Goal Setting Graduate School Single Mom

    September Goals

    September Goals

    I feel like September snuck up on me but I’ve decided to welcome it with open arms. It means cooler weather, changing leaves, pumpkin patches and sweaters. All the things that make my heart smile. It also means the start of a new academic year. I’m already knee deep in reading, researching and working on my first manuscripts. My kid is also growing and I’m trying to slow down time so I can breathe it all in. Which brings me to the topic of this post: goals.

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    Single Mom

    Making Your House A Home

    Making Your House a Home Moving Tips for Single Moms

    This post is sponsored by Acorn Influence and Proctor & Gamble, however all opinions are 100% my own. 

    This time last year I was surrounded by moving boxes and packing tape.

    I was busy packing up my home to prepare for move from Illinois to Iowa. While my son and I have moved a few times, this time there were a lot things that made this move different and more stressful. We were moving into graduate housing which is significantly smaller (and older!) than our previous home. This meant giving away a lot of furniture and finding new pieces that would allow us to use the space more efficiently. There’s also the painstaking task of getting utilities set-up and navigating a new school district.

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    I’ll be your Black friend. But it’ll cost you.

    group of female friends

    I’m pretty sure I am the Black friend for a number of my White mom friends.

    I recognize that for some of my White mom friends the journey to authentic interracial friendships can be difficult. Some grew up in towns where they remember  the exact date the first non-White family moved in. Others learned about White privilege in college and want to do something to dismantle White supremacy.  Somehow our paths crossed and we became friends. Whatever the reason, I recognize that I am a part of their journey.

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    Graduate School

    Lessons From Year One

    coffee and tulips

    A few weeks ago one of my best friends casually mentioned that she thought I was crazy for leaving my job to pursue a PhD full-time. Had she said this to me in October I would have agreed with her and called my former supervisor to ask for my job back.

    I’d be lying if I didn’t say that this first year has taken an emotional and physical toll I was not prepared for.

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    #StreamTeam Travel VisitIowa

    Maquoketa Caves State Park

    Disclaimer: I am a member of the #Netflix #StreamTeam and this month’s post is all about amazing family adventures at Maquoketa Caves State Park! As always my opinions are 100% my own! 

    Family Adventures at Maquoketa Caves State Park
    The new year has adventure written all over it. The last couple of months have been so busy with getting settled in Iowa and our new routines that we haven’t had time for much adventure. But this year I’ve decided that I wanted to get up from my desk and spend more time outside as a family.  Never in a million years did I think I would add “outdoorswoman” to my skill set. We’ve always enjoyed visiting state parks so I thought starting the new year with a trip to Manquoketa Caves State Park in Manquoketa, Iowa would be a great place to start. When was the last time you were inside a cave?

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