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bumpdate: 32 weeks pregnant

Hello, All! & hello, Fall! I’m mostly writing this post because I have been neglecting my little space of the internet and I don’t feel very good about it. I still have so many ideas, and things I’d like to write about but by the time I am finished with work, I just want to […]

Motherhood

Jessica DeBano

august review: the handmaid’s tale

Huge fan of the show? Let’s dive into the book! “I want everything back, the way it was. But there is no point to it, this wanting.” Synopsis Written nearly 30 years ago, Margaret Atwood’s dystopian literary masterpiece tells the story of Offred, a Handmaid living in the near future in what was once the […]

Book Reviews

Jessica DeBano

meeting love for the second time

I was fortunate to meet love, again. Lately, I’ve been experiencing a unique form of writer’s block. All I want to write about is Love. I always imagined Love to be this larger than life, all encompassing, state of heightened romance. If Love were a person, I pictured her wearing French lace, brown worn boots, and […]

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Jessica DeBano

thoughts: embrace change gracefully

Sometimes, changes can happen without you even noticing. Read on to see how to handle it with grace. Aww, Friday! Here we are again. Did it seem like this week blew by? Or did it seem to drag? Anybody experience any BIG or little changes? I feel like July is chalk-full of change. Summer months […]

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Jessica DeBano

5 podcasts for the well-balanced twenty something

In my opinion, podcasts are quite simply the next best alternative to streaming music and audio books. I love listening to them during commutes to work, busy airport lines, and during workouts. I find podcasts to be informative, entertaining, and usually, more mentally stimulating than Top 40 Pandora. I love that they are consistently updated, and […]

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Jessica DeBano

July Review: the light we lost

About a girl who couldn’t get over her ex. Bummer. “Some relationships feel like a wildfire-they’re powerful and compelling and majestic and dangerous and have the capability to burn you before you even realize you’ve been consumed…..some relationships feel like a hearth fire-they’re solid and stable and cozy and nourishing.” – Jill Santopolo Synopsis Lucy […]

Book Reviews, Live

Jessica DeBano

thoughts: be your authentic self

It’s Friday!! What a great time to reflect on the week, month, and year we’ve had so far. It’s July 20th, and we are officially half way through 2018! Honestly, these days it seems like years fly by. Friday’s are my favorite day to wrap up loose ends, think about the week I’ve had, and […]

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Jessica DeBano

the art of being left out

Fourth of July in Manley sounded great. A change of scenery and a much needed get away from all the day-t0-day stresses of being 6 months pregnant. My family always has an amazing time down there. We laugh, we eat hot dogs, and we enjoy the comforts of being without cell service. The town square […]

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Jessica DeBano

thoughts: be mindful of you

Alright, today I’m talking about mindfulness. Not mindfulness of staying in the present moment and taking in all the beauty around us (although that’s pretty great, too). I’m talking about being mindful of yourself. Being mindful of your thoughts, your words, and your actions. Just about the only three things we are actually in control of. […]

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Jessica DeBano

the moment I became a mom

I stared at your photo last night. Your dad was beside me watching another conspiracy film on the assassination of JFK. He does that sort of thing. The graphic nature of the film made me queasy. So with my hands covering my face, my attention wandered around the room until something caught my eye. Tucked […]

Motherhood

Jessica DeBano