Friday, March 5th, 2010

Saying No


I'm terrible at this. It's my biggest weakness, but also - the source of so many experiences and opportunities. So I can't embrace saying no fully for fear of missing out. But certain things lately have made me think that I need to say no more. Like, crossing campus on a hectic day when I have ...

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

The Roles We Play

spread of postits

There's an exercise in 7 Habits where you have to list your different "roles" and  things you need to do for each of them. Here are mine (in no particular order): Grad student Teaching Assistant Ski instructor President of WISE Job seeker Girlfriend Daughter Friend Skier Kickboxer Workshop creator Programmer Nice (i.e. helping other people) Blogger Information diffuser Member of tech community And I look at this list, and think, no wonder ...

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

3 Books That Changed My Perspective

Day 14 - Visual Representation of a Reading List

I recently finished reading What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 (Amazon) by Tina Seelig. It's a wonderful and inspiring book, and I'm going to write a little about how it inspired me, but I also want to touch on two other books that changed the way I look at things. The God Delusion ...

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Would You Give Up Your Blog?

I have this fear: when I graduate I will have nothing to blog about. But reading about Forrester's move lately has left me pondering a different question - what if taking a great job, meant ending my blog. I don't think I would - would you? Forrester is (slightly) different because it's to do with IP, but ...

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Not (Quite) Having a Meltdown


I've had a rough couple of weeks. I was told my work didn't make a contribution, went through a rocky patch with my boyfriend, had loads of events for WISE, including one huge, never been done before one, had the whole job search and resume writing process, wrote a paper in just over a week, ...

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The Importance of Perspective

Kuta Lombok High View

I read this great article on Study Hacks recently, it's called Beyond Passion: The Science of Loving What You Do and is part of a series he's doing. In one, he was looking for people who love what they do and I marked it to come back to because that's me - I love what ...

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Expat Adventures in Romance

Departure (explored!)

I'm scheduling this post for Valentines day, when I'm sure the blogosphere (and everywhere else) will be full of romance. I'm not a big fan of Valentines day, myself. Last year I was in Japan with the Passive Aggressive, wondering if her inability to even go to the corner shop by herself would cause me to ...

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Dream Big or Go Home

Milky Way

I've been thinking a lot lately about having dreams, in the context of graduating and finding a job. What is my dream job? What is the difference between a good job and a great job? What's the chance that I'll fail? Is that saying true, you know, the one that says "aim for the moon, even if ...

Sunday, February 7th, 2010


climbing in red rocks silhouette

How do you define progress? As a grad student, the weeks I spend reading papers and thinking don't feel like progress - it's the week, or day, or hour, when things start to come together that does. In going back to training, it's not the gradual improvements in fitness and energy. It's when I can train ...

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