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    Am I Really Bad at Math?

    I’ve talked a little bit on social media about applying for my PhD and, well, the results are in: I didn’t get into any of the PhD programs I applied for. And I’m like weirdly okay with it? Obviously, I’m bummed and it’s hard to hear that all the hard work I put in applying and studying for the GRE didn’t get me anywhere. But on the other hand, it’s making me think a lot about what I want to do with my future. Do I want to do social media forever? Do I really want to go back to school or do I just miss using my brain in…

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    3 New Workouts I Tried This Winter

    I feel like I’m already going stir crazy this winter and it’s only February… 😬So even though I can’t be out and about (because it was casually -50 last week) I’m trying to mix things up workout-wise. I’ve been testing out some new-to-me things and wanted to share, in case you’re as tired of running on a treadmill as I am. Flyght in Madison I’ve been waiting for Flyght to open in downtown Madison for several months now and I’m so excited to have another workout studio so close to my apartment! It’s the sister studio to my yoga studio, Dragonfly, that I’ve been going to for over 2 years now and…

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    Marie Kondo: A Year Later

    As you might remember, in January of last year I started the new year off with a HUGE clean out of my apartment using Marie Kondo’s KonMari method. I used her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up as a guide and ultimately gave away 3 car loads of things and threw away dozens of bags of trash. It was a success in many ways. Obviously it led me to get rid of a lot of things that I didn’t need and helped me downsize in preparation for a move, which was great. But the whole 5-day process helped me understand my relationship to things in new ways and gave…

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    My Favorite Moments of 2018

    Happy New Year, everyone! I know it’s already 2019 and you’re all tired of seeing recaps of last year, but I really wanted to put together a quick overview of my 2018. It was big year of growth for me with lots of ups and downs, but I honestly couldn’t be more proud of who I became this year. I feel more like myself than ever and I can’t wait to see what this new year brings. Here’s a few snaps from each month, if you want to take a look: January I started the year with a big Marie Kondo clean out (I got rid of 4 car loads…

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    A Life Update from Madison!

    Greetings from Madison, friends! In a whirlwind of events over the last several weeks I’ve found myself back in the Dairyland and, honestly, I’m so excited to be back. At first I felt a little weird moving back when I was literally just here, but I got a great offer at a small marketing agency and everything just sort of fell into place. So, why not?! Life is funny like that sometimes. It’s daunting moving for a job, even if it’s back to a town you know and love. I felt a lot of uncertainty and fear after I committed to move back. What if I hate my new job?…

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    Things I Love About Summer: An Incomplete List

    Driving to the suburbs at sunset with the windows down playing melancholy music I liked in high school (looking at you Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Live at Radio City) When the sky turns green before a tornado Stopping whatever I’m doing to watch a Thunderstorm Always feeling a little sticky The way a wood floor feels underneath my feet when it’s hot out and the wood’s expanded Going on long sweaty runs next to bodies of water Drinking a cold Miller Lite after said long sweaty run Walking as an event Leaving an air conditioned office at the end of the day and realizing it’s beautiful outside “Reading” outside…

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    New City, Who Dis? April Resolutions 2018

    Resolutions from March First up, I’m recapping my resolutions from last month and checking in on how they went and whether or not I’ll be bringing them back for April… Read more. I’ve had like a couple good spurts this month: I read Everything I Never Told You at the beginning of the month and am making my way through Call Me By Your Name pretty quickly now. All it took was like an hour here and an hour there, but once I finish a book I dawdle getting to the next one. I made a GoodReads account, so maybe tracking books and looking out for new ones will help me…

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    Some Big Life Changes + How I Feel About Turning 25

    Today is my birthday and, to be honest, I’m starting out 25 in a bit of weird place: I recently left my job after a year and a half and am moving back to Chicago. I’m still in Madison until I find someone to sublet my apartment and am going back and forth in a kind of limbo in the meantime. I’m pretty nervous about the future right now because to be totally honest I don’t really have a plan. I have a few smaller projects in social media and writing that I’m working on, but I don’t have a full-time job lined up. I’m not positive about what I…

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    Some New (And Old) Goals for March: Resolutions 2018

    Resolutions from February Here’s a recap of what I focused on in February, if you’re interested: Don’t look at my phone first thing in the morning. Success! I thought this one would be harder, but I actually found it pretty peaceful to leave my phone on my nightstand as I went about the rest of my morning. I got out the door faster, too, since I wasn’t getting sucked into the Instagram-vortex first thing. Scroll through Instagram less. I feel like I half-way did this? To be honest, I’ve just been a lot busier this month, so I haven’t had the same kind of downtime to dick around on my phone. I…

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    What I’m Focusing On This February : Resolutions 2018

    Hey all! As I mentioned in this post, I’m doing my New Years resolutions a little bit differently this year: instead of making one huge (and likely unattainable) goal for the year, I’m breaking down each month into smaller goals. Makes sense, right? January was my first month giving this a go so I’ve got a little recap of how things went and then I’m sharing what made the cut for February. Check it out! Sunglasses: Ray Ban , Sweater: Vintage Escada by Margaretha Ley , Jeans: Urban Outfitters (last worn here) , Shoes: Adidas Stan Smith   First things first: I need to check in with my January resolutions. A couple…