As a grad student, life can get stressful. In my effort to better take care of myself, I started meditating in the morning and incorporating mindfulness as a weekly practice. Unfortunately, I didn’t start any of this as a preventative measure. I only started incorporating mindfulness and meditation when I got incredibly overwhelmed. It was a last-ditch effort to salvage my sanity.

I have a feeling that I’m not alone in this. Too often, we play a game of stress Russian Roulette, where we test our stress limits without any precautionary measures. We prioritize literally everything else over our mental…


There is something magical and exciting about growing older, learning more about yourself, and testing your limitations. However, it is incredibly easy to hold yourself back and get in a slump by preserving routines that are comfortable to us despite them not being either progressive or healthy to our current lives.

I thought that my routine was fine, but in reality the habits and self-talk that I established were not sustainable. I found myself struggling to get through my to-do lists and make time for myself.

This continued for too long. I didn’t even realize that I was in need…

Tori Dickerson

Be prepared to be who you were created to be.

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