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Can You Afford a Pet? & Is Pet Insurance Worth it?

Can You Afford a Pet? & Is Pet Insurance Worth it?

Over Super Bowl weekend, my friends shared some sad news with me. Their dog Micky was gravely sick. Micky had leptospirosis, a potentially serious bacterial disease, and his liver and kidneys were failing. After visiting a few local veterinarians, Micky’s only option was to transfer to the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital to receive dialysis. 

How to Build a Home Gym for Under $100 & An Inspirational Story

How to Build a Home Gym for Under $100 & An Inspirational Story

Earlier this week I posted on whether or not to join a gym and nine alternatives. If getting into shape is one of your goals this year, I’m excited for you. I want to do to same too! But first, I want to share with you my uncle’s inspirational story of getting into shape.

Should You Join A Gym in the New Year? & 9 Alternatives

Should You Join A Gym in the New Year? & 9 Alternatives

Happy New Year! Although we're only three days into the new year, I hope your year is off to a great start. I have so much planned for the blog this year. I can't wait to get started. First up is this post, which is on a question many of us ask ourselves as we start a new year with new resolutions.

How to See the Entire 2017 San Francisco Ballet Season for Less Than $200

How to See the Entire 2017 San Francisco Ballet Season for Less Than $200

Do you love the Nutcracker? The San Francisco Ballet is performing it again this holiday season and I can’t wait to see it! It’s been a treat to see ever since I was a child. Living in San Francisco, I’m fortunate to be able to see the San Francisco Ballet (SFB) whenever the company has a performance and my schedule permits. You might wonder how this is possible given that tickets to the ballet can cost a pretty penny. 

7 Tips to Meet Your New Year’s Resolutions

7 Tips to Meet Your New Year’s Resolutions

As we get closer to the end of the year, I’ve been spending more time deciding on my 2017 New Year’s resolutions. I’m exciting for the new year. It’s a chance to keep up the good habits and activities I’ve started this year. It’s also a chance to start over on the things I haven’t been so successful at. Darn those difficult-to-learn photography skills!

How to Make SMART New Year's Resolutions

How to Make SMART New Year's Resolutions

With Thanksgiving passed and December only a few days away, the end of the year is fast approaching. With that comes reflection on the past year and excitement for what’s in store for 2017. According to Statistic Brain, 68% of Americans usually or infrequently make New Year’s resolutions. Only 8% are successful at achieving their resolution, while 49% infrequently meet them. That’s a lot of unmet goals!

6 Tips for Surviving Jury Duty

6 Tips for Surviving Jury Duty

Earlier this year, I received a jury summons, the first I've received in several years. In the past, I had been in school and easily postponed my jury duty until school holidays. My only experience has been sitting in the waiting room for a few hours and then being excused. Easy peasy. Now that I'm working full-time, it's another matter. My employer let me have my legally required time off on the afternoon I had to report to the courthouse. What I wasn't prepared for was the jury selection process and the prospect of a two-month trial! Yes, two months!

Cats, Dogs, & Then Some: How to Spend Time with Pets When You Don't Have One of Your Own

Cats, Dogs, & Then Some: How to Spend Time with Pets When You Don't Have One of Your Own

Living in the city has its perks, but one of the most challenging things to do is own a pet while living in a limited space and constantly being on the go. If you're a pet owner or an animal lover, then you already know the joys of having a cat or dog...a furry loved one who is often in a good mood, greets you when you come home, and is loyal and affectionate. There's no replacement for having an animal in one's life. Here’s how to spend time with pets wen you don’t have one.