Three Ways to Live the Life You Want When You’re Broke & Unemployed

One potential problem of the long-term unemployed is that we face this dilemma: Every day we have so much time that we truly could do anything we wanted, but at the same time, we are burdened with our "shoulds." We should be working, we should be looking for jobs, should be updating the resume, should … Continue reading Three Ways to Live the Life You Want When You’re Broke & Unemployed

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I Stopped Fighting, But I’m Not Giving Up

I spent a year and a half fighting for my graduate thesis. Fighting for every line and every word my adviser had something to say about in my draft.  It was my writing after all. It was mine, and I vowed, at age 10, that I would never again let someone coerce convince me to write … Continue reading I Stopped Fighting, But I’m Not Giving Up

Life in the World Outside of Grad School: When Will I Have Time to Blog?

I would like to apologize to my readers for being MIA the last week and a half.  I had every intention of posting my series bi-weekly.  Unfortunately, (or fortunately, rather) life got in the way.  Last week I started a new job at a summer camp and don't have as much time as I've had … Continue reading Life in the World Outside of Grad School: When Will I Have Time to Blog?

Must Be the Feeling: A Romance of Stuff

my thoughts exactly…

Annamal house.

There are few things I love more than spring cleaning. Something about cleaning house from floor to ceiling and hauling away boxes of junk fills me with an indescribable sense of serenity and relief. Perhaps it speaks to a deep need for order in my life, but something about walking into a clean, organized room fills me with the same excitement I get whenever I get to buy a new notebook.

The process of cleaning and removing stuff is rarely a simple one.

Every time I do a thorough clean-out, I’m forced to reflect on my relationship with stuff: our long history, and all the hopes and expectations I have surrounding it. I have courted stuff my whole life, and it has courted me. It has called to me, tantalized me, and I have pursued it with passion, only to feel disenchanted…and yet determined to pursue it further. A kind…

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Making Time to Cook and Eat

If you don't mind my ramblings, read on:  Right now I'm on a no-chemicals, all-natural foods diet. Actually, I'd really like to make this a permanent thing, but I have to cook everything; it is so time consuming. I'm not complaining, I've lost weight and I feel wonderful. Yet, it really got me thinking about … Continue reading Making Time to Cook and Eat

What Makes You Feel Amazing?

I feel amazing when I eat healthily.  As a ploy to get my boyfriend to change his diet, I decided to change my own. As I've been mentioning lately, I've started this gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, diary-free, refined sugar-free, (already) vegetarian diet. My aim is to avoid nearly all processed foods that have ingredients that I … Continue reading What Makes You Feel Amazing?

Extreme Couponing for Minimalists

Have you ever seen the show Extreme Couponing on TLC?  If you haven't, women buy tons of items, in bulk, using hundreds of store and manufacturer's coupons, store discount cards, and any savings program that is available to shoppers. It's a lot of work, but sometimes they get nearly 99% off of the retail price. … Continue reading Extreme Couponing for Minimalists

North Korea Exposes the Western Propaganda

This video is about an hour and a half. I watched it last weekend wanted to share it with you all because it made me think how we, as Americans, consume continuously. Watch it when you have time some time to sit down and really pay attention. I know I haven’t blogged about time management … Continue reading North Korea Exposes the Western Propaganda

You Deserve to be Treated Better While on Your Period!

I'd like to think critically about the way American society (and Western society in general) treats menstruating women. Every month, approximately 62 million women have a menstrual period. And these sixty-two million women, ages 15-44, lead very busy lives:  they attend high school or college, play sports, work full-time, work part-time, and/or raise families. Once a month, sixty-two million … Continue reading You Deserve to be Treated Better While on Your Period!