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Melissa Assalone
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For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship. created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. -Ephesians 2:8-10
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship. created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. -Ephesians 2:8-10

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Traveling is adventurous. It is letting go of control and living life in unexpected ways. Traveling is portrayed as glamorous, as something that many crave but few get to do. I have always had the dream to travel nonstop, to continually be moving from…

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How do you celebrate the start of another summer?   I spent my first real summer weekend, enjoying the sunshine, and pretending I am adventurous by reading Divergent and Travel and Leisure magazine.  There is nothing better than having the opportunity to…

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While taking a few precious moments of vacationing yesterday, I found this amazing post by Amy Azzarito, a blogger over at Design*Sponge.  She reflects on taking one month to not by “things”.  One whole month, that seems easy right?? I am excited to…

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Does sitting somewhere, near people who are artsy, listing to the greatest playlist translate into me becoming more artsy the longer I sit here? Richmond is full of the artsy-type, the people who I wish I was, but can never be because, I cannot draw, or…

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It has been raining for a good 24+ hours straight in Richmond, and in much of the southeast as well.  The rain is much needed to wash the heavy yellow pollen that has covered this part of the world, but while the rain is needed, it also has made me crave…

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How many things do we have to be thankful for? I have heard that question over and over, but I often brush it off.  I pretend that I am aware of the things I am thankful for, but in reality I take so much for granted! Don’t take things for granted.  Don’t…

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After stumbling through a new blog, I am dreaming of heading to Calpe, Spain on this back to work Monday.  For those of you who are interested, my favorite color is blue and therefore I am intrigued by any place in the world where blue is seen sprinkled…

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I took the day off of blogging yesterday.  At first it was unintentional, life got busy.  Papers needed writing, and editing, and more writing.  Classes needed attending.  Organization and coordination needed attention.  I was a ball of stress yesterday…

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I had a really interesting conversation with a coworker last night.  We talked about perceptions and how humans naturally desire to change in regards to how others perceive us.  This change may be unconscious or conscious and good or bad, but it happens…

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Hiking in chacos should be prohibited on Old Rag Mountain.  (Chacos are sandals, but are “heavy duty sandals” that look like this). For the majority of the ascent to the summit, chacos proved to be adequate footwear, however, upon reaching the first…
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