2018The Preppy Scientist: 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Valentine's Day Dress Ideas

This post may seem early - but it's just under a month until Valentine's Day! I didn't realize how soon the holiday was approaching until I saw a huge (and slightly creepy) Valentine's Day teddy bear display at Wal-Mart.

Though I have been chronically single for the past few (read: lost count) Valentine's Days, I still love the holiday. It's cheesy, it's fun and if you're in the same boat as me - it's a great day to show some extra gratitude to the people who love and support you. On Valentine's Day, I usually watch the namesake movie (I can't resist) and get dressed up for fun! I love anything pink, ruffly, sparkly and flowy! 

Whether you are having a date night, Galentine's Day party or just want to dress up for yourself - a fun feminine dress is necessary. 

Below you'll find some of my top picks for Valentine's day dresses!

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Monday, January 15, 2018

2018 Reset

I started off the year on the blog with an ambitious list of goals I'd like to accomplish. I'm still very committed to my goals, and excited to work on them - yet I've found the first few weeks of 2018 to be rough. The novelty of the new year wore off and I caught myself becoming overly frustrated because I was still stuck in the same habits I vowed to end in 2017. 

It's really easy to think the whole year is lost if you don't start it off with guns blazing on New Year's Day. The truth is, we have to unlearn many familiarities in order to press on and achieve our goals. Just because I'm having a few rough days, doesn't mean I will have a rough year. Instead of throwing my hands in the air - I will refocus on what I want to change and make decisions in the present that will pay off in the future. 

If you're in the same boat as me, just know that we may not always get to control what happens to us - but we can control our reaction and what we take away from different experiences. It's never too late to make a change - so consider today my (and your if you need it) 2018 reset. Let's bounce back and take the rest of the year by storm!

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2018 Goals

We're a few days into 2018, which means it's time to get to work. Over the years I have made resolutions that didn't go anywhere so this year I'm taking a different approach. I find that it's easier to work toward things you would actually like to accomplish rather than jumping on the self-improvement train everyone seems to join at the beginning of a new year. When you plan to do something entirely for yourself - there is way less pressure and you approach it differently. 

I have a handful of goals I'd like to see accomplished by this time next year and there is no better place to talk about them than on my website! 

Blogging // I am really starting to get into the routine of blogging again. This year I really want to focus on bringing quality content to this space especially in the science aspect. STEM is a huge part of my life and I would love to share and explore that some more in this space. I have a few ideas that seem promising - so I will continue to work on them. I also want to raise the bar in terms of photography and social content!

Fitness // I (literally) hit the ground running in 2017 and I would like to see that trend continue through 2018. I started off with Kayla Itsine's BBG workouts and while I really enjoy them, I want to branch out and try some other workout styles. I've also been slacking in the healthy eating area out of sheer laziness so it's time to get back on track. It's easy to get bored at the gym so I've also signed up to complete a CN tower stair climb in November. It's 1,776 steps to the top and to make it there I will need to definitely push myself with my workouts while also working on my mental strength, leading to the next goal...

Mental Health // Last year was probably one of my best mental health years in a while. There were definitely some setbacks but I do feel that I'm starting to figure myself out and how my mind works in certain situations. This has helped me immensely and I feel so hopeful for more progress in 2018. One thing I really want to try is meditating. I have dabbled in it but never was consistent enough to see a change. I've read a lot of great things about Headspace, and I will definitely be making an effort to use the app daily. 

Reading // I committed to 30 books in this year's Goodreads challenge, and I'm feeling pretty confident that I will achieve that. 

Simplicity // I think this will end up being my theme for the year. Around Christmas, I was feeling so frustrated with the amount of 'things' I seemed to have. There is such a huge focus on consumption and it has really been bothering me. The world forces you to want more when you already have more than enough. More possessions, more followers, more 'friends' - it's just too much. I started a challenge where I've been getting rid of a number of possessions per day (1 item on the first day, 2 on the second, three on the third etc...) and I'm hoping less clutter will help me feel less overwhelmed in my living space. 

I also plan to focus on meaningful friendships and give up trying to be the girl with a million friends. I went from being surrounded by all my friends in university to moving home and not really having one. In an effort to make friends here, I was not being myself and in the end got pretty burned. I think in the end being surrounded by fewer people who genuinely care about you is much, much better than being surrounded by many who don't. 

Those are my goals! I feel good about them, and inspired to make some necessary changes. I am excited for the year ahead and I hope you are too! 

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