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Month: November 2017

The Do What’s Best for You Holiday Tradition

The Do What’s Best for You Holiday Tradition

I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of Thanksgiving tomorrow but not for the reason you might think. While many of my friends have already departed for their relative’s homes across the country, I’m steadfastly holding down the lab, in the middle of an experiment. Instead of drumsticks and pumpkin pie with extra whipped cream, I’ll be pouring over cells. What rotten luck you might be saying to yourself right about now, but in fact, I’m not bothered by this turn of…

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The Secret Ingredient? Vitamin D

The Secret Ingredient? Vitamin D

It’s now been over a week since Daylight Savings Time ended and I’m still not entirely adjusting. Even though there’s ample time in the morning to get plenty of sunshine, more often than not I find myself sleeping until the very last second possible. As a result, the majority of the sun I’m getting is through my car windows in the morning on my drive in to work. This wouldn’t be a huge deal except it turns out that one…

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“Different not Lower” A Powerful Lesson in Perfectionism

“Different not Lower” A Powerful Lesson in Perfectionism

As a self-proclaimed overachiever and recovering perfectionist, I thrive on order. I didn’t really know why waking up to a clean kitchen sink was the equivalent of getting high. Every day the small things around me have a way of building up to make a huge difference to my overall mood and happiness with life. While this kind of perspective certainly has its benefits (I can say with confidence I have never forgotten to turn in an assignment), it is…

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The Secret Life of Fun Size Happiness

The Secret Life of Fun Size Happiness

Anyone who knows me would probably say I am a fairly frugal person. This is especially true when it comes to me. I am more than happy to spend on my family and friends (ask my husband with received a top of the line guitar as a birthday present). For me, it’s a little more complicated. I grew up with parents who would take my sister and I out to McDonald’s and would never order anything for themselves. Sharing was…

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What You Need vs. What You Want

What You Need vs. What You Want

I’ve been thinking about this phrase a lot lately as I find myself into November not quite feeling the way I was expecting to feel. I am still dealing with my health issues, going on four months now which is definitely completely unexpected. What appeared to be a small hiccup in my otherwise pleasant existence has morphed into something completely different. I’m not the same person I was four months ago as my health issues have forced me to really…

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