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The Post Vacation January Work Life Struggle

The Post Vacation January Work Life Struggle

It’s officially my last day of winter vacation. Tomorrow, I’ll be back in the lab bright and early, ready to start the spring semester, albeit about two weeks early. There’s definitely a bittersweet quality to saying goodbye to unscheduled days and afternoon naps. I’m particularly going to miss waking up and having my husband home and drinking our coffee together without needing to be anywhere. Even though there is a part of me that is looking forward to being back…

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How to Smash through New Year’s Resolution Barriers for Success All Year Long

How to Smash through New Year’s Resolution Barriers for Success All Year Long

Spend any time on the internet in late December and you’re bound to find articles on New Year’s resolutions and how to make 2018 the best year yet. I’m all for optimism and cheer around New Year’s, especially since research has shown just how powerful January 1 can be. I’ve written before about how you shouldn’t wait until New Year’s to kick start your resolutions. Thinking beyond resolutions though is what is on my mind. I unabashedly admit that I…

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Self Care Saturdays are What Dreams are Made of

Self Care Saturdays are What Dreams are Made of

As of 5pm yesterday, I am officially on Christmas vacation. It almost felt like this day would never arrive. The only thing on my mind right now is some much needed self-care after a very challenging couple of months. With that in mind, my first full vacation day was a smashing success. I woke up this morning plenty early due to some insomnia. I didn’t let my earlier than usual morning bring me down though. Why not? There was a…

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How to Switch from Survival to Serenity this Holiday Season

How to Switch from Survival to Serenity this Holiday Season

I’m officially done with my teaching duties for the semester. I spent four hours this morning proctoring my students final exam. With teaching over for a few weeks, and only another week of lab before going on holiday, I’ve been preparing to celebrate Christmas. This week I mailed our holiday cards, and the tree is completely trimmed. My display of collectible holiday houses is up, and we even have lights on our front porch this year. The only thing left…

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How to Avoid Balanced Living Fails

How to Avoid Balanced Living Fails

Balanced living takes work, even if you’re committed to living a simpler, self-care focused life. I’m reminded of an article I shared earlier this year from Brigid Schulte about how even work-life balance experts are awful at balancing work and life. I wouldn’t quite put myself in that category, but I definitely have my share of fails. Tuesday night was one. My husband was working late, so when I got home from work I had the entire house to myself….

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How to Do Deep Work When You’re Incredibly Busy

How to Do Deep Work When You’re Incredibly Busy

“Deep work is a luxury not all of us can afford” is what a colleague recently mentioned in passing when I suggested he hunker down to finish a manuscript. His thinking, like a lot of people, is that with everything on their plate, finding one let alone two hours in a day for focusing on a single task is next to impossible. This presents a false dichotomy. Too busy to engage in meaningful, focused work while at the same time…

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Exercise: The Ultimate Self Care Tool

Exercise: The Ultimate Self Care Tool

After a much needed Thanksgiving break filled with Netflix binge watching and late mornings, I am officially back at work. Only a few more weeks left in the semester, and with a New Year just around the corner, I feel like a new me is just waiting to emerge. I have this fantasy of waking up on New Year’s Day and having all my current health issues evaporate. That is definitely my New Year’s resolution, wish, dream, whatever you want…

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Why Eating the Frog is Not Always the Best Productivity Strategy and What to Do Instead

Why Eating the Frog is Not Always the Best Productivity Strategy and What to Do Instead

Please note: This post originally appeared on Addicted2Success If you spend any length of time reading productivity articles, you will eventually come across the concept of accomplishing your hardest task first in the course of your day, otherwise known as ‘eating the frog’. The idea is that it is best to tackle the more difficult projects when you are fresh and have plenty of willpower, before the day runs away from you. Plenty of articles list the benefits of eating…

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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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