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Sparking Joy (on a smaller scale): Adapting the Kondo Method to Your Own Needs


I love Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I bought it a couple years ago without knowing any of the burgeoning hype, tore through it, then spent the next couple weeks spending every spare moment over the course of two weeks applying her advice to our little basement apartment.

Basically, Kondo’s method boils down to getting rid of things before doing any kind of organizing. While disposal is essential to a lot of cleaning/organization plans, Kondo has a couple points that sets it apart.

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4 Ways to Squeeze In More Reading in College


I love reading. Ever since I was a little kid I’ve devoured books at an unnaturally quick speed. And as a student of library and information science, I’m lucky that my coursework frequently has me reading really interesting books. (Though that’s definitely not the case in all my classes…) But that definitely wasn’t the case for me in undergrad and I very rarely read for pleasure during those four years.

Falling out of regular reading (massive amounts of Torchwood fan fiction excluded) during college is one of my big college regrets. It took me some time to get back into it after graduation. Now that I’m in grad school I go back and forth between reading everything I can get my hands on and not touching anything that isn’t required for school.

I know that finding time to read when you’re super busy can be a struggle. And if it isn’t one of your priorities, that’s entirely up to you. But if you’re a bookworm, there are ways to squeeze in some extra reading during the day. Here are a few things that have helped me find some reading time during busy stretches.

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Coping With Stress In and Out of School


So my posting and all blog-related activity slowed down significantly the past couple weeks. My husband and I are both in the final stages of our master’s degree programs, which is great, but incredibly busy. On top of that, we’re dealing with work, family situations, and a teething nine month old. So basically, it’s been a stressful month.

While I’m not always successful, I try my best to keep the stress at least somewhat under control. Different things work at different times so if you’re in a similar boat, give them all a shot.

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5 Lessons I Learned My Senior Year of College

5 Lessons I Learned my Year

My senior year of college started with a mix of excitement, sadness, and fear. I lived in an on-campus apartment with my best friend and the girls who would over the course of the year become my other best friends. I planned two major music recitals, one because it was required for my degree, the other because said best friend and I apparently decided we didn’t have enough work to do. And over the course of the year I developed the skills and strength to step off of campus and into a mature, adult life.

Who am I kidding with the last one?

Looking back, senior year really was one of the biggest years of my life. While I learned a ton over the course of college, it is the lessons I learned at the end of my time at Westfield State that really stuck with me.

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