The Do What’s Best for You Holiday Tradition

The Do What’s Best for You Holiday Tradition

I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of Thanksgiving tomorrow but not for the reason you might think. While many of my friends have already departed for their relative’s homes across the country, I’m steadfastly holding down the lab, in the middle of an experiment. Instead of drumsticks and pumpkin pie with extra whipped cream, I’ll be pouring over cells. What rotten luck you might be saying to yourself right about now, but in fact, I’m not bothered by this turn of…

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The Secret Ingredient? Vitamin D

The Secret Ingredient? Vitamin D

It’s now been over a week since Daylight Savings Time ended and I’m still not entirely adjusting. Even though there’s ample time in the morning to get plenty of sunshine, more often than not I find myself sleeping until the very last second possible. As a result, the majority of the sun I’m getting is through my car windows in the morning on my drive in to work. This wouldn’t be a huge deal except it turns out that one…

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“Different not Lower” A Powerful Lesson in Perfectionism

“Different not Lower” A Powerful Lesson in Perfectionism

As a self-proclaimed overachiever and recovering perfectionist, I thrive on order. I didn’t really know why waking up to a clean kitchen sink was the equivalent of getting high. Every day the small things around me have a way of building up to make a huge difference to my overall mood and happiness with life. While this kind of perspective certainly has its benefits (I can say with confidence I have never forgotten to turn in an assignment), it is…

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The Secret Life of Fun Size Happiness

The Secret Life of Fun Size Happiness

Anyone who knows me would probably say I am a fairly frugal person. This is especially true when it comes to me. I am more than happy to spend on my family and friends (ask my husband with received a top of the line guitar as a birthday present). For me, it’s a little more complicated. I grew up with parents who would take my sister and I out to McDonald’s and would never order anything for themselves. Sharing was…

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What You Need vs. What You Want

What You Need vs. What You Want

I’ve been thinking about this phrase a lot lately as I find myself into November not quite feeling the way I was expecting to feel. I am still dealing with my health issues, going on four months now which is definitely completely unexpected. What appeared to be a small hiccup in my otherwise pleasant existence has morphed into something completely different. I’m not the same person I was four months ago as my health issues have forced me to really…

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My New Secret Weapon in the Battle for an Earlier Bedtime

My New Secret Weapon in the Battle for an Earlier Bedtime

For the last few weeks, with the exception of weekends I have been waking up pretty consistently between 7 and 8am. Whether it’s because of an early morning meeting or lately doctor’s appointments, each weekday I seem to be rising a little bit earlier. As I’ve gotten older it’s less traumatizing to wake up early but I’m still not quite able to get to bed at the time I would like to get the 8-9 hours I need to be…

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The Week’s Highs and Lows

The Week’s Highs and Lows

I wasn’t sure I was going to feel up to writing anything this entire week. It’s been rather stressful since my health issues started cropping up again. I began the week in the hospitals digestive health department  for my two month follow-up. While I was improving steadily for about a month, the last three weeks have been riddled with setbacks and unfortunately my doctor has more questions than answers at this point which is beyond stressful. I’m due back early…

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The Subtle Yet Effective Way to Practice Mindfulness

The Subtle Yet Effective Way to Practice Mindfulness

I can’t quite recall when I first heard the term mindfulness. While now it is definitely a buzzword, I was practicing some version of it as young as seven or eight years old. Even though I have read many articles over the years about mindfulness and the myriad of ways that it can be practiced, at its most basic level it’s about being fully present in whatever moment you find yourself in. It’s isn’t always easy to do this. Even…

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The Lunch Time Strategy Keeping my Sanity Intact

The Lunch Time Strategy Keeping my Sanity Intact

I’m not proud to admit that I spent the first three years of grad school eating lunch at my desk. I’m not alone. A recent Gallup poll showed that 67% of office workers eat ‘al desko’ and until recently, I was definitely among them. This has changed since the fall semester started and I don’t think I would go back. I made a conscious decision at the beginning of this school year to step away from my computer at least…

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What to do When Work-Life Balance Shifts in Favor of Work

What to do When Work-Life Balance Shifts in Favor of Work

I’m solidly in my sixth full day of work and won’t have a day off for another six days. It’s been fun. The fall season tends to be the busiest time of the year and so far it’s been true to form. Even though I do my utmost to maintain a healthy work-life balance, it’s inevitable for the pendulum to swing and stay in one direction for far longer than I would like. This obviously isn’t a problem when it’s…

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