• College,  mental health

    Reflections from My First Month in College

    I’ve officially been in college for 3 weeks!  I have a couple of thoughts: One// It takes a while to settle into a routine I’ve moved in on August 18, so as of writing, I’ve been at college for 24 days, and I still don’t have a routine. I’m not really working out, I haven’t quite figured out my morning routine, and I don’t have a good study schedule – and that’s ok! Things aren’t magically falling into place, and they don’t need to. I’m prioritizing the important things to me: completing my assignments,  sleeping enough, and eating well.  Two// Don’t overload your schedule A bit of backstory: an upperclassman…

  • Academia,  Lifestyle,  mental health,  study tips,  wellness

    How to Force Yourself to Do Stuff You Don’t Want to Do

    Are you tired of doing work? Do you procrastinate even the simplest of things? Are you behind in your schoolwork? Are you filled with a constant need to take a mf-ing nap? If you responded yes to any of these questions, then you may be entitled to compensation. And by compensation, I mean this blog post. Also, quick note: you should probably talk to your guidance counselor/therapist/doctor because you may be experiencing anxiety and/or depression.

  • Lifestyle,  mental health,  wellness

    How to Weekly Review

    Productivity pundits everywhere are always talking about daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly reviews. I agree that reviewing your life at set intervals is helpful for mindful productivity.  Especially for me, in therapy, where I monitor my mood, it’s helpful to be able to look back to see how I was feeling at a given time. It’s also just a good idea generally to spend some time reflecting.  If you’re new to journaling/reflecting in a written form, a weekly reflection practice is a great way to get started. I also wrote this post about how I journal in my daily life.  Here is a weekly reflection that I created for myself…

  • Lifestyle,  mental health

    My Best Purchase of 2020: Hiking Boots

    My best purchase of 2020 was a pair of hiking books, specifically the Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Plus Hiking Boot in Quarry/Cool Wave (size 9). I love these boots! They have carried me on about 30 miles since I got them on April 28, 2020. They are amazing while I wished they had a bit more ankle support, they’re really great as is. It is a trade-off though – these boots don’t have amazing ankle support (they do have some, to be clear) but these boots are also pretyy light weight, so I really don’t think it’s too bad! They’re also waterproof which is a huge plus. A couple of…

  • Lifestyle,  mental health,  productivity

    My New Year’s Resolutions for 2021

    I have a number of New Year’s Resolutions. But who is really surprised by that? Literally, no one. It should be noted that these resolutions are in no particular order. I’m thinking of resolutions as I go along, so take that as you will.  One | Take My Meds Consistently  I am terrible about taking my medications every day, and obviously that’s really important. So I WILL get better about taking my meds! Two | Hike More Often I love being outside – hiking or walking, but I don’t do it enough. I recently went on a “hike” with some kids from my school to Halibut State Park in Gloucester,…

  • Lifestyle,  mental health,  wellness

    My Mantras

    Times are hard. It’s true. One thing that’s helped me make it through this crazy tumultuous time is reminding myself that I’m a good human, and that I have the ability to be a good human to everyone around me. I’m trying to meditate, go to church, do things that make me happy like crocheting, reading, and blogging. I’ve also been creating these little mantras for myself.