• One of my goals is to eat healthier in 2019.
    Personal Experience

    My Goals for 2019 and How I Will Achieve Them

    I don’t believe in New Years resolutions. They only stick around for a few weeks and they never become habits. Instead, I like to set new goals at the beginning of the year. Goals are more permanent and have a sense of accomplishment tied to them. They also tend to be more meaningful – vowing to create a healthier lifestyle is more powerful than wanting to just lose weight. So what do I want to accomplish this next year? Be More Thoughtful about Spending Money In the past, I’ve been unsuccessful with setting a specific savings goal. A major reason for this is that my life has been in transition.…

  • Graduate School,  Mental Health Monday,  Personal Experience

    Mental Health Monday: Dealing with Overcommitment

    I dedicate one post to mental health every Monday.  I cover a variety of topics that are relevant to my life and that I hope might help others going through similar experiences.  I am not a doctor nor a mental health expert – I can only share what I have learned through experience or what I have been researching.  Please always seek professional help if you need it. This topic is challenging for me to talk about.  Overcommitment is something I constantly struggle with – throughout my brief but intense life I always tell myself that I know my limit and yet I always seem to take on too much. …

  • Mental Health Monday,  Personal Experience

    Mental Health Monday: Teach People How You Want to be Treated

    Today I want to talk about something that has taken me many years to learn. I believe our society looks down on those who speak up for themselves, especially women.  If I had a nickel for every time an assertive women was called bossy, I wouldn’t have to work another day in my life. Sometimes I am shocked by how poorly people treat each other.  I am taken aback by a comment at work or I am flabbergasted that someone would embarrass their friend in front of others on purpose.  I used to keep my mouth shut when these types of things happened to me.  I was more concerned with…

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    Mental Health Monday: It’s Okay to Hold Your Friends to a High Standard

    As I’ve grown older, I have found that making and keeping friends becomes harder and harder.  I’m what many would call a social introvert: I enjoy social situations but I know they will drain me and I recharge by spending time alone. I have found that certain social interactions leave me feeling more drained than others.  Sometimes I leave a party feeling tired but elated.  Other times I leave feeling tired and awkward.  Why is that? For a while, I was convinced that something was wrong with me socially.  I had a few close friends, but every time I tried to reach out and join different circles of people I…

  • Graduate School,  Personal Experience

    The Benefits of Going to Graduate School with Work Experience

    Right now I want to advocate for the individual who is faced with the decision to go back to school (for a graduate degree) after being out in the workforce for a bit.  This decision is scary.  I’m here to tell you that going to graduate school after working for a few years is both doable and incredibly rewarding.  It will be a lot of work, especially if you intend to keep working while attending, but it will be a lot of fun and it will satisfy a desire to learn that your job likely won’t be able to fill. Before I dive into the benefits of attending graduate school…