Lifestyle

How I Set My Yearly Goals

In my last blog post I talked about looking back on my goals for this year and reflecting on what I have accomplished. This process helps me to understand what I'd like to focus on in the coming year. We all know the past two years have been crazy, full of ups and downs, and… Continue reading How I Set My Yearly Goals

Lifestyle

Looking Back on My Goals for the Year

We're getting closer to the end of the year, meaning New Year's resolutions are just around the corner. I like to set goals for myself all year, but there is something exciting and empowering about the new year and setting goals for myself. I wanted to share the process that I go through, because I… Continue reading Looking Back on My Goals for the Year

Healthy Living, Lifestyle

Finding Balance in Life

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.Thomas Merton I went to an elementary/middle school called Thomas Merton Academy. When I got old enough to start really studying Thomas Merton, learning about his life, and more importantly reading his works, I fell in love with an intelligent, funny, and… Continue reading Finding Balance in Life

Healthy Living, Lifestyle

Another Health Journey

Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash Maybe I should have titled this "The Continuation of My Health Journey," because really, I've been at this on-and-off for awhile. I started a little over 10 years ago when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and we found out that we carry the BRCA2 gene mutation. Since… Continue reading Another Health Journey

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My Decision to Have a Preventative Bilateral Mastectomy

About 11 years ago, after my mom's breast cancer diagnosis, I found out that I tested positive for the BRCA2 gene mutation. You can read more about that journey here. I've known since that day that I would eventually have a preventative (or prophylactic) double mastectomy in order to reduce my risks of developing breast… Continue reading My Decision to Have a Preventative Bilateral Mastectomy

Lifestyle

Bloganuary #7: What do you like most about your writing?

This is something I've never really thought about before. I know why I like writing and I know what I like about other author's writing, but I've never really considered what I like most about my own writing. Photo by Florian Klauer on Unsplash I suppose I like that my writing tends to be very… Continue reading Bloganuary #7: What do you like most about your writing?

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Bloganuary #6: Who is someone that inspires you and why?

This is probably the most difficult prompt to answer this month - so far anyway. I guess we are only 6 days in, but I digress. There are so many different people that inspire me for different reasons. I wrote a blog not too long ago about a YouTuber who inspires me, Sarah's Day. Another… Continue reading Bloganuary #6: Who is someone that inspires you and why?

Lifestyle

Bloganuary #5: What is something you wish you knew how to do?

There are A LOT of things I wish I knew how to do. I am one of those people who loves learning, loves trying new things, and is always working on a hobby. Part of this might be a bit of ADHD, but I really do love learning new things! Photo by Miha Jan Strehovec… Continue reading Bloganuary #5: What is something you wish you knew how to do?

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Bloganuary #4: What was your favorite toy as a child?

Photo by Nick on Unsplash I grew up fairly privileged and had parents and grandparents who got me a lot of toys and clothes, and just about anything I wanted, within reason. I was a lucky kid and I am very aware of that fact. One of the toys (or set of toys I suppose)… Continue reading Bloganuary #4: What was your favorite toy as a child?

Tech & Career

What is a Software Quality Engineer?

I wrote not too long ago about my "day job" but didn't really go into the details of exactly what it is that I do. Most of the time, I tell people I'm a Software Developer, because that's what I was for awhile, how I got into my current work, and doesn't take any explanation… Continue reading What is a Software Quality Engineer?