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I Quit My Corporate Design Job to Flip Houses

Karen Goodman’s Fridays just got waaaay more casual. And dirtier.

Karen Goodman has the job you dream about on weekends… when you’re sucked into your seventh episode of anything on HGTV. Yep, she flips houses. But unlike most flippers, Karen has a background in design and actually gives a crap about how her projects look, not just how much money she’ll make. I talked to this Boston gal about quitting her not-so-fulfilling 9-5 to become a flipper. Here’s her story.

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Two-and-a-half years ago, you were working in the corporate interior design world. What did you do from 9-5? What did your life look and feel like?

I was an interior designer for architecture firms. I worked on a range of projects from healthcare to corporate, but the bottom line was that I sat in a cubicle and stared at a computer for 40 hours a week. I … Read more


How I Quit Living Out My Parents’ Dream

What happens when you realize your dreams differ from what your parents want?

Erica Manami is a bad-ass graphic designer, living out her creative dreams in San Antonio, Texas. She’s always been drawn to creative arts– sewing, drawing, photography, underwater basket weaving. However, her parents (specifically, her dear mom) knew she’d make an amazing doctor. From an early age, she was encouraged to pursue math, science and anything that would land her in a prestigious university. She worked her butt off, got the grades, and over-achieved all the live-long day. On paper? Erica was on the express train to Doctortown. In real life, she was miserable.

Here’s how Erica quit living out someone else’s dream & unearthed her passion.

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You describe yourself the first-born child of a Japanese Tiger mom. What exactly do you mean by that?

By that, I mean a couple of things.

1) Being … Read more

What it's like to get Lasik eye surgery

What it’s like to get Lasik eye surgery

Raise your hand if you like people touching your eyeballs!

And nobody is raises their hand. Because eyeballs are weird and eww-y and don’t anybody touch mine!

My friend Diana told me she’d been considering Lasik eye surgery for years, and finally mustered up the courage to go through with it. Since she’s so hilarious and a great storyteller, I asked her to share what happened. Here’s what it’s like to have lasers pointed at your eyeballs.

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When did you start wearing glasses?

I got glasses when I was about 8. I hated the feeling of them on my face, and I got teased for it. So basically…this was not great for me. I started wearing contacts as soon as my parents would let me, going into high school.

What do you love about glasses? What annoyed you?

I have no love for glasses. My favorite thing … Read more


How I Quit My Chronic Migraines

Migraines? What migraines? Emily Levenson looks pretty darn happy these days.

Feeling sick sucks.

And Emily Levenson knows all about it. For nearly the 60th day in a row, Pittsburgh resident Emily woke up with an excruciating migraine. It was 2008 and she’d seen every doctor you could imagine, each pumping her full of drugs that never seemed to work. Her condition worsened to the point where she’d pretty much do anything to make the headaches stop.

Eventually, she stumbled on a holistic method that promised to get to the bottom of her issues. She was skeptical, but had nothing to lose. The approach not only stopped the headaches and a slew of other debilitating illnesses, but led Emily to a passion-filled career. Here’s her story.

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In 2008, you had what you describe as a health crisis. What was going on? What did your life look and Read more


Why I Quit My Fancy City Life to Live on Vancouver Island

This isn’t Sarah on vacation. This is her real life!

Sometimes it takes a major event to fully step back and reevaluate your life. For Sarah Ramsden, it was a double wallops of bad news: she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and MS in the same week. That’s not even fair, universe! Suddenly, her high-stress design job didn’t seem so awesome. Same goes for her fancy Toronto apartment. So she quit.

These days, she’s living in the sticks and pursuing a career she believes in (and PS is making money doing something she would’ve poo-pooed just a few years ago). She’s never been happier. Here’s her story, in her words.

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In 2011, you had a super-successful career and lived a totally fabulous life in Toronto. What did your life look and feel like?

At the time, I was an Art Director, and Creative Director working … Read more