Category Archives: Life

My Journey with HPV + Why HPV Screenings are SO Important

This post is sponsored by Nurx, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
10 years ago, one little word printed on a piece of paper changed my perspective on my health forever.


Today, I’m grateful to share my story in partnership with Nurx, a company who is doing something major to help more women have easier access to life-saving screenings for HPV (Human Papillomavirus). The timing couldn’t be better, as January marks Cervical Health Awareness Month. While I’m fortunate that my HPV cleared and didn’t lead to cancer, the reality is that some are not so lucky.

My Personal Experience + Journey with HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and Cervical Dysplasia

At some point in their lives, 80% of sexually active men and women will have HPV, and most will not know it. Not all HPV strains lead to cancer, however, each year 34,000 new cases of cervical cancer caused by HPV are diagnosed. Because pap smears are not the only way to check your risk, Nurx’s in-home testing kits offer a safe, convenient, and affordable way to determine your risk for cervical cancer. Those with and without insurance can screen themselves quickly and easily for HPV, and get life-saving treatment sooner.

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10 Things I did Before I Quit My Job To Become a Full Time Blogger

Quitting your job to become a full time blogger sounds really glamorous… that is unless the reason you’re in that position is that your job can’t pay you anymore.

Yep, that’s essentially the position I found myself in last year.

I hesitated writing about the situation I found myself in because it was embarrassing, it was weird, and I wasn’t sure what I should or shouldn’t share. But the fact of the matter is that it happened to me, it’s happened to other people, and what came out of it was probably for the best anyway. It forced me to decide whether or not I wanted to become a full-time freelancer. I had to choose if I wanted my blog business to be just that, or if I wanted to step back, find a new job, and go back to treating my blog more like a hobby that occasionally brings in a little extra spending money.

How to Quit Your Job and Become a Full Time Blogger
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links for products I recommend. That means if you click a link and make a purchase, I may make a small commission. I’m a paying customer of each of the services I recommend and all opinions are my own!

2018 was rough. It challenged me, it forced me to take leaps when I wasn’t necessarily ready for them, and it made me realize that I’m stronger than I give myself credit for. I won’t sugar coat it and pretend that some days my anxiety and stress levels were almost unbearable. Some days, I couldn’t write because I couldn’t get out of my own head about every what if under the sun.

But, fortunately, so far those “what if’s” haven’t materialized and all the time spent thinking about them? A total waste.

But honestly, this post isn’t about what happened to me. What happened to me could happen to anyone, whether you work for a startup like I did or you work for a big company. Employment is never a guarantee, and neither is the income I’m able to make from this blog. I learned that pointing fingers, rehashing the past, and “could have/should have/would haves” weren’t going to change anything.

What I want to share with you is that if you’re sitting around waiting for a sign, for a kick in the pants to do something different, then stop. If you want to be doing something different, do it. Don’t wait for destiny to smack you in the face and set you up with a new host of problems. Take a step, make a move, and just do it.

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5 Reasons to Get Excited About the NEW Sprouts Farmers Market coming to Seattle

Have you heard the news? There’s a new grocery store in town! Yep, Sprouts Farmers Market is here in Seattle, and I for one couldn’t be more excited to have a new healthy and budget-friendly grocery option.

Disclosure: Thanks to Sprouts Farmers Market for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own!

New to the Sprouts family? Me too! I had only heard and seen Sprouts Farmers Market stores when visiting Southern California on vacations. Just shy of 6 months ago, the very first Washington location opened up in Mill Creek, about 30 minutes north of the city. Next month, Sprouts will be welcoming it’s second Washington location in nearby Lynnwood! Located conveniently off Highway 99 at the corner of 196th Street in the Lynnwood Crossroads Shopping Center, residents and commuters can easily access the market for quick stops or for stocking up!

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How to Ring in the New Year with your BFFs

Who says you have to go out to celebrate the new year with friends? I’ve been fortunate to make a lot of amazing new friends this year, and what better way to toast to the holidays and 2019 than to celebrate with them? That’s precisely why I hosted a fun brunch party at home right in time for NYE!

Disclosure: Thanks to Eliza J Dresses, Chelsea Yaley Designs, and Washington State Wine for helping this celebration come to life! All opinions are my own.

When I started Hello Rigby back in 2013, I never imagined how many amazing women I would be introduced to, and what great friends I would end up with. I’m so lucky to call these (and more) amazing women my friends; I was so excited to host them for a holiday brunch… and proceed to take 5 million photos to document the whole thing. What can I say, blogging is a very strange, but also very wonderful, thing.

10 Ways to Celebrate the New Year with Friends

Are friends coming over tomorrow to ring in the new year? Or maybe you’re looking for inspiration (or an excuse!) to have your friends over sometime soon. Either way, I thought it would be fun to share what I planned for my friends, and some inspiration the next time you host a fun get together at home!

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13 Hacks to Save Time this Holiday Season

Holiday season have you feeling stressed? While it may be the most wonderful time of the year, it also is the busiest time of the year! Lines are longer, traffic is worse, and the hustle and bustle can have people feeling a little more on edge than usual. If you’re feeling the time crunch already, then you’ll love these holiday hacks to save you time this holiday season!

 Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Autotrader however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

When it comes to the holidays, I’m fortunate in that most of my family and friends have pretty low expectations. Gone are the days of piles of gifts under the tree or having a huge itinerary of houses we need to visit. Most of our family prefers we just give the gift of time; we spend the holidays with each other at some point during the season and enjoy each other’s company! Despite that, someone still has to host and cook, which typically falls on my shoulders on Christmas morning. I’m not complaining, but the reality is that cooking, cleaning, and prepping can be time-consuming and a bit stressful when it comes to crunch time!

To keep myself sane this holiday, I’ve learned the magic of outsourcing things I don’t like or have time for, and I’ve learned to work smarter, not harder. Read on for my top holiday hacks to get everything done this holiday season while saving on time and not missing out on anything!

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