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Discovering my path to decluttering

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Somewhere in the flotsam of my bathroom vanity drawer is a decent pair of tweezers. Somewhere in the deluge of paper bags in my hall closet is a reusable one. Somewhere in my clothes closet is a pair of jeans that still fit.

Crap. It’s time to declutter.

Usually moving…


The Californian’s Dilemma

I’ve been through a Bay Area exodus before

A person taking a photo of a San Francisco street at the top of its hill on a foggy day.
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This week in The Bold Italic, we are publishing The Californian’s Dilemma, a series that goes beyond the headlines about the “California Exodus,” featuring essays from San Franciscans about why they’re choosing to stay or leave. Check back daily for new essays.

I was 11 when I first visited San…


“Mommy, can I play on the iPad?” my daughter calls from the kitchen, where I’m sure her hand is hovering over the device, waiting for my assent.

It’s Saturday morning. My husband left early for a round of golf, and I’m an “okay” away…


I've heard over and over this week the reminder to stop beating myself up, it's such a default way for me to respond, and takes conscious effort for me to notice, pause, and tell myself a new story. Thanks for the reminder, Mike!


For the week of 9/17/2021

As seen on my daily work-from-home-forever walk

“Inner work is hard and there’s nothing wrong with celebrating yourself for progressing in that area,” writes Bernie’s Daughter. If the pandemic has taught me one thing in the past year, it’s that self care is my first priority.

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So excited by Medium's new LISTS feature. Excited to see what you all share!


The last conversation I had with my grandfather was about the weather and cribbage. I shared that it was crisp-cool and surprisingly not foggy in San Francisco in June. Told him I took a good walk with my dog today. He said the weather in Sparks was warm, but not…


Dog walks make nearly everything better.

When I’m faced with uncertainty, doubt, or heaven forbid, a situation I feel ill equipped to handle, my default is to push harder, do more, and try and fill all the gaps in my knowledge at once.

This doesn’t work.

This morning I dropped a 5-week city college class on…

Julie Russell

Board Member of NaNoWriMo nonprofit, member of Alabama Street Writers’ Group, & Engineering Manager at Medium. Opinions are all and always mine.

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