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Animal lover, numbers nerd, CPA. Writing on various topics including animals, personal growth, soul searching, entrepreneur journey, and some comedic relief.

Hold on to your seats folks, I am pretty exciting (sarcasm)

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I chose this photo just as a placeholder until I found a photo of myself. They are few and far between as I have never understood the selfie craze, and I avoid cameras whenever possible. Then I wrote the subtitle a few days later — “hold on to your seat folks,” not even realizing this cat is holding on to his seat! I took that as a sign and also wanted to share because I found it to be such a crazy coincidence. So, I hope some of you are out there saying, “Whoa, that’s so weird!”

I was able…


I thought I was in Bloomingdale’s, not a cannabis dispensary

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I don’t usually fall for marketing tactics. At least, I don’t think I do. I’d like to believe I am more self-aware to know when someone is trying to trick my brain into thinking I need something.

Although, it could just be that I am cheap.

Well, I fell for it yesterday. I didn’t even recognize that I had been “tricked” until hours after leaving the cannabis dispensary. Come to think of it; I realized it once I was deep in thought after consuming one of the products they convinced me to buy.

I mean, there was a freaking piano…


Anecdote | Humor

The cat’s out of the bag

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Harley’s pupils darted back and forth. It was almost like her brain was vibrating. She stared out the window, but I could tell she wasn’t really looking at anything. It was like when someone stares off into space, lost in a daydream.

I tried to snap her out of it, but she was completely oblivious to me. I called her name and waved my hand in front of her face, trying to elicit some sort of response.

Nothing.

My attempts at snapping her back into reality went unnoticed by her. She continued to drift away to some other galaxy.

It…


The clock is ticking louder every day.

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A few years ago, I asked my parents if they thought I would make a good mother. My mom said, “Sometimes.”

My dad was a little more forgiving and casually said, “yeah,” in a less than convincing way.

Not exactly raving recommendations.

I can’t decide if I want kids.

You may be thinking that Mother Nature has already made that decision for me. They don’t call it a “geriatric pregnancy” for nothing. Yes, that is what they call it when you are 35 or older and pregnant— geriatric! When I hear this term, I think of drinking Ensure and playing Bingo at the senior home, not being…


Animal Advocacy | Perspective

They’re family too

Photo by Author (Hog aka “Hogman”)

When my cat died a month ago, I was totally devastated — and still am.

He was essentially my child.

When I would pick him up, he would literally grab on to me just like a toddler would, sucking on my shoulder and leaving a huge drool mark. I could walk miles with him just clinging on to me like that.

After his passing, to say I was heart-broken doesn’t even begin to explain it. I didn’t leave my bed or couch for a week. I cried until I ran out of tears and my heart ached.

I still feel…


It’s not Ghandi, Warren Buffett, or Dr. Phil. One might surprise you.

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There are a million fitness gurus you can look to for inspiration and knowledge when it comes to physical health. Some know what they are talking about, and some don’t. But, when it comes to the other aspects of your life, which are just as important, it can be harder to find a good role model.

That’s why I put this list together of my favorite people that I go to for inspiration in the areas of my life that don’t involve counting calories or lifting weights.

One might surprise you, maybe you have never heard of one, and you…


The reason why Norway’s recidivism rate is only 20 percent

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You are shackled up, chained up next to each other. You get off of a bus or a van, and you’re yelled at. You’re stripped naked. It’s so dehumanizing.

This is how former American inmate, Jessica Kent, describes her experience upon arriving at a prison in the United States.

It’s a stark contrast to the welcoming handshake that criminals receive in Norway. While a handshake seems small, its impacts go far beyond the physical gesture.

If you treat them like an animal, they will act like an animal

Kent, who spent years in prisons in both New York and Arkansas on drug offenses, has a YouTube channel that gives people insight into prison…


Great things can happen when good people have money

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From the time I was a little girl, I always had a fascination with numbers and money. When my dad took me to the grocery store, I used to plug my ears and try to calculate the change before the cash register could.

For you youngsters, people used to pay with physical cash instead of swiping a piece of plastic. The next generation probably won’t even know what the dollar bill looks like!

My partner says that I am obsessed with money. And he hasn’t even seen my spreadsheets! …


Is it possible to help someone with a life sentence?

Photo by Zack Minor on Unsplash (Note: Due to my friend’s love of animals and work with non-profit organizations, earnings from this story will be donated to a local animal organization)

I haven’t put an exact “limit” on the time frame I feel it doesn’t matter because nothing I do will help. But a sentence of ten years or less felt somewhat manageable — like there was some hope of coming out and still being able to find some happiness with the rest of her life.

Is it wrong that I almost feel like it’s pointless to try to help her if she gets served a life sentence?

If it was ten years, I could send her books that might offer some inspiration or peace. I could write letters that she…


This is one time you shouldn’t listen to your grandmother

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Have you ever discreetly tried to undo your jeans because a button might go flying and poke someone’s eye out if you don’t?

Hopefully, that’s not just me.

I am sure you have at least said, “I’m stuffed,” or “Oh my god, I am going to explode,” on more than one occasion.

It’s hard to stop eating when you still have food on your plate or when that dessert looks so incredibly tempting. But is it worth it to feel uncomfortable after you have “stuffed” yourself?

After all, the goal of eating is to feel better, not worse.

Rephrase the question

When you…

Harley Jane

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