books, Literary Commentary, Philosophy

books || When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

As thought-provoking as this book was, I am GLAD to be done reading, discussing, and thinking about it. "When Breath Becomes Air" was written by Paul Kalanithi after he was diagnosed with cancer at 36. He was in his last year of neurosurgery residency (read: he had his whole career ahead of him) at the time. The book is interesting in many ways. First, he's both the doctor and the patient, and he shares that perspective. Second, his writing is unique in that he was a huge literature lover and just all-around a very well-read person! Third, it puts the onus of answering some of the book's big questions on you: the reader. The odds of getting cancer in a lifetime are something around 1 in 3 right now. So it reads like a simple, universal story: this is his story, but it’s just as much your story, my story, everyone’s story. Really heavy stuff. I recommend it, but be mentally ready when you read it!

academia, bullet journal, organization, things i learned

writing || hard truths on organization and productivity

Feeling behind? Stressed? Anxious? Overwhelmed? Too much going on at once? ⁠ See that long list of "ongoing projects"? Yeah. This was a heck of a week back in November 2020. I went back in to decorate it and was thinking about how I managed to get all that stuff done in one week.⁠ I… Continue reading writing || hard truths on organization and productivity

lifestyle, things i learned, writing

writing || my new habit, journaling every day in Scrivener

I've started journaling again. In the past, I've journaled whenever I felt like it, which always translated to "when I'm feeling sad". Who wants to spend their happy time writing about how happy they are? Pssh. That's the time for living instead, isn't it? I have a few half-started notebooks filled with a few fun… Continue reading writing || my new habit, journaling every day in Scrivener

academia, snapshot, videos, writing

video || the keys to writing successful uni + scholarship essay applications | my 5-step process

I'm a Queen's University Commerce (business) student in 3rd year, specializing in marketing, with my full tuition covered by 2 major scholarships and 5 GPA merit-based awards. Here is how I structured my application essays for Queen's, the 5 steps to get started & write winning scholarship essays yourself, and my advice to anyone going… Continue reading video || the keys to writing successful uni + scholarship essay applications | my 5-step process

Literary Commentary, writing

writing || i know who you are because of the words you use | The Midnight Library and my own emotional voice

I just finished reading The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, and filmed a short IGTV which I posted to Instagram yesterday. But there's one thing I briefly touched upon in those five minutes that I need to dive deeper into. There was something about his writing. https://www.instagram.com/p/CH50-sIBzym/ The book incorporates the science-fiction delight of parallel… Continue reading writing || i know who you are because of the words you use | The Midnight Library and my own emotional voice

Psychology, snapshot, videos

video || a journal entry about journal entries + how i take notes to have better conversations

The focus of this episode is on 4 tips to improve your relationships, conversations and meetings using your bullet journal, but I also steered into some personal growth territory! It's really just a long heart-to-heart chat and journal entry mixed into one (which you can now listen to as a podcast!). I chat about something… Continue reading video || a journal entry about journal entries + how i take notes to have better conversations

things i learned, writing

writing || a collection of quotes & reminders: on breaks, productivity, goal setting, simplicity, expectations, and doing

I started a new series on my Instagram page last month to share bite-sized life lessons. Here is a compilation of the thoughts I've written down so far... on breaks The key to being motivated and productive? Knowing when not to be. The past four months have been fantastic in teaching me this. Not having… Continue reading writing || a collection of quotes & reminders: on breaks, productivity, goal setting, simplicity, expectations, and doing

retellings, snapshot, things i learned

video || how i got my 2nd year EY audit internship & interview top tips

Chatting about my story and personal experience with hiring for Ernst & Young, as well as 4 of my top interview tips for internships. I'm also coming to you today from Quebec City - my boyfriend and I have moved in and gotten organized at our new place! It's been a fun week and I… Continue reading video || how i got my 2nd year EY audit internship & interview top tips

food, lifestyle, snapshot, things i learned, videos

video || why I cut down on coffee & how caffeine affects productivity

A month ago, my 6-cup aluminum moka pot temporarily went out of commission after losing an oxidation battle with the dishwasher. What followed was a week of cold-turkey ending my habitual caffeine intake, and a period of severe headaches, fatigue and unhappiness. I was experiencing Caffeine Withdrawal! This got me thinking about the effects of… Continue reading video || why I cut down on coffee & how caffeine affects productivity