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Why You Should Run Straight Into Fear

    I have been afraid a lot lately. I was afraid to board a plane (I love flying, but the thought equally amazes and scares me). I was afraid to go to the conference. I was afraid of making real moves to realizing my dream. Why? It is what I want; it is what I wanted since I was, I don’t know, fourteen or fifteen years old. I have also been very comfortable. I moved home to be with my family; my old bedroom is how I like it, I’m spending time with my dog (she’s  ...

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Your Path is Okay

  I had my life figured out. Get my B.A. in psychology, graduate. Get my masters, graduate. Get my Ph.D., graduate. Move to Boston, work as a clinical psychologist on the psych ward floor at Mass Gen. Meet a doctor in the lunch line of the cafeteria, get married, move to the suburbs, that whole American dream. That was my path. None of that happened. I did graduate with B.A. in psychology but I decided not to go for my masters or Ph.D. I moved back home to Pittsburgh and not to Boston.  ...

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Pittsburgh’s Whiskey Moon Boutique

I love a good boutique. That’s a known fact about me. I’m all for shopping at small stores with unique clothes. Anytime I travel, I’m always looking for somewhere new to shop. And I’ve found some amazing places but back here in Pittsburgh, there are just as many cute, local stores to get a boutique fix. The latest one I’ve found is called Whiskey Moon and it’s a cute, trendy store specializing in women’s clothing, home decor, accessories, and  ...

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2018 New Year’s Goals

2018 already? I kind of can’t believe it. With a new year comes all the things you hope to do. I’ve never been one for making New Year’s resolutions and trying to stick to them throughout the year.  I think it’s hard, doable, but hard. Instead, this year, I’m setting some goals that I would love to accomplish in 2018. Something about this wording seems a little softer, allowing for more mistakes, letting myself work towards something as opposed to turning a  ...

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Chapter Fifteen Picks, Life Update, lifestyle

Chapter Fifteen’s Favorite Moments of 2017

On New Years Day, I will have been blogging for exactly a year! And how fast this year has gone by. 2017 has been full of incredible memories for me full of friends, traveling, and accomplishments. Chapter Fifteen originally started out as a blog for me to document my post-grad life with a focus on my writing. It slowly started to morph into more of a life and style blog as the months progressed. (But I’ve got a second blog focused on writing and books coming soon!) I’ve had an  ...

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lifestyle, recipes

Gingerbread Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Icing

With Christmas comes baked goods and with just a week away, you’re probably gathering ingredients for cookies galore. But hear me out, what about instead of gingerbread cookies, you have a gingerbread cake? That’s right! A cake, not cookies! Last year, I made a gingerbread cake for dessert after Christmas dinner and it was so good and was such a crowd pleaser. It’s a twist on the classic Christmas treat! And how cute is the little gingerbread village cake topper?

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Gift Guides, Holidays

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Traveler

  Shop this post: Travel Shot Glass Set • Metalic Duffle Bag • Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel Travel Journal • Memory Foam Neck Pillow • Triangle Coin Purse Jet Set Passport Holder • Jewelry OrganizerJewelry Organizer • Fujifilm Instant Camera Reusable Crumple Map • Hanging Toiletry Case • Stainless Steel Travel Mug Bon Voyage Print • Travel Blanket and Pillow Set • Carry-on Cocktail Kit   Wishing you and yours a very merry and bright holiday season! -Alex of Chapter Fifteen Blog

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