Similar to the month of February, I will keep this intro short and sweet. Below you will find some of the things I am loving at the moment. These items are also supporting me through my grad school journey. Enjoy!

Books


School Related

Contemporary Feminist Research from Theory to Practice 

This text has been super helpful for me when thinking about how my methods relate and support my theoretical framework (and vice versa). The authors also dive into ethical issues and innovative uses of digital media, which I am particularly interested in. I recommend it for anyone using  research approaches from a feminist standpoint. A special thanks to my colleague for recommending it to me.

Fiction

The Power by Naomi Alderman

I cannot recommend this book enough! It is our current read for my book club and I flew through it. This fiction tells the story of how the world would change if power was in the hands of women; where teenage girls have immense physical power – they can cause agonizing pain and even death. You will have to read it to find out how it ends!

Food


Brazil Nuts

This powerful nut is full of selenium, which is an essential mineral and antioxidant that is needed daily for a healthy immune system and it helps to prevent damage to our nerves and cells. They are expensive but I only eat 1 a day (100mcg), typically I chop it up and toss it in my morning oatmeal. Feed yourself with nature’s supplements!

Fitness


Melissa Wood Health

I tested out the Melissa Wood Health workouts for a 5 free day trial and I loved it! These workouts focus on small movements, working with your own body weight. I didn’t expect them to be so difficult but they are certainly challenging. The workouts teach you how to use muscles that you don’t typically use, in order to encourage long lean lines. Plus Melissa herself is just a ball of light, which encourages me to get up and move.

 

Conscious Brands


The DivaCup

How has it taken me so long to buy environmentally friendly menstrual products? I finally bought the DivaCup and guess what? I am loving it! I feel at peace knowing I am not putting an toxins into my body every month and also not creating so much unnecessary waste.

Podcasts


Grammar Girl 

Okay this is super nerdy of me but this podcast has been very helpful. It provides quick tips on grammar. I usually listen to it when I am walking or on the bus since the episodes are not long. I recommend it for anyone interested in improving their grammar.

Apps/Tools


Mindmup

I was looking for an online tool to create a mind map for my comprehensive exams coming up this summer. There may be a few apps out there but a lot of them are pretty useless. I found Mindmup was my favourite as it is providing me with lots of space and options to make the map my own. However, there is a small monthly fee. You can watch a quick video about it here.

 

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I have also added a summary page of the ‘Things I am Loving‘ that I will be updating each month. However, I will also be posting a corresponding blog post to talk about each item more in depth (just like this one). So stay tuned 🙂

Now I want to hear from you!

  • What things in these categories have you been loving?

Until next time,

Christine xo

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4 Comments on “February Edition: Things I am Loving

      • Oops! I didn’t follow instructions!

        Books- 12 Rules for Life: And Anecdote to Chais (Dr. Jordan Peterson)

        Fiction- I’ve actually taken a break from fiction and recreational reading. I’m in a sort of ‘Go-Mode’ where I feel like I have to spend all my time absorbing novel information and ideas. I’ll slow it down this summer and do some things to refresh and revamp my neural health.

        Fitness- Well, I’m a fitness NUT! (Crazy about fitness). Huge Beachbody fan and Coach.
        But I’ve had one heck of a month where I died and now I’m recovering…but I still encorage and I do stretching and some sort of yoga as tolerated while my body recoups. Shakeology has been a great help and I’ve been able to drop weight and retain my hard-earned muscle tissue.

        Conscious Brands- Well, like I mentioned, this month was an eye opener, so I am intentionally controlling what I put into my body. If it isn’t actually organic whole food, I’m going to go for something else. The food we’ve eaten has become saturated with, well, lots of unknown chemicals. If I have to name a brand, again, Shakeology and Power Greens from Beachbody. Oh, and Kombucha has become a thing for me along with organic, raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar.

        Podcasts- I’m open to suggestions. I’ve been spending time on YouTube listening to motivational and educational content, and I know the people I listen to have podcasts…I guess I like the searchable format of YouTube better than Podcasts. Is there an app that makes that easier?

        Apps/tools- Working on building my online Brand on WP, IG, FB, Youtube, and Twitter. Telegram has provided an opportunity for solid (and free) organic growth. I’m open to suggestions though!

        And now a question for you…

        How do you make the time to be so active on all these platforms while attending graduate school? I’m not trying to stroke your ego, but I’m impressed daily when I see your content. I know media can be deceiving, but I’m confident that you have your stuff together and that’s awesome. I guess I just want to know how you do it!

      • Wow! Thanks for sharing, sounds like you have found some good things you are loving. As for your question – I just do my best and do what I can. I see it as fun for me, a passion to share what I am learning and it is a creative outlet, so it’s more fun for me than anything! But I am a very organized person so that does help 🙂 I try and share these organization and routine tips as much as I can on the blog and instagram so stay tuned!

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