• 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…

  • Book Reviews,  Books,  Lifestyle

    Book Review: The Year of Less

    The Year of Less by Cait Flanders Rating: ★★★★☆ This book convinced me to stop buying sh*t. That in and of itself is an accomplishment. Really. If you don’t believe me, you should see my amazon account … Yikes. Anyways, I really enjoyed this book. One, I *love* memoirs that are narrated by the author. It just feel that authors know exactly where to put the emphasis and it just works. Ya know? I’m a big fan. Since lockdown, I’ve been doing a lot more chores. Normally, during the school year, I barely have time to sleep, so my parents are pretty lax about my not doing chores. In lockdown, my…

  • Lifestyle,  Shopping Guides

    In Shower Self Care

    Seriously, self-care is so important. Caring for yourself is the first step to caring for other people. I encourage you, to take an extra ten minutes to do a face scrub or exfoliate in the shower. It’s so nice to feel fresh and new after a long day.

  • Lifestyle

    Dealing with Disappointment

    Yesterday, I competed in an online Congressional Debate tournament. It was States. I was so amped up and excited. I thought I had a real chance at placing in the top three. I didn’t. I got sixth. I was incredibly disappointed, sad, frustrated, and angry. I spent the rest of the day “licking my wounds” and processing my own disappointment. First, I yelled and screamed. That lasted like a minute because I was pretty beat from a long day of competition. Second, I sat in bed, wallowing. My mind ran in circles beginning and ending with “What could I have done better?”, “What’s wrong with me?”, and “Why did the…

  • Lifestyle

    It’s OK if you’re struggling.

    It’s okay if you’re struggling. I am too. This is a hard time. It’s hard to be productive and feel good all the time, most of the time, or even some of the time. I struggle to focus every day. I have a hard time even starting my work, much less actually doing it. And that’s okay. We have to be kind to ourselves. It’s the only way we’re going to be able to get through this time. Here are so ways I’m practicing being kind to myself Not beating myself up when I have an unproductive, depressed day. Eating healthy foods – so I can avoid the groggy and…