Emily McKinley

After spending 15 years satiating a deep and hungry wanderlust - moving 21 times in 5 states and 3 countries - Emily has been settling in and putting down roots in St. Paul, and staying very close to home in recent years. What is enough for her usually manifests as thoughtful purchasing, choosing long-term joy over short-term satisfaction, and what is realistically manageable. For example, she lives in a small house and relishes in the fact that it takes 15 minutes to clean it on an average day.

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Parents

Nov 09

Parents

As a parent of an almost 3 year old, I have been inundated with information, advice, and media about how to parent since well before my child was born. We live in a time of obsession about parenting correctness – how to do it right, how to do it well, how to do it best. But I got to thinking recently about how I could google anything about parenting and get a...

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The Other Side of the Coin

Nov 03

The Other Side of the Coin

I take self care very seriously. Self care is not something I personally can postpone, forego, or ignore. Little self-care strategies are always mingling in between the tasks of daily life for me, little snippets here and there, and bigger planned out events always on the horizon. When people tell me they do not have time for self care but wish they did, I often...

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Balancing Introversion

Sep 24

Balancing Introversion

Introversion has gained a lot of media attention lately, and with it, I sense a creeping-in attitude among some to proudly own the fact of introversion. I credit Susan Cain and her well-known Ted Talk for this movement. It’s even a bit trendy to talk about understanding fellow introverts, or, in conversation, boasting one’s own introversion. And I will not complain...

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Born Again Minnesotan

Apr 06

Born Again Minnesotan

When I moved to the Twin Cities in 2007, it was primarily to follow love, secondarily for graduate school, and also because I’d been a little lost at sea and something about it was pulling me toward it. Having been a little lost for some time, I’d begun to claim wandering and unattached as part of just who I was. Upon moving here, I pledged to my beloved...

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Be a Child of the Woods

Mar 10

Be a Child of the Woods

I have no idea how to tell you the best way to go shopping with your toddler. First of all – me, personally – I try not to take my toddler shopping. When I do, I bargain with her from the parking lot: “This is a store. I want you to sit in the cart. If you sit in the cart, we’ll have a dance party on the way home.” So far, this...

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