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    Friday Goal Day – August 25, 2017

    Overall, this has been a good week.  My biggest goal for the week was to write consistently and I definitely achieved that goal.  However, I didn’t even really think about my weight loss goal, and I am not planning to work on driving until September when Ryan is back in school.  I feel happy with my writing, but it is clear that I need to tweak my goals a little bit. For writing, I blogged every day except Thursday and also outlined the chapters of a book and wrote half of the first chapter.  I have a lot of ideas in my head, but I don’t have nearly enough time…

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  • Personal

    A Messy House and a Vicious Cycle

    Right now I am sitting in a room that is sweltering hot next to a sleeping baby who will wake up if she feels my leg move away from her foot.  We haven’t had many hot days this summer, but when we do, the lack of air conditioning makes them unbearable.  A few minutes ago, I felt like I couldn’t breathe, not because of the heat, but because my anxiety has been overwhelming me. Why? I don’t have any looming deadlines or anything that I am dreading coming up.  Why then, do I feel like I am in the grips of anxiety today? The days when I can’t figure out…

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  • Personal,  Wellness

    The Chaotic Life

    Life is chaotic.  It is unavoidable.  Even if you tried to keep every moment of life planned and scheduled, chaos is going to happen.  It is part of what makes life great and fun.  It can also be overwhelming at times. As a mom to two very busy kids, chaos is an unmistakeable part of my life.  When I was in grad school, my anxiety reached crippling levels.  There was so much to juggle in such a short time period, I felt like I could never meet all of the demands placed on me and if I did, I felt like I could never do a good enough job.  I…

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    My first #MicroBlogMonday

    In looking at different types of blog link-ups, I stumbled across this idea of microblogging and Microblog Mondays.  The basic idea is to just take something that is on your mind, write up a quick paragraph on it and publish it.  #MicroblogMondays is a link-up that was created by Melissa at Stirrup Queens.  You can read more about the ideas behind Microblog Mondays here: What is #MicroblogMondays. As soon as I came across this idea, I knew I wanted to participate.  I have started so many blog posts that I just couldn’t finish and had writer’s block so many times.  The idea of just writing whatever is on my mind, similar…

  • Places

    Henniker Chili Festival – Sundays in My City

    I have been playing around with different ideas for blog content this past week, and came across a cool blog link-up called Sundays in My City.  This seems like a great way to share a little bit of where I live (and a good excuse to explore my surroundings), so I am super excited to participate! I live in a tiny town in rural New Hampshire, so my Sunday posts will probably be from all over my general area. Today, we went to the Henniker Chili Festival on Pat’s Peak in Henniker, NH.  Cal is from Texas and feels very strongly about chili.  He is also a foodie in general.…

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    Friday Goal Day

    Right now this blog is all over the place and really just something that I update whenever I have a spare moment.  At the moment, I am only blogging for me.  However, I would love to eventually use this blog as a possible way to connect with others and maybe build a community.  In order to do that, first I need to get myself back to blogging consistently.  To help me do that, I have been brainstorming about a content schedule a lot over the past few days. One thing that is really helpful to me, would be to have a set day to check in about and refine my…

  • Personal

    Grad School Completed

    Graduation is this week (not that I will be attending) and I can finally consider my grad school journey complete.  I feel like I am finally closing the door on a very stressful chapter in my life.  Hopefully I will find it easier to keep my sanity in tact for the next chapter.  I should have graduated three years ago, but I went into post-residency instead. That was the right decision for me at the time.  I was dealing with an overwhelming amount of stress and pressure and knew I wasn’t in the right place to add a thesis to my load at that point.  It would have been nice…

  • Personal

    Getting back to me

    For the past six years, I have been overwhelmed by this shroud of anxiety.  Now that my thesis and grad school are behind me, I feel like I can finally breathe a bit more.  I want to exist as person beyond my anxieties and being a mom.  I feel like I have forgotten who I am under the weight of my anxieties and I need to work on getting back to that. So how am I going to do that? 1. I am recommitting myself to writing everyday.  When I write, I feel like I am really alive and more than a mom.  In addition to writing on this blog…