Twenty-eight.

It’s been a while since I posted, and there are several reasons for that. 1) I’ve genuinely been busy with graduate school/life and prioritized experiments and data analysis over my blog. And 2) If I didn’t feel it was worthy to write (i.e. something you could actually use in the future or gained new knowledge…

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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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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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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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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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The truth about my impromptu hiatus

Over the past few weeks, I took an impromptu hiatus. Laura, again? Lol, yeah. Again. I decreased the amount of time I spent on Facebook, only logging in to chat with my family. I stopped re-tweeting completely, mainly because the content was political and hateful. And, I also limited what I posted on Instagram. Do you know…

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STEM Creatives

This past weekend was a blur. I left work early on Friday to drive down to St. Louis for a marriage workshop. My wife and I didn’t get back home until Sunday evening, and I was completely drained. I tried to watch the Superbowl Show to relax, but it just riled me up. Instead, I browsed through Twitter…

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