• 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,…

  • 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

    Quarantine Essentials: Snack Edition

    Spending loads more time at home, has some benefits: more time exercise, spending extended periods of time with your family (it’s debatable to whether that’s a benefit or not), and much more time to spend snacking. I have embraced this additional snacking time. Here’s what I’ve been snacking on! terra chips | unsalted almonds | strawberry jam | parm crisps | goldfish Terra Chips My friend, Alexa, introduced me to Terra Chips this year in our biology class. We often had bio right before lunch, so it was basically snack time. One time she shared her Terra Chips with me, and I’ve loved them ever since. Controversial opinion: I think…

  • 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…