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Quitters: How Quitting Alcohol Made Me Better at Everything

Quitters: How Quitting Alcohol Made Me Better at Everything

Jina Schaefer looks like the picture of perfect heath. She runs marathons. She meditates. Gluten? Psssht, she doesn’t eat that. However, this lifestyle she leads was earned, decision by decision, small step by small step. And what’s especially great is that she’s super normal and relatable and not holier-than-thou about it, which hardly ever happens. 

A year ago, she decided to give up the booze, not because she needed to, but because she just wanted to. What happened next surprised her. We discuss the culture of alcohol, what it’s like to be the “sober friend” and why she’s not planning on drinking ever again.

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Let’s get down to business: What did you quit & why?

Alcohol. I felt like I needed alcohol to get through the holidays. Instead, I decided to try and give it up for 100 days through the holiday season in 2013. I knew … Read more

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How to build a practical, minimalist kitchen

How to build a practical, minimalist kitchen

When it comes to assembling a kitchen, it’s easy to spin out of control. From elaborate mango cutters to guacamole bowls, there’s a kitchen gadget for everything. Here’s the thing: unless you live in a McMansion with a sprawling kitchen, you do not have room for every gadget and gizmo shilled out on late night tv.

I have a teeny, tiny kitchen and I cook a lot– at least once a day. But when it comes to tools, I like to keep it simple.

Here are the things I use nearly every day in my kitchen.

They’re awesome and would all make great additions to any kitchen, gourmet chefs or college students alike.

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Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Five-ish years ago, I had something major to celebrate: I delivered a completed manuscript to Random House. I wanted to celebrate, and because I had a little … Read more

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