Welcome to Plan Your Best, a blog for smart people who want practical tips on how to live an intentional and purposeful life!
I write about personal development skills that help people turn their dreams into tangible, real goals that they can achieve!
The blog is divided into three main topics: productivity, personal development, and lifestyle
In posts about productivity, I talk about the tips and tools I used to make the most out of my time.
Personal development complements productivity: if you aren’t growing as a person, it’s going to be tough to get to those big goals.
Finally, I blog about lifestyle changes that can create the space you need to become successful.
I truly believe that you can be whoever you want if you have a solid framework and strategies for the little road blocks that life throws at you.
Hi, I’m Valerie.
(and that’s Cody!)
I’m a research scientist at a university where I am getting my PhD. Hopefully within a year (fingers crossed!).
I live with my partner and our family of animals. I spent my time reading about science, blogging, drinking coffee, and doing yoga. Pretty much in that order.
Five fun facts about me:
I am a molecular biologist.
I work in research where I study how cells respond to stress. I have always been fascinated with understanding how the body works. I’m so lucky to be in this field– I knew exactly zero scientists until I was in college. So if you are wondering how to get into the biomedical science field or just want to chat with a lady scientist, email me. I could nerd out all day! But seriously.
I didn’t get a college degree until I was 31.
I went to college right after high school but dropped out and worked in retail for all of my twenties. I decided to finish my degree in chemistry in my late twenties. I’m not going to sugar coat it– not many people believed I would finish. They was definitely laughter (and not the good kind!) But I developed a five year plan and did it. It was my first taste of the power of planning and accountability. And drunk with power I was…
I’m obsessed with organization.
I really like when things are in their place. It makes me happy. Full disclosure: I am naturally a lazy, messy person. I used to be really messy but being organized reduces my anxiety so much. I used to have trouble sleeping because all of my mental clutter. Now that I have a adopted a more minimalist and organized lifestyle, I sleep like a little baby.
I am passionate about rescue animals.
I rescued my first pets five years ago. I am really passionate about pet adoption and wish I could do more. I would love to foster animals at some point.
I love fashion and lifestyle blogs.
I’m not the most fashionable person, but you would think so if you saw what blogs I follow. I just can’t get enough of the fashion bloggers.