Present

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As we head into the holiday season, life seems to speed up with no hope of slowing down. There is all the work that must be done before we can relax. All the gifts that must be bought before we can enjoy. All of the stuff that gets in the way of the experience. I don't think there is really any way to eliminate all of the "stuff" that we will find on our plates over the course of the next month, but I do think that we can work on experiencing each thing as it comes. So many times in my life, I find myself trying to be everywhere at once. I watch TV while doing school work. I listen to music … [Read more...]

Burned Out?

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The one thing I hate most about being busy is that I am constantly trying to fit everything I want to do into my free time. There is a part of me that wants to read and stimulate my mind and be active, and then there is another part of me that just wants to lie on the couch and think about absolutely nothing when I get home at the end of the day. The good news is that my roommate gets at least four magazines a month, and she leaves them for me to read when she finishes them. There's something about having a nice shiny magazine in front of me that compels me to open it up and read it. I know … [Read more...]

Real

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I love going just about anywhere in the city because there are always people to watch. You can always spot a first date, because both people are way more aware of themselves than they ever would be otherwise. Yes, lady, I know you just flipped your hair to make him think you're mysterious. But I love watching what will happen next anyway. Then there are the little kids on the train with their parents, being funny and cute and looking you right in the eye until you give them a smile. It's funny how we don't really do that anymore when we grow up - look at someone, square on as we try to size … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life of a Clinical Psychology PhD Student

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Can we just stop and say hooray for the fact that it's Wednesday? I don't have class on Fridays, so Wednesdays feel like Thursdays, which mean they are almost the weekend. Not sure if you followed that, but just know it means I'm happy about today. Recently, I listened to a Slate podcast called "Working," all about what various people do on a day-to-day basis in their jobs. The episode I heard was about Stephen Colbert. In it, he walked us through all of the tasks and rituals that must be completed before he walks on stage. I LOVE "day in the life" posts and stories, so I thought I'd do my … [Read more...]

The Easy Way Out

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Most days I find myself up to my eyeballs in tasks on my to-do list. I have to read chapters, cook dinners, schedule assessments, finish assignments. Before I know it, it's 10pm and I have no idea where the day went. A lot of times I'm tempted to just take a short cut. Whereas I used to cook all of my meals from scratch, now I find myself lingering in the frozen food aisle wondering if one frozen Lean Cuisine for lunch will really kill me. It starts small. ¬†Instead of putting my papers away in their designated folders at the end of each day (the only hope I have of ever remembering where … [Read more...]

It’s Been A While

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...is this thing on? Wow. I don't think I have ever taken such a long break from blogging. I sat down today and realized that it's been almost a month since I last posted. Normally, the thought of taking breaks like that evokes feelings of falling behind. I won't even pretend like that idea doesn't make me break out in hives of anxiety, but alas, it happened. It's funny because opening up the blog today, I wasn't really sure where to start. But the thing I've found is that when you don't really know where to begin, you should just begin right where you are. So where am I? I am more … [Read more...]