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Four Highlights Since I’ve Been Away

I’ve recently returned to blogging after a (not so) brief hiatus. This break occurred during a particularly busy period in my life. There’ve been lots of changes, so I thought I’d fill you in on the important stuff.

Getting Back on the Horse

It’s been a long year. (9 months?) As someone who’s always succeeded in school— always enjoyed school, I never could have imagined that I’d find graduate school as challenging as I have. This past year has knocked me on my butt, run me over with an 18-wheeler, and left me on the side of the road wondering how on earth I wound up here. I haven’t had a lot of time to focus on maintaining balance or spending time doing the things that make me happy. Most of my energy has been expended just trying to keep my head above water in my classes. I’ve lost a lot of things that used to make me happy— hobbies like photography, baking and makeup. And I’ve decided that it’s time to change that. I’ve decided to start blogging again. I’m not entirely sure of the direction of my content or how often I’ll be able to…

2015 Year-In Review


2015 was sort of a strange year for me. In some ways, it was probably one of the most defining years of my life thus far. There were certainly plenty of major life moments to make it memorable! But despite the good times —and there were plenty—it all ended feeling rather bittersweet.  As we head into 2016, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on this past year and share a few of my goals for the next.

And by the way—if you’re looking for my Best in Beauty 2015, despair not! I’m currently working on a draft, and it should be up in the next day or two! Better late than never, right? (I guess some things will never change…)

24 Thoughts While Preparing for the GRE

Okay, let’s do this. Buy all the test-prep books! Wow, these are expensive… I’ll study tomorrow. Or maybe the day after. Crap… I’m running out of time. I really need to sign up for a test date. What do you mean it’s $190? Do you know how much makeup I could buy for $190?! Time to study. No, seriously this time. God, math is awful… did I really know all of this at one point? Why didn’t I just take this test after high school? Pretty sure I would have done better. What the hell are you supposed to do with a negative exponent in the denominator of a fraction? Is that even legal? Maybe vocab will be better… Garrulous? Really? Who even uses that word? And nadir? When is that going to be useful? Maybe I’m not cut out for grad-school. I’m never going to accomplish anything in life! No. Stop…

Lessons from my Grandfather

Today’s post has been a difficult one.

I know that I typically write about lipstick, nail polish, and other seemingly frivolous things, but today I’d like to share something a little more personal. I’m the type of person who processes through writing—even if no one reads it. I feel better once I get everything on paper.

Last week, I lost my grandfather to a short, but brutal battle with lung cancer. I just returned from another trip to Chicago, where I spent my 24th birthday attending his funeral. Despite the bittersweet circumstances, it was nice to be around family and friends—many of whom I haven’t seen for several years. Even better was realizing how many people loved and cared about my grandpa.

He and I have always been close.