Overcoming anxiety when flying

This week I am in Palo Alto, CA to learn some new science techniques from a lab at Stanford. It is the longest I’ve been away from Candy Cane, and my 1st time staying in an AirBnB. I get really bad anxiety when flying, and even more when I have to navigate a new place….

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A Quiet Ride Home

I’m writing this while on the train ride back home. I just dropped Shey off at the airport, and I am heading out of town soon, too. Things have been very quiet around here, and a lot of that has to do with life’s ins and outs. A lot more of it has to do…

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Friday Wrap Up

I’ve been dreaming about Friday since Tuesday. We have 2 new lab members, and guess who is training them? Me! I am also working on my own experiments, writing, & have had lot of meetings lately. Some people find the busy-ness  of academia invigorating, and others (like me) find it draining. I’m much more comfortable working…

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Rebate Apps for Beginners

Due to my recent realization of how insanely in debt I am, I’ve turned over a new leaf. You will now find me printing coupons, downloading mobile coupons, and using a handful of rebate apps. After 1 trip to Walmart ($103.28), I saved $4.30 in coupons. Let it be known that I was owed 33…

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June Goals

We are already halfway through 2017-can you believe it? This month I will celebrate 5 years of doing research and ~13 years of working. 13 years, and I have never had a budget or a plan for my money. And with 2 years left of my PhD, I also need to plan for my degree….

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I owe $42,140.36 (& counting) in student loans

After high school, I knew that I wanted to take my general classes at the local community college and that I didn’t want to take on any student loans. As a first generation student, I didn’t know how FAFSA worked, and applying to a big school was intimidating, and expensive. If community college worked out,…

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Celebrating Friday

Not going to lie, I loved having a short week. There’s nothing better than spending Monday with family, especially if that includes an adorable baby! I visited Atlanta last weekend, and I am now back in Chicago. One of my favorite parts about going home is seeing the cultural difference between Midwesterners and Southerners. Hands down, I…

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For the love of floral

It is almost Spring in Chicago, and I am ready to wear all of the dresses. I cannot wait to live in a warm place so that I can wear dresses throughout most of the year. Now that I’m older, I am starting to get obsessed with patterns and florals. I’m also a sucker for anything that…

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Celebrating Friday

This week I am celebrating Friday by traveling to Atlanta to visit my family. I absolutely cannot wait to meet my niece for the first time! I hear that she looks (and acts) a lot like I do. Has that ever happened to you? Your niece/nephew is a mini-you, and you have no idea how? It blows…

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