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Month: April 2017

The Completely Unexpected Benefit of an Unscheduled Weekend

The Completely Unexpected Benefit of an Unscheduled Weekend

Sunday is coming to a close, and I can truly say that this weekend has been a smashing success. Absolutely perfect, couldn’t have asked for anything better. Why you ask? Well, I did absolutely nothing. It was as rare as finding a Starbucks store that wasn’t out of stock of the infamous Unicorn Frappucino. Might have even been as rare as an actual unicorn. By a sheer confluence of factors, I have found myself for the first time in quite…

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Why There Is Such a Thing as Good ‘Busy’

Why There Is Such a Thing as Good ‘Busy’

I don’t know if anyone else noticed but this week the news feeds have been teeming with articles on busyness as the new ‘it’ status symbol. I have shared a few of the articles on my Twitter page and it appears that most of the hubbub is related to a paper that recently came out that analyzed American’s association of busyness with higher status individuals. It’s a pretty interesting paper, although I must admit I did not find the findings…

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How to Salvage Even the Worst Workday

How to Salvage Even the Worst Workday

Today I didn’t end up having lunch until 6:15 or so in the evening, and when I did, it was from a Taco Bell drive-thru which I’m definitely not proud of. By the time I made the decision to stop off at the first fast food place I could find after leaving work, I had spent close to eight hours in a mad rush from one activity to the other. The entire day was fragmented from start to finish in…

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How To Transform From Occasional Exerciser To Fitness Enthusiast

How To Transform From Occasional Exerciser To Fitness Enthusiast

Another season of life has arrived with the rise of warm spring weather, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. One of those activities is this weekend annual Illinois Marathon which for a few days overtakes the city streets, throngs of runners hoping to qualify for other marathons, while others cheer from the sidelines. This event always sneaks up on me, but once it is here, you can’t miss it (not just because of all the closed road signs everywhere)….

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Breakfast in America – A Lesson in Supporting an Overachieving Spouse

Breakfast in America – A Lesson in Supporting an Overachieving Spouse

Read on for guest post from my loving and supportive husband. As the husband of a rather industrious and high achieving wife I have found that some of the best ways to offer support is with simple gestures. Simple things, in this case, really do mean a lot; they can make a huge difference in how your relationship thrives. When I go to the store and get groceries — a rarity for me — I try to make certain I get something just for…

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Full and Joyful Not Hectic and Stressful. Repeat as Often as Needed.

Full and Joyful Not Hectic and Stressful. Repeat as Often as Needed.

It is fairly late at night and I am writing this from the lab. I came in a couple of hours ago to finish up an experiment that has been taking place all week. It is not particularly thrilling to be spending my evening among test tubes and cells, but it is also not terrible either. I could choose to view it in a less favorable way; life after all is all about the inner narrative that we make up…

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Finding Flow in the Most Unexpected Places

Finding Flow in the Most Unexpected Places

I received a text from my head softball coach on Wednesday asking me if I was available to play as a substitute for another team on Thursday night. Without even thinking about it I agreed, and there I was yesterday heading down to the ball park in the early evening. If you have been keeping up with my new softball adventure, you will remember that I have been ambivalent about the value of taking on another activity into my already…

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For a New Experience, Turn Left

For a New Experience, Turn Left

A new week is firmly underway, and I am only now beginning to feel somewhat awake for it. If you were following my adventures last week, I signed up to take part in a spring softball league. My first game was this past Sunday and it really brought about a roller coaster of emotions leading up to the game, and even after. The good news is that I don’t completely suck. I managed to hit the ball both times it…

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“This Pace is Relentless”

“This Pace is Relentless”

If I were to have a mantra, it would be the phrase above. All day long, as I moved from one activity to the other, I found myself repeating those four little words. Every time that mental image popped up, it was as if an annoying little gnat was following me around, one that I couldn’t quite smack regardless of how hard I tried. Today has been more full than usual. I woke up earlier than I do most Saturdays…

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Nerves and Excitement

Nerves and Excitement

It’s now Wednesday and I am less than four days away from making my competitive softball debut. I’m still feeling rather ambivalent about taking yet another activity in my already full life. It’s kind of amusing how the timing really plays a big role in deciding whether something is going to work or not. I recall having a conversation with a friend of mine this past weekend about setting up a time every week to play badminton. I sort of…

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