Self-care, in my mind anyway, can be a difficult practice to feel good about. I end up feeling like I'm indulging myself. I do think self-care can become self-centered. If in every situation I put my needs above the needs of others, I'm overstepping the purview of self-care. Self-care does not justify the elevation or magnification of … Continue reading A way to practice self-care without feeling guilty.
Hi there! December and January are busy months. There are festivities to enjoy and work events and travel. Food is often rushed and because it's rushed, we end up with bowls of thrown-together ingredients that might not be super delicious or filling. In anticipation of those busy days, I brainstormed a few of my favorite, … Continue reading Easy, functional meal ideas for when you’re busy.
Less than one week left! It goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway) that going home for the break will be totally wonderful. I want to spend as much time as possible cocooned in a chunky blanket with a book. That's my only real goal at the moment, and I'm feeling pretty good about … Continue reading Lessons from the first semester.
I went home for Thanksgiving. . .two weeks ago? Honestly it's a little hard to keep track what happened when at this point. It was needed and restful and cozy. Coming back to school was rocky. I felt a little lonely. But I'm currently feeling more in sync with a routine. A major comfort is … Continue reading Past few weeks in review.
November has been a demanding month. There's a lot going on in classes, in my heart, my mind. I haven't been able to emote very well. I've been crabby. It bothers me that irritability is my first response to a busy season. Life will always be filled with things to do. It's a shame to … Continue reading Comforting recipes to make over the holidays.
It has been a while, friends. I'm stopping in for a quick minute to share a recipe. This microwave banana bread only has a few ingredients and takes about 5 minutes to prepare. It's dorm friendly and budget friendly and time crunch friendly. Three necessary requirements for me currently.Also, I want to give a quick … Continue reading banana bread (in a mug)
**Just a reminder that this isn't a full day of eats. As always, eat what you need, in sufficient amounts for your body, What I Ate Wednesday isn't about comparison but sharing a common appreciation for good food. Over the summer, starting in July, I stopped running altogether. I had trained for a half marathon … Continue reading thoughts on losing fitness.
Fall has officially arrived. *squeals* Cue the cliché apology for cliché rambles about excitement for sweaters, pumpkin, leaves, hot beverages, cozy blankets, socially acceptable hibernation: all that good stuff. In the true spirit of fall things and my personal excitement for the coming Thanksgiving break (I cannot, cannot, cannot wait to be reunited with my … Continue reading Grateful for . . .
I like books. They can be an innocuous escape from the real world or a jarring reminder of what the real world really looks like. They help us empathize with situations we're unfamiliar with. Reading about things, people, histories, environments, circumstances we haven't experienced firsthand can give us the opportunity to spend a few days … Continue reading 9 Books for the Eclectic Bibliophile.
Coping mechanisms. We use these when we're thrown into new situations or relationships. A synonym for coping could be adapting, which makes coping mechanisms the tools or behaviors we use to make adaptation happen. They're essential. They help reduce the stress that comes with a disruption in our schedule, environment, or relationships. But like almost … Continue reading How do you cope?