• 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…

  • fashion,  Lifestyle,  Shopping Guides

    Currently Coveting No. 5

    sweater | earrings | watch | headband | sneakers | necklace | jeans Here is a super simple outfit that I wear a variation of practically every day.  I actually bought these jeans, and they were too small! If you have a muscular body type, I would definitely size up or try one of the other cuts of denim. I also love wearing a scarf in my hair. I find that its a such a great way to add a pop of color to your outfit. I like to stick with my neutrals, so scarves are a great way noncommittal to add a pop of color. So you don’t have…

  • fashion,  Lifestyle,  Shopping Guides,  wellness

    How to Curb Your Shopping Habit

    1. Stop browsing – if whatever format  If that’s blogs, emails from your favorite retailers, social media posts from your favorite brands, or just scrolling through your amazon webpage – stop browsing. 2. Mandate a waiting period  For example, if I see something I want to buy, I’ll sleep on it. If in the morning, I still want it, then I’ll consider buying it. Generally, I won’t want it in the morning. Another way I’ve seen people do this is to use a 72 hour waiting period for purchases under $100 and a week long waiting period for purchases over $100.  3. Make a list If you need something, write…

  • Academia,  Lifestyle,  productivity,  Shopping Guides

    My Picks for Eco-Friendly Notebooks

    One of  my big goals for my life is to be more environmentally friendly. I’ve been thinking about the whole paper notes vs. iPad debate and others like it. For example, instead of going out and buying a Tesla or Prius, it’s actually better to keep the car you currently have provided it isn’t  a massive gas-guzzler like a Hummer (or some other mechanical abomination)! So, I’m keeping my 2003 Camry until the wheels fall off, and then, I’ll replace those wheels! Anyways, the iPad vs. Notebooks debate is sort of inconclusive. But what is clear is that if you’re using notebooks made with some fraction of PCW (Post Consumer…

  • 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

    We Gotta Be Better People: We Cannot Go On Like This

    Y’all. We are failing to take care of one another and our environment. We don’t stay home when we should, drive too much, machine dry our clothes when they could hang to dry, and hoard resources.  I’ve been wracked with guilt. For the past five-ish years, I’ve been thinking a lot about my role in our world. I haven’t come to any definite conclusions besides these two: one, do as much good as possible and two, love is the answer most of the time.  “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all…

  • Lifestyle

    My Favorite Podcasts

    Note: all links will be to apple podcasts. This American Life I love this podcast. I almost feel like I shouldn’t call it a podcast since for most of my life, I listened to it on the radio. NPR has been a facet of my life since before I could remember. Ira Glass’s voice just brings me home every time. Although I cannot separate the personal memories from This American Life, I can still appreciate the magnificent storytelling in the podcast. I love listening to an episode while doing the dishes, crocheting, or any other mindless task. Each episode ends so nicely – with a little bow atop, so it’s…

  • fashion,  Lifestyle,  Shopping Guides

    The Items of my Perfect Wardrobe – My Favorite Pieces

    This is a long one, I hope you enjoy it! Nay, you better enjoy it, this took me like a whole 3 hours to make, so applause and external validation will be expected in the form of kind comments below. Thank you and enjoy the post 😉  Sweaters From left to right: Black Turtleneck | J. Crew Boyfriend Sweater | L.L. Bean Fisherman Sweater | Uniqlo V-Neck Sweater | Uniqlo Crewneck Sweater I live in New England, and it’s cold a lot. Accordingly, I wear sweaters a lot! I like to have a turtleneck sweater for those extra cold days. I also like to have a v-neck sweater which is…

  • Academia,  Lifestyle,  productivity,  study tips

    How I Bullet Journal as a Student

    The Origin Story I use my bullet journal as a glorified collection of to do lists. I’ve used a planner to organize my homework since 6th grade. I’d write down what homework was assigned that day. I didn’t bother with due dates – everything was almost always due the next day. Long term projects and due dates went in the monthly calendar. I’ve kept this system, at least some variation of it, throughout all of middle school and high school.  When I was a mere freshman, I was suddenly faced with a lot more work. I actually didn’t have a ton of homework, but I had a lot of extracurriculars…

  • 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.