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Month: July 2017

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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New Week, Fresh Start, Extra Coffee

New Week, Fresh Start, Extra Coffee

It’s the start of a new week and I am feeling a bit better after a very odd weekend of sorts. On Sunday I ended up in the emergency room after having what in all likelihood was some sort of an anxiety attack smack dab in the middle of watching the new Spiderman movie at the theater with my husband. I was completely relaxed and enjoying myself and at one point 40-45 minutes into the movie, just felt my chest…

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Being in the Emotional Space You Need Instead of the One You Want

Being in the Emotional Space You Need Instead of the One You Want

This has been a low key Saturday so far, which was exactly what I needed after the emotional roller coaster that has been this week. My normal routine has gone out the window. I realized today when checking into the coach.me app where I have different goals for the week (eating at home is one of them) that I hadn’t made a home-cooked meal since last Friday or Saturday. Even coffee in the mornings has been a strictly Dunkin Donuts…

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From a Runners High to A Very Low Low

From a Runners High to A Very Low Low

I almost didn’t write this post because I have been really quite depressed for the last two days. On Tuesday after my 5K, my mom called to inform me that my grandmother had been rushed by ambulance to the hospital with nausea and vomiting. A few hours later she called again to say she it appeared that she had pancreatitis and was being admitted for three days since she was in a lot of pain. Fast forward to today and…

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The Unbelievable Joy of Crossing an Item off Your Bucket List

The Unbelievable Joy of Crossing an Item off Your Bucket List

Oh my. I did it. I actually finished my first 5K today. I feel such a sense of accomplishment in doing something that I never thought in a million years I would ever do. It almost doesn’t seem like it was me that did it, although I have the sunburn to prove it. It is just the antithesis of the narrative I had created for my life many years ago. I actually found myself welling up with tears when everyone…

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Independence Day Weekend – I think I’m ready for you

Independence Day Weekend – I think I’m ready for you

Happy July!! I can’t believe the weekend is almost halfway over. It’s really flown by. I’m getting things ready for my annual 4th of July BBQ tomorrow, celebrating a bit early since the holiday is on Tuesday. I went to three grocery stores today, three! I can barely stand to go to one most weeks so this has been quite the adventure. I didn’t really mean to leave everything to the last minute but haven’t had a whole lot of…

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