My 2019 New Year’s Resolutions

I know I’m hopping on this horse a bit late, but I’ve been taking some time to hash out my New Year’s Resolutions this year to refine them and make them things I’m really happy with.

Plus, setting up goals for the year on January 1st is an arbitrary thing anyways, and you can decide to change up your life at any time.

I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s Resolutions. They’re usually wishy-washy things like “I want to be healthier this year” or “I want to learn more”, and it’s often hard to tell when you’ve achieved them. And this lack of definition makes them equally hard to keep.

So I have decided to make my New Year’s Resolutions this year more like New Year’s Goals, with specific actions to take to make them happen.

Another thing you will notice is that all the goals are self-directed – meaning I don’t have to rely on anyone else’s actions to achieve them. I have decided to keep my blog goals free of view count targets or desired follower numbers, because I have minimal control over whether people read or like or follow my blog.

Without further ado, here are my New Year’s Goals for 2019:

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9 Myths and Misconceptions About Meditation

You all seemed to really like my post about 5 easy ways to start a mindfulness practice, so today I thought I would tackle 9 popular myths/misconceptions about meditation and mindfulness.

At the bottom, I’d love if you could comment any other myths that you’ve heard about meditation.

Let’s get started!


Myth #1: When you meditate, your mind should be completely blank.

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Blogger Recognition Award


Thank you to Ann Marie Ruby and Sam for nominating me for this award. As a fairly new blogger, I’m so grateful to have been nominated twice for an award allowing bloggers to recognize other bloggers. Please check out both of their blogs, because they’re both crazy talented bloggers.



  • Thank the blogger that nominated you and link to their blog
  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief story about how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Select bloggers you want to give this award to
  • Comment on each blog to let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created

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Why You Shouldn’t Aim for Emotional Mastery

As someone who is very passionate about mental health, I will sometimes come across ideas or solutions to mental health problems that frustrate me.

Today’s post will be ranting about a piece of advice I came across recently that I vehemently disagree with.

I found this blog post saying, essentially, “Your goal should be to completely control all your emotions, regardless of what happens around you. If you get fired, you should train yourself to be happy and view it as a good thing in the moment. If someone dies, you can force yourself to feel happy about it.”Read More »

Why I’m Leaving Graduate School

Okay, this will probably be a long post. I would recommend making a cup of your favorite hot beverage or lighting your favorite candle before reading this post, but I’ll try to make it worth your while.

As I’m sure you could guess from the title, I have decided to leave my graduate program. This decision has been at least 8 months in the making, but realistically I’ve been considering this since before I got to graduate school two years ago. During the time that I was trying to make this decision, I felt completely alone.

I’m hoping that by writing this, I might help someone else going through the same thing feel less alone.

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