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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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How You Hold the Power to Stop the Busyness Epidemic

How You Hold the Power to Stop the Busyness Epidemic

I am an unabashed lover of all things leisure and relaxation. Good books, sitting on my porch swing journaling, and naps, glorious naps. I can never get enough of those. I also teach part-time, work in a research lab at a top university getting my PhD, run a household with my husband, take care of my fur babies, and write this blog and other articles on work-life balance for various publications. I’m busy, very busy. Just like you. But if…

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Checking Off the Autumn Fun

Checking Off the Autumn Fun

I’m happy to report that my Falltastic Fun List has officially had the very first item checked off. This Sunday, my husband and I went to an apple orchard and enjoyed an afternoon filled with autumn festivities. We started off by taking in the scenery. It was a bit warmer this past weekend, so that was about the only non-Fall feel about the afternoon. The orchard is a bonefide family fun zone, with a petting zoo, pony rides, mini-golf and…

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My Autumn Fun List

My Autumn Fun List

It’s officially the start of my favorite season of the year, fall! There’s a certain dreamy quality in the air as the leaves start changing colors and inevitably make their final descent before the harsh winter winds strip the branches for good. Autumn marks the beginning of so many wonderful holidays, and if there is one thing I enjoy, it is the anticipation of a great Turkey feast on Thanksgiving, wrapping presents and trimming a Christmas tree. I want to…

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How a Simple Puzzle Can Lead to a Better Relationship

How a Simple Puzzle Can Lead to a Better Relationship

Note: This is Part IV in Husband’s POV series: Support Your Spouse for Better Balance Together. Read Part I, Part II and Part III. Recently, my wife brought home a small puzzle. It was about a hundred pieces in all, rather small and not terribly easy. She got it, initially, to ease some of the stress she was feeling due to a medical condition that led to panic attacks that has since been fairly alleviated. On that day, I came…

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