What’s New?

There’s nothing quite like a conversation with your grandparent to make you stop and smell the roses. I called (or “phoned” as my Canadian friends would say) my grandmother the other day… we try to catch up about once per week.  I love these conversations we have, but usually they end up just about the same every  time.

Grams asked me, “What’s new?

I have the type of Grandparents that just love to hear about all the things my brother and I are doing. Living vicariously? Maybe. But we’re the only grandkids so I get it.

The first words out of my mouth? “Not much”.

Wrong. So wrong.

She follows up with a “How’s AV’s job going?” It’s common knowledge in my family that he is a work horse.

I fill her in, “Oh, he’s starting a new job”. My grandmother gives me an “Oh, really” and I continue to explain that he’s been working insane hours (what else is new?) because his company is being sold and he’s in charge of the financial statements blah blah blah. And in the midst of all this, during a lunch time meeting with a old colleague, he got offered a new job he couldn’t refuse. Perfect.

My Grams goes on to ask how MY job is going. “Oh, I got a new job too!” She gives me another “Oh, really!”. I went on to explain how I finally got offered a transfer to a clinic closer to where I live and that soon I will not have to make my hour long commute anymore. HOORAY.

Just when I think I filed in my Grams about all that was going on, she went and asked about how the house was coming along. “Well, we’re starting our renovation on our bathroom…” Because who doesn’t love renovating their only bathroom. #INeedAVacation

Somehow being “in the weeds” so-to-speak of the craziness it all really doesn’t seem that overwhelming. I am anxiously (read: nervous excitement) waiting the results from my board exam as well as the start of my new job. I hope I love it as much as I anticipated (I spent a lot of effort making it happen). I pray that everything works out ok in the remodel…ie: no major issues. But this isn’t an HGTV show, so I think we’re in the clear.  Once the bathroom is done, we will be moving on to our next project(s) including replacing our windows, painting and furnishing our house.

Bottom line with all of this. I am actually kinda nervous. Nervous for my new job. For AV’s new job. That the bathroom will finish on time and that it will be what we wanted.

And as much as the nervous excitement/anxiousness is draining, it’s also energizing. I figure…in a few short weeks, I could be working at my dream job and be coming how to a beautiful bathroom. AV and I have learned SO MUCH in the last few weeks about career navigation and even more about salary negotiations (coming to the blog soon about this) that I am thankful we are taking this giant leap of change in stride.

So what’s new? A whole lot. But ‘new’ and ‘change’ are the name of my game…and I’m ready!

*** And because a post isn’t a post without a picture…a little update on the bathroom!!!

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Bathroom Remodel (The Before!)

When AV and I put an offer on our house, we knew that the shower didn’t work. We also knew that the bathroom was UGLY as all get out.

Ugly on multiple different levels. There were so many shades of green between the tile and paint. The vanity was extremely low to the point I worried about the long term health of our backs. I know..the physical therapist in me can’t help it.

The bathroom had to go. But we also knew that we couldn’t “lose” the house over a silly little issue like the only shower not working. This post could also be titled “You know you are buying a house in a competitive market when...” So we bought the house and decided to tackle the project ourselves with the plan to have part of the renovation done before we move in.

Enter: Hysterical laughing at the last statement.

You may be thinking…But, Trish, you’ve been living in your house for months now? Without a functioning shower?!

Yes, blog reader…Yes.

And while I love my regular exercise that I’ve been getting (No really, I do. I’m a PT) I am getting sick of showering at the gym.

I am happy to report that we have FINALLY started our bathroom renovation this week. The end is in sight. And I wouldn’t be a blogger with out a before post. So here ya go!

The before:

Bathroom Remodel Before

Bathroom Remodel Before

My 5 Top Tips for Getting Into Grad School (Nothing To Do with GPAs!!)

The number one topic I get emailed about is about how I style my khaki pants.

No, just kidding. Clearly.

It’s getting into grad school.  Which are emails I love getting by the way!

Higher education is something that I feel beyond grateful for. I am extremely passionate about it too.  I think education is invaluable and I am so thankful that I have had the opportunities that I have. Even though it’s unbelievably expensive, I still find it worth it…which is why I said here, that I love my student loans.

I was “lucky” enough to get into PT school on my first attempt. And I say “lucky” because I do think there’s a hint of luck in getting into graduate school and at the same time I think this quote definitely applies to admission as well.



“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” – Thomas Jefferson


 My 5 Top Tips For Getting Into Grad School

Getting Into Grad

1. Apply early and broadly. I think it’s a critical step to apply as early as possible, regardless if the school uses rolling admissions or not. Being a first application means that you can be sure they have not filled their class already and also it allows  you to “fix” anything in your application if need be. Like, if you forgot to submit something. Applying broadly was a key to my success (I think). Do not make assumptions on where you think you will get in vs where you think you won’t. I got into the “top” two schools I applied to (Regis and Columbia) and I didn’t get in to smaller programs without a reputation. Go figure. Apply broadly. Just do it.

2. Do Your Research. Each school is unique, and subsequently they want unique things from their candidates. For example,  if the school is a Jesuit University, make sure you know what that means. It is VERY important to them that their students embody the Jesuit tradition.  For different reason, determine what the school is known for (service, leadership, research, etc) and make sure that all aspects of your application reflect your abilities to be able to succeed with those traits in mind. Ultimately, you become a reflection of that University. Make sure you know what they are looking for. ***Note…this means that you shouldn’t have a “One fits All” application. Even if using a centralized application service, change your essays to be individualized for the school with secondary apps. SO SO SO important!!

3. Make it Your Job. Applying to graduate school is like a part-time job. You volunteer. You study for your entrance exam. You get references.  You research. You travel. Blah Blah Blah. It takes a lot of time. I took a few hours off each week from my job (the one that paid) and moved back home to have a cheaper rent. Do want you have to give yourself some time to do this once. I lost money by working a little less, but it paid off in the long run because I became a PT faster.

4. Get a Second Opinion on EVERYTHING. Nothing looks worse than sending in an application with typos and grammatical errors. I know I must do it frequently here on the blog.  Fortunately for me,I already went through graduate school. Get someone to read every last word of your application. It’s something that could get your app tossed right away and you just wasted $100s on your application fee.

5. Ace Your Entrance Exam. I know, I know. The exams are dumb. “They don’t test your knowledge” and “They aren’t a good measure of who is going to be a good Doctor/Lawyer/PT etc”. But no matter what the test is, I strongly think this is an important step of getting in. I will say, I do know that test scores aren’t everything (Ie…plenty of people get in to school with “bad” scores”). This is the bottom line about test scores though: They are the ONLY thing that is uniform/standard among applicants. THE ONLY THING. Unless you took the same classes, from the same school, at the same time, and got the same grades. But that doesn’t happen, right?  No two people share the same personality/GPA (from the same exact classes + school)/ Volunteer experience/work experience…but we all take the same exam. Something to think about! ***How I got into the 90th Percentile on the GRE with these tips!***

Now, I’m no expert on the matter, but these are tips that when I mentor prospective grad students, they seem to work time after time. It’s important to realize that there are more good candidates than there are spots. Which sucks. But it’s reason to not get frustrated on the process and be even more focused on the process.

Good luck to all that are applying!!

Let the Madness Begin + NEW Ad Options (Including 50% off + a Chance to Win A Free Ad Space)

I love March. LOVE. And today is the start of why I love it so much: Selection Sunday!

If you’ve been around this blog for a while you would know that I was a cheerleader in college (story about that HERE). I just love Gonzaga basketball and I am pumped to see my Zags in the big dance this year.

college cheerleading

To celebrate selection Sunday and my move to Adproval (from Passionfruit) I am offering the following sales for Selection Sunday only (24 hours). Check out reviews from past sponsors and how to buy the ads HERE.

+ 50% off for the first person (one code only) who take “The Pants In-Post Ad” space with promo code: “GOGONZAGA”

+30% off for the next 3 people for “The Pants In-Post Ad” space with promo code: “#GOZAGS”

+To one lucky winner…I’m offering 1 month FREE for “The Shorts Sidebar Ad”. I am going to randomly select the winner for this…please leave a comment below (with your email) answering the following:

Who are you cheering for in March Madness this year? 

I promise your answer won’t bias my selection ;)

Go ZAGS!!!

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 *** Sale runs until 2pm on 3/16/15.

Creating A Flawless Finish with Evian Facial Spray

Creating a professional look that lasts all day is a must for me. And I have to say, it’s not always easy.

An average day for includes lifting various people/body parts, demonstrating exercises, and non-stop moving. It’s easy for my make-up to look a bit different… come the end of the day.

Enter Evian Facial Spray.

Evian Facial Spray | www.beyondthekhakipants.com

This stuff is amazing…and I am super picky when it comes to products that I put on my face.  From studying, working, meetings, and errands, life has been a bit hectic lately and this stuff has not only kept my makeup looking great but also keeping me refreshed and awake without caffeine. Seriously. Why did I not have this stuff the last time I took a test?!

When it comes to the makeup side of things, these are the top three reasons why this should be in your makeup bag:

1. Creates bold colors. I love pairing this with shadows and powder eye liners.  Something that I wear every work day is Trish McEvoys’s eye defining powder (I have it in three colors). Using the eye defining power with Evian spray creates a deeper and richer color across the eye, perfection! Some times I lightly spray my eyes and then blend the eye definer into my lashes but it also works great by lightly spraying the brush and then applying as usual. Either way, the color comes out darker and more defined.


2. It helps blend. If you’re like me in the morning, makeup needs to be done stat! And when things get done fast, that means that often things don’t get blended well either. A quick spray of Evian does the trick to even out foundation lines around the chin as well as contouring on the cheek.  When going for a bolder look around the eye, Evian Spray also makes it easy to blend different eye shadows for a perfect day-to-night look.

3. It helps refresh and set make up. Half way through the day when you start looking a little…tired, enter Evian Spray to the rescue again. It helps refresh the skin and blend original make up with any touch ups. It also has a way to invigorating the skin without a 3PM cup of coffee.

Over the last few weeks, this product has followed me around in my work bag and purse. I use it for the make up benefits but also because it feels just so dang good on the skin. While the rest of the country is being caked in snow, it’s actually been quite nice and sunny here in the Pacific Northwest. (We lie about how much it rains here as a way to manage the traffic).  A light spray of this stuff on a warm afternoon is heavenly.  Now, if only Summer would start I’d be set.


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