Grad School

Routines: How many of us have them?

January 15, 2018

As a student preparing for your comprehensive or qualifying exams, consider routines to be a must. I know they don’t sound terribly exciting or sexy, but they’re an important component of any effective exam prep strategy. Without a routine or schedule you’re left to improvise your day as it happens. This is a bad idea because you can inadvertently waste a lot of time trying to decide what you should be doing instead of just “doing.”  Continue Reading

Grad School

Studying for Qualifying Exams – My Experience

January 8, 2018

It was May 2016 and I had just wrapped up the second year of my PhD program. I met up with a group of friends to commemorate the occasion with a late Sunday morning brunch. We used that time to release the stresses of a particularly challenging semester. One of the ladies would be graduating so we celebrated with her while laughing and talking for hours. On the drive back home I blasted some music thinking about how I would use some new spices I just bought. Summer was in full swing.

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New Year, New Pressures

January 1, 2018

Happy Monday Guys! And Happy New Year!

I was on FaceTime with my sister earlier and she joked how things with 2017 on it already seem so outdated. Out with the old, and in with the new! Onward to 2018.

A new year brings with it the excitement of new dreams, new opportunities, and new adventures. Vision boards are made with references to health, peace, and prosperity. This is going to be the year I finally…fill in the blank – start my own business, travel more, meet the love of my life, lose those 10 pounds, etc. There’s nothing wrong with any of that. Continue Reading


Goodbye Winter Breaks, Hello Holiday Parties!

December 18, 2017

Hey Guys. Happy Monday!Christmas is but a mere week away and I think I’m all set. Wait, how many siblings do I have again? I kid, I kid. But this Christmas is a little different for me. It’s my first one not being in school. Translation: goodbye 3-week long winter breaks and hello holiday parties. I guess this is what adulthood feels like. I’m not mad at it lol. Continue Reading


Jamaican Jerk Black Bean Coconut Soup

December 11, 2017

Happy Monday Guys!I went to Trader Joe’s a month or so ago, and close by was a restaurant I’d heard about called MetroFresh. I’m not in the area often so I thought about checking them out. When I looked up their menu online one thing caught my eye – a Jamaican jerk black bean coconut soup. Typically I’m not a black bean soup person but this one sounded so good. You know what else caught my eye? The $6 price tag for one cup. Craziness. I could buy all the ingredients I’d need to make the soup for that price and have leftovers for the week. I chose that route instead and I’m so glad that I did. I can confidently say that this is the best black bean soup I’ve ever had. It’s a little spicy with tons of flavor and hints of coconut and lime. I ate this with some boiled plantain for a flavorful and healthy, island-inspired meal.  Continue Reading

Food Style

Chi in Chi!: Eats and Outfits

November 27, 2017

Happy Monday Guys! As promised, I’m sharing details about all of the yummy food I ate while I was in Chicago.

Lyfe Kitchen

After our first full day in Chicago we went to Lyfe Kitchen for dinner, which was conveniently located right across from our hotel.

I got the Thai red curry bowl which I quite enjoyed. It comes with eggplants, broccoli, peas, peppers, and wheatberries in a coconut curry sauce. You can add a protein to it if you like, but I left it as is. I’m putting this on my list of things to remake at home for sure. It seems like it would be super simple. I also got a pomegranate lemonade to go with it which was a great choice. I’m always down for pomegranate lemonade and this did not disappoint. Their baked sweet potato fries with garlic parmesan and chipotle mayo were also a crowd pleaser. Continue Reading


Chi in Chi! A Review of the Ivy Hotel

November 20, 2017

Happy Monday Guys! I’m all smiles because Thanksgiving is almost here. I’m really looking forward to spending some quality time with my family (right up until the point where they start to get on my nerves), and of course eating some good food.But before my food coma, I wanted to share the details of my birthday trip to Chicago – Chi in Chi! Get it?! I couldn’t resist lol. This week I’ll be talking about where we stayed and what we did. Continue Reading