2021, at 1:44 AM. Fun fact: my first, Lilah, was also born at 1:44 AM. However, my experience with Dawson was quite different. …

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Creating a Meaningful Life Each Day

We recently watched the movie Groundhog Day. In the 1993 comedy, a weatherman gets trapped in an endless cycle of reliving February 2nd – and he’s the only person who realizes what’s going on. While Bill Murray’s character can fill each iteration of the Groundhog holiday with different events, interactions, and activities, he struggles with …

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My Favorite Indoor Hobby Ideas For Winter

It’s January, the armpit of winter. I won’t sugarcoat things…this time of the year is the toughest for me! My mental health tends to dip during these cold, gloomy days, and with the holidays in the rearview mirror and 2021 goals at the forefront of my mind, there’s only hard work ahead. However, January is …

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Does Adventure Strengthen Family Relationships?

Disclaimer: I’m not a mental health professional – just a mom who is passionate about travel and adventure. This post is based on my experiences and observations along with some online research. If you need help strengthening your family relationships, I recommend turning to a professional.¬† The Coronavirus pandemic rages on as the autumn months …

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Flipping Houses 101: 3 Tips for Beginners

This post has been kicking around in my mind for a while now. Thanks to glamorous TV shows, a lot of people love the idea of flipping houses. I’ll admit that those same shows drew me to flipping in the first place, too! However, these programs are usually more aspirational than actionable – you’ve got …

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Curacao Chaos, Part 2

FYI: this post will make a little more sense if you read part one¬†about our trip to Curacao first! As if getting robbed at gunpoint wasn’t enough, the stress of our summer adventure had only begun. The day following the incident was filled with multiple re-tellings of the story to policemen, investigators, insurance agents and …

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