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Personal By On April 1, 2017

On big life changes

After four years working at a daily newspaper and digital agency in Indiana, Pennsylvania, I ended my corporate life on Friday to begin my next adventure: Starting my own business. I announced the official launch of Hello Social Co. today after more than two years of day-dreaming about working on my own. I’ve seriously never been this excited for anything….

Drinking / Travel By On March 27, 2017

Craft beer festival coming to Indiana, Pa.

If you’ve been keeping up with Life Disconnected, you know that Sean and I LOVE trying visiting new places and trying new beers. Lucky for us, a craft beer festival is planned to be held right in our backyard. OK, full disclosure, the festival is totally being held by our employer, Indiana Printing & Publishing — but the company did…

Travel By On March 18, 2017

Guest Post: Winter reprieve in Charlston, S.C.

This week on Life Disconnected, my mom, Kathy, writes about my parents’ recent trip to Charleston, S.C. My parents get to travel way more than I do! My husband and I took a wonderful 3-day trip to Charleston, S.C., to escape the winter doldrums of Pennsylvania. Although our state is picturesque and quaint, we sometimes need to escape to see…

Lifestyle By On February 13, 2017

What makes a happy home?

I figured out about three years ago how much my environment and surroundings contribute to my own well-being. It was then that I made some major life decisions: I decided to live alone, get a dog and turn my house into a home. Since then, I’ve learned even more about my own habits and what contributes to my happiness. Decorating…

Lifestyle By On February 4, 2017

‘Flower Power’ is a real thing

In the past year, I’ve realized how powerful fresh flowers can be. They’re not only beautiful, but can boost happiness as well. A study published in this articleΒ found that “patients in hospital rooms brightened with flowers and potted plants needed less postoperative pain medication, had lower systolic blood pressure and pulse rates, were less anxious and tired, and generally were…

Dogs / Travel By On January 9, 2017

Roadtripping with dogs: The essentials

Traveling with dogs can be both a wonderful adventure and a pain in the butt at the same time. My two dogs, a black lab/setter mix and a chihuahua mix, travel with me a lot, and it isn’t always easy. Here are some products that I’ve found made trips in the car a little easier. A seat cover I use…