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Month: October 2017

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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Beginning of the Week Fails (and some Successes)

Beginning of the Week Fails (and some Successes)

It’s only Tuesday and I’m already ready for the weekend to get here (although I have experiments running on the weekend so don’t know how much of a break I’m really going to be getting). I haven’t felt that great the last two days and I’m not sure if I’m having some kind of flare up from the GI condition that has been affecting me since the summer or if it’s my allergies or a cold coming on that have…

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Scheduling the Things that Make a Difference in Your Life

Scheduling the Things that Make a Difference in Your Life

I sat on my porch swing writing this morning when I came across a post-it note from late 2015. It had my proposed schedule for the coming year which included dedicated journal time for an hour a day, three days a week. I couldn’t remember the last time I had actually spent that much time in a given week journaling. This year has brought a unique set of challenges and as much as I enjoy writing, it has not been…

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