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RADVENT: December 7 — Playing

December 7

What were your favorite games as a child? What did you like to do with your classmates or the neighborhood kids? How did that affect the person you grew to become?

I’m pretty sure that my sister and I were the most active children ever. That’s probably why we were the only kids who actually napped during nap time (which seriously concerned our teachers). I just loved to play outside. Whether it was climbing trees, building forts, playing house or just running around pretending to be power rangers. I had a vivid imagination.

Hiking around Yosemite with the family

I don’t know what games we specifically played, but we loved going on adventures or pretending that our parents died in a plane crash and us kids had to survive in the wilderness. Of course this involved running around the hills/forests/parks/lakes that surrounded us.
Whitewater rafting -- We hit a huge rapid and fell out.

Our favorite place to play was the dirtiest, most disgusting, smelly swamp behind my friend Myeron’s house. We loved it because it was deep in a valley behind his house, and surrounded by a lush forest. Getting there was an adventure on its own. But because it was so secluded we could be as loud and ridiculous as we wanted. We dubbed this utopia “crap river.”

Even as an adult my appetite for adventure still rages on. I absolutely LOVE traveling, love being outdoors, experiencing new things, going new places and being generally silly. The only thing that’s really changed is the time I am able to do these things.

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RADVENT: December Four — Forgiveness


It’s hard to come out of a place of resentment, and it takes practice (just like everything). Practice forgiving about small, everyday things. You can always non-forgive later. Who and what are you ready to let go of resentment toward?

This one is kind of hard for me. I think it’s almost impossible for me to hate someone. I’m not just saying that either. I’m very quick to forgive and I don’t hold grudges, even when people really screw me over. Continue reading “RADVENT: December Four — Forgiveness”

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RADVENT: December Three — Writing

I skipped day two.


Write a letter of love to yourself to read in one year.

Dear Coco,

Let’s just get this out of the way, I love you… at least I do most of the time. (You know I’ve never been very good with commitment.) Please stop being so hard on yourself. You’re a good person, you work hard, you have goals and you’re going somewhere. Continue reading “RADVENT: December Three — Writing”

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RADVENT: December One — Remembering

Well, it’s been a while. Thanks to a combination of being way to freakin’ busy plus the worst writer’s block evar I’ve taken an unexpected hiatus. But now I’m ready to jump on the bandwagon and embark on Princess Lastertron’s Radvent Project. (I’m a little behind, please excuse while I catch up.)


What were you doing five years ago today? As the holiday season began? Where were you? Who were you with? What did you want? What did you have?

Woah boy, where do I begin? In 2005 I was seventeen and about half-way through my senior year of high school. I was literally having the time of my life.

Keegan and I catching snowflakes in Waupaca, WI.
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