An Unexpected Thing Happened on the Way to Growing My Side Hustle

An Unexpected Thing Happened on the Way to Growing My Side Hustle

A lot of people are surprised when I tell them that I rarely watch TV. Sometimes they look at me as if I were some alien that didn’t quite know how things worked on this planet and even my own mother once proclaimed that it was just weird. No, I am not a Luddite and I do own a TV, I can see it out of the corner of my eye in my living room as I type this right…

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All Successful Morning Routines Have This in Common

All Successful Morning Routines Have This in Common

This has been a tough week. When you combine a lack of high quality sleep with some persistent neck and lower back pain you have a recipe for an extra difficult time getting around to doing just about anything. I couldn’t help but feel that I was missing something though to try and improve my situation but in my sleep-deprived state coming up with any kind of insight has been somewhat of a challenge; that is until yesterday morning. I…

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How To Change Your Approach to Work-Life Balance For the Better

How To Change Your Approach to Work-Life Balance For the Better

If you knew that there was something so utterly simple you could begin to do start changing the conversation about work-life balance and let’s face it, the lack thereof, would you? I didn’t expect to have this mini epiphany today but it struck me as I finished having a brief chat with a colleague I ran into  at work. She asked me how I was enjoying the start of summer break and my immediate response was how much more I…

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Turns Out I Might Be a Runner After All

Turns Out I Might Be a Runner After All

It’s Sunday night, and today marks the second week in a row that I actually did all of my planned training runs for the 5K I signed up for in July. I was a little worried there for a bit this afternoon because I have been having some neck pain and I have been somewhat out of it today, but I leashed up my dogs, and we headed out to a trail a couple blocks away from my house. It…

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The Best Productivity Advice You Won’t Find in a Book

The Best Productivity Advice You Won’t Find in a Book

Productivity, a buzz word that describes the collective attempts of human workers to get stuff done while minimizing the urge to watch dogs doing funny things on YouTube. I read, write and consume so many articles on a daily, weekly basis on the subject that sometimes the sheer number of tips that exist on maximizing efficiency is overwhelming. What’s interesting is that a lot of what’s out there that’s supposed to help you become a more productive person is actually…

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Reflections on the Eve of the Last Half of my Twenties

Reflections on the Eve of the Last Half of my Twenties

I have a birthday coming up next month. Whenever the idea of celebrating the very last entry into the decade that has been my twenties, I start feeling a bit depressed. Regardless of how many times one reads on a magazine cover that 30 is the new 20; the idea that I am edging closer to middle age and all that accompanies it, is just not great (something our youth obsessed culture, magazines included, help to perpetuate). I got to…

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How Blogging is Ruining My Life

How Blogging is Ruining My Life

After writing the post earlier this week about my writing journey since coming up with the idea of starting my own blog; I got to thinking more deeply about the true reality of what a creative pursuit like having a blog and publishing articles means for my life. It has been extremely personally rewarding to share my work with a wider audience but nonetheless earlier this week I was feeling pretty overwhelmed with trying to submit new articles, editing more…

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The Good, the Bad and the Completely Unexpected Writing Journey

The Good, the Bad and the Completely Unexpected Writing Journey

This month marks a little over a year since the idea came to me for starting my own blog. During a very intense period of journaling, following my depression and burnout, I would find myself writing the types of articles I share on here now. I was inspired to move beyond my little Barnes and Noble 5’’x 7’’ notebook and start sharing my thoughts on productivity, time-management, and balanced living as I knew I couldn’t be the only one whose…

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3 Ways to Stress-Proof Your Next Flight

3 Ways to Stress-Proof Your Next Flight

Recently I read an article about the top 7 gadgets you need to travel like a pro and arrive at your destination completely rested and ready to go. I love the idea of arriving at an airport after a long flight the way you see celebrities arriving, without a hair out of place, and in towering heels to boot. Maybe if I bought the BOSE noise-canceling headphones for over $200, or the Retimer glasses which will gradually change the amount…

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How to Plan for Your Future Self to Have Fun

How to Plan for Your Future Self to Have Fun

The end of the semester is near and while I am completely done with taking classes as a part of my program, it still feels like I am close to breathing a huge sigh of release. I may not have to take any finals or write any papers but the pace of the academic year can be quite grueling nonetheless; especially when you’re physically working in a lab full-time. With a bit more mental wriggle room, I have started to…

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