Sleep and the Great Calming Force

Sleep and the Great Calming Force

I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason. Since I have been dealing with health issues for the last month and a half or so, a lot of my every day habits have come under more intense scrutiny as I work towards healing and feeling like my normal self. One of these habits has been my tendency to shrug off sleep in favor of staying up late. I’ve written before how it has never been easy to call it…

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Hope Among the Fall School Supplies

Hope Among the Fall School Supplies

I can hardly believe that it’s already mid-August. This summer has gone by so quickly at times and other times it has been agonizingly slow. As I walked out of work today, I noticed the first leaves changing color, and whether I’m ready or not the fall (and fall semester) is coming. The beginning of the fall semester is actually one of my absolute favorite times of the year. I don’t know if it’s because I have been in school…

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The Ultimate Key for Starting Your Week on the Bright Side

The Ultimate Key for Starting Your Week on the Bright Side

Since this has been a week filled with medical appointments (I have one more bright and early tomorrow), I am very much looking forward to the blank slate that next week will bring. Mondays usually get a pretty bad rap, but it’s all about how you approach them. I wrote earlier this year about how Mondays all of a sudden become much more tolerable and dare I say enjoyable if you make self care a priority. Here are those top…

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What a Health Crisis Taught Me about Saying “No”

What a Health Crisis Taught Me about Saying “No”

It’s now just a little under a month since I had my first trip to the emergency room in years for shortness of breath and chest pain. While I’m back at work, I am most decidedly still not feeling like myself most of the time. I am dealing with many of the symptoms that took me to the emergency room on a daily basis, and although some of the fear has lessened, it has been replaced by an exhaustion that…

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How to Lock Down Your Own Goals in the Face of Endless Responsibilities

How to Lock Down Your Own Goals in the Face of Endless Responsibilities

I’ve shared before that I joined a group coaching site, coach.me a few weeks ago. A common misconception that I get from people who know I write about balanced living is that I must have everything figured out. I have been called ‘perfect’ before but I am very much a work in a progress, hence why I joined the coaching platform. On the site, I am working towards many goals, particularly related to self-care, such as journaling and reading more…

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The 30 Minute Partner Chore Challenge

The 30 Minute Partner Chore Challenge

Note: This is Part III in Husband’s POV Series: Support Your Spouse for Better Balance Together.  Check out Part I and Part II. My wife and I lead pretty busy lives. I’ve a full-time job that requires a lot of physical activity that leaves me quite drained. At home I have a garden to attend, a lawn to mow, gutters to clean and various other duties that simply cannot be ignored. Most of it is outdoors, though there are a…

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The Intricate Connection between Materialism and Balanced Living

The Intricate Connection between Materialism and Balanced Living

If you ask anyone that knows me really well, they will likely tell you that I am one of the hardest people to shop for. My own husband bemoans every single birthday, anniversary and holiday season about all the time he spends trying to come up with a present that I won’t immediately want to take back. While I am extremely grateful for the gesture behind every single present, the reality is that there are few, if any things I…

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Three F’s: Fear, Family and Fitbits

Three F’s: Fear, Family and Fitbits

After a week long hiatus as a part of recovering from my anxiety attack(s), I am easing into my regular life. I am tentatively starting to feel much more like myself, and I am doing my best to maintain an optimistic attitude as I get back into the swing of things. It isn’t exactly easy though. Although I am extremely grateful for possessing a fairly sunny disposition overall, there is fear in my mind unlike any I have experienced before….

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A Simple Proactive Approach for Your Most Restful Weekend

A Simple Proactive Approach for Your Most Restful Weekend

I can hardly believe it’s already Wednesday and since I’m in a self-care state of mind, I’m sharing my top tips for creating restful weekends, which originally appeared on The Essential Life. I can’t count how many times I have woken up on a Saturday morning completely intent on relaxing and truly taking the day off only to find myself a couple of hours later looking back and realizing I spent most of the day doing mundane chores or listlessly…

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It’s Not a Vacation When You’re Sick

It’s Not a Vacation When You’re Sick

And the fun continues. Yesterday I spent a good portion of the day first at the health center of my university where I was having some chest pressure and difficulty taking in deep breaths. I cancelled all my experiments that were planned for the afternoon and after being prescribed an acid-reflux drug, I still wasn’t feeling my best but walked back to my lab and sat back at my desk trying to employ some deep breathing/meditation techniques to avoid a…

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