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Photography Challenge Day 127: Monday motivation, a day late

So yesterday’s photography challenge winner was the following statement:

Good advice, and something I need reminding of.

Staying curious is almost suppose to be second nature to those who go into a science field. You never get the full answer to a question–or if you do, it also comes with raising another question. I’ve always enjoyed learning–but with staying in school for so long, I got burnt out and am now just rekindling my joy of learning and curiosity.

I actually needed to save the post and come back to it, in order to finish it. I’ve realized over the past few months that one of the things that is hindering my “staying curious” mentality is fear—fear of the unknown.

I’m not someone who usually jumps before they look. I like to try to have things mostly planned out (though allowing a little room for the spur of the moment), but I try to make sure that the “i”s are dotted and the “t”s are crossed.

This is the big block in my job transition–fear of the unknown. I have so many different thoughts racing through my head in terms of this, that it becomes overwhelming and I feel like I don’t know what I want to do with my life (other than find a good paying job that will hopefully quiet a few of the thoughts).

I realize that change is a part of life, and while we can plan and control parts of it–there is a lot of it that we can’t control. I know that I can control the next stage of my life, though it will also be realizing that I need to welcome the unknown, and know that with it I will continue to grow as a individual.

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Photography Challenge Day 2 and a note

So I had decided that today’s post was going to be some type of quote. The only problem was that I couldn’t decided on either the type of quote or the quote that I wanted to use. I have several different sets of cards that have quotes on them, so you wouldn’t think that there would be a problem. Well tonight there was–I just couldn’t find one that totally fit my mood. So instead I took a picture of the tank top that I wore today, because that quote on it totally fits both my current mood, and just how I am in general.

Now this isn’t going to be a post bashing on religion–I have plenty of friends who are religious and as long as we don’t really talk about religion we’re fine. The reason is this: I don’t believe in organized religion, especially the western ones. As far as I’m concerned it shouldn’t be that difficult to realize that killing someone is bad, stealing things are bad, and so forth. I mean if you have to be told how to behave, and then threatened with “hell” to behave–then I think you should be talking with a psychologist.

My point is this–being kind to each other can be both easy and hard. There are people that we always get along with, and then there are the people that we get along with some of the time, and then there are the people that we can’t stand but put with for a variety of reasons. Everyone has their own paths to walk, and not every path is an easy path but we shouldn’t be making each other’s paths harder if we can avoid it. I know that there are people that I have to deal with that I don’t get along with for a variety of reasons–I always try to remain polite and professional.

With the way the world is going these days, lets all try to be a little nicer to each other–that can be as simple as saying good morning when your co-workers show up (or wishing them a good evening when you’re leaving); and then being polite and holding the door for the person behind you, or giving directions to someone who is new to the area. Let’s try to spread a little more light and happiness in the world and drive out the hate and fear.

 

Also while today is national watermelon day–I think that post is going to be getting published sometime this weekend, as I’m being a total geek and adding in a little more science to my article (which means reading and summarizing a couple of research papers).

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Monday Motivation

Well it’s the start of another week–and at least work wise, it’s going to be a shortish week, as there is a mini vacation on the horizon. This is also going to be a time for me to really try to get an plan in place for job searching (trying to figure out/narrow down my “why” and my “passion”), plus try to continue reminding myself that I need to slow down and spend some time doing other things other than just working and worrying about everything.

                    Monday Motivation

This quote jumped out at me today, for several reasons: (1) The basic message that we’re all born to stand out, and that we shouldn’t try to be fitting in all the time. This really resonates with me, as growing up I was one of the kids on the “outside”; I was never part of the popular/in crowd, and I wasn’t really part of the any other group. I was quiet (for the most part), introvert, and a bookworm. It has taken me a long time, but I am starting to embrace my quirkiness (I don’t really hide the fact anymore that I’m an pagan/wicca/atheist), I enjoy crafts (though I haven’t spent as much time as I would like working on them lately), and I read what I want to read. (2) Being different is a good thing (this reminds me of a webinar series I was watching recently on networking, and they talked about stepping outside your comfort zone).

I’m going to start spending more time on both things that make me happy (crafts, photography, spending time outdoors) and balance that with job searching, personal development, professional development, and increasing my scientific understanding (reading and reviewing [short blog posts] on different scientific topics–if there is something science related [biology/biochemistry/molecular biology]–comment and I’ll do my best to answer them).

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Weekend Reminder

Well this is going to possibly be an late night post.

                           Daily Reminder

Decided that an quote/motivational saying, or just a good old fashioned positive reminder was needed after this week. This is the one that jumped out at me: “Yes, It’s possible”.

It’s possible–It’s possible to get a new job–I just have to start putting in more effort into the search, the networking, determining exactly what I want to do with my life.

It’s possible to get into better shape–I’m already on the path. I just have to continue, and that means figuring out the best nutrition and exercise programs that I will actually stick with. This is something I’ve been thinking about lately, and there may be a page dedicated to this transition (in addition to the exercise/workout page that I already have up).

It seems that as we age, we forget at times all the things we dreamed about doing when we were younger. At one point I’d dreamed that I would be a world renowned marine biologist, but then when it came time for college–I didn’t want to be taking out numerous student loans (since I didn’t have a perfect GPA or score on the college tests), so I changed my direction. I could have gone for it via grad school–but again I let something swing me a different direction.

I’m now on that pendulum again career wise, and wondering which direction is it going to swing, and which direction am I going to jump? But all I need to remember is that “It’s Possible”. I know that there is a job out there just for me, all I have to do is locate it–this will be what takes time, and I just have to be patient with the process.

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Travel Tuesday Tip

Well today’s motivation/tip actually fell into the travel motivation/tip category. I think that the picture speaks for itself. I would love to do more traveling (both domestically and internationally), but considering (at internationally) it will cost a pretty penny to travel to all the places that I have on my travel bucket list though there are several different national parks within the US that I would like to still visit.

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One of the things I need to do is to find friends that want to also travel and see different things and try to schedule road trips or something like that. Once I get back into shape I’d love to go on hiking trips with people and actually do some more camping (though its been a good fifteen plus years since I’ve actually camped outside–I think the last time was in either 2002 or 2003–I forget if the one zoology class was before or after the vacation to Mesa Verde National Park).

Currently there is only one mini trip planned for this year (though that may change depending on how the job hunt goes), and I’m settling for doing some traveling through books or the amazing photos that are posted on national geographic and other sites. As much as I’d love to just drop everything and start traveling–money is needed, and therefore a job is needed. Currently that is a 9-5, and therefore travel will always be limited for awhile.

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Monday Motivation

Well today is the last day of April (my review of the month will be coming tomorrow), and I still would like to know where all the time has gone?? How is it, we are already through a third of the year??? Well with that being said, I know that I’m going to have to kick my job search into high gear during the coming summer months, which is why I think this motto is so fitting for both today and this week:

                         Monday Motivation

There have been times when I have either talked myself out of something that I wanted to try or into something that I wasn’t a hundred percent confident on–always by saying something like “what else were you going to do? or you don’t have enough time to find something else.” But there is always a way to get to the solution–sometimes its a straight shot, other times it’s like that really curvy road that you can find yourself on and you hope that your carsick pills still work.  Right now I’m thinking that my life is that really curvy road, and while it looks like I’m back at the beginning–its only because the road has curved back–it’s going to curve forward soon–I just have to stay on the path (not jumping off and actually having to start “X” number of steps behind where I’d initially started.

I know that for my fitness and health journey–I need to start cutting back on the highly processed foods, and getting in at least a twenty minute workout daily. If I keep track of my calories (and try to keep them below 2000 [preferably below 1800]) I should be able to start seeing some of the weight fall off again as long as I’m also doing some type of workout.

As far as my job search is concerned–I have an idea of how to proceed–all I have to do is turn it into an action plan, and then actually execute that plan, and then hopefully by October I’m settling into an industry position on the east coast.

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Saturday Thoughts

Well had lunch with a friend today, and it was great to chat with someone who understands the pains of being in the sciences right now. We were both grad students at the same time, but since graduation our lives have gone different directions, and while we’re both dealing with the hands that life has dealt us–I have to admit, I’ll stick with my hand that has been dealt.

So I decided that since May is right around the corner, I needed to find some motivational sayings/quotes to try to give me the extra push needed to really start up the job searching again and to get back on track with the personal and professional development. Therefore I’ve picked several different sayings that will hopefully push me to creep out of my comfort zone and go for the type of job position that I want.

The first is a saying that is at least contributed to John Rockefeller. This is striking a cord with me, because with the job search this is one of the things that I’ve been worried about–am I going to be settling for a job because I’m scared to go for another one that is more interesting or challenging? Currently I’m thinking of going for research positions, that while they’re in my comfort zone–they would let me get into industry and I might be able to change paths once I’ve got my foot in the door.

This one speaks to me in knowing that as long as I put in consistent (and positive) effort–my dreams can come true. The main thing is to focus on the good dreams and aim to achieve them. On my vision board I have the saying “get into the best shape of my life” along with guide book for hiking the Grand Canyon–something that I have on my bucket list. I know that I have to get my nutrition dialed in and my fitness back on track and I can get into the best shape of my life (while nutrition wasn’t 100% today–I did have my shakeology for dinner instead the grilled sausage links).

So out of all those metaphorical ships that are cruising around the oceans and docking for people–I know that mine is out there somewhere, but I think it’s cloaked in a pea-soup fog, waiting for me to determine my path. Once the path is determined, if the ship doesn’t make it to port, then I’ll swim out to meet it.

This particular saying almost reminds me of Yoda from Star Wars: “Do or do not, there is no try”. This is something else that I need to work on reminding myself that “failure is just an learning experience”. I know that not every interview is going to go great, and that things will mess up on the job, and in life. I know that I can’t “fail” at my job search–either I manage to find something in industry, or I don’t; and if I don’t I will have to determine the new alternative job strategy.

The final motivational saying–basically is to remind me that I need to start going a little outside my comfort zone to be able to live life to the fullest. Does this mean that I will overcome some of my major issues??  Probably not, but I know that staying within my comfort zone is equal to “an ordinary life”–stepping out side that a little, will make it my “new” ordinary–which may not be extraordinary but will be different from what it is now.

So to sum it up, I know that I need to start edging out of my comfort zone (and will be doing this through networking), and reminding myself that staying where I’m at isn’t an option for much longer, and that there is something bigger out there for me, I just have to go and track it down.

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Wednesday Wisdom

Today’s daily dose of inspiration/wisdom is a somewhat simple, but complex statement. It’s simple in the fact that it’s something we all say to either ourselves or to someone else, when they have a problem. It is also simple in the fact that it totally makes sense, and seems like in practice it should be as simple as just saying that you’re going to change something.

                    Wednesday Wisdom

I can think of several things that I currently don’t like something of. I currently don’t like the fact that I’m out of shape and basically back to grad school weight. I don’t like the fact that I’m possibly going to be out of a job within eight months, and I’m having anxiety attacks thinking of venturing into the “unknown” of industry. I also don’t like the fact that I’m becoming extremely jaded and cynical when it comes to the state of affairs in the state I’m living in, the US, and the world in general.

I know I need to change things–but I also know that the change for them are also going to be a slow process, one that may or may not look like progress to the outside world. I’m slowly getting back into a fitness and nutrition routine (slowly trying to get back on track for working out six days a week; and if I can go without cookies or candy–I consider it a good day). I know that once I get the nutrition in check, the pounds will start coming off–I just need to try to keep eating minimally processed foods, and start eating more fruits & veggies.

I’m slowly networking and working on my transition plan for getting into industry. I actually just read another article today that had a list of books that the author read while going through their own career transition. So I went ahead and bought those books–so my to-be read “pile” on my kindle in terms of personal/professional development books is now sitting somewhere around 108 books that I want to read by Sept 2020. I’m actually probably going to be reading these newer books sooner rather than later in hopes that they help me pick the industry path that I want to go on, as hiring is up right now and it’s a good time to try to transition into industry.

As far as trying to curb my jadedness and cynicism–I need to keep up with my meditations, listening to music, and remembering that with every dark period of human history–the sun came out sooner or later. I’ll just keep my fingers cross that it is sooner rather than later.

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Tuesday Tip

So I’m switching things up in regards to my photography challenge–there are hopefully going to be a few more inspirational/motivational pictures going up instead of all cats, dogs, fish, birds, and nature (though those will still be coming as well).

                  Tuesday Tip

Today’s inspirational/motivational quote is something that I think everyone can use–a basic reminder that every day is a fresh start. As humans we seem to like to dwell on the past (yes it is good to remember important events–but the past is there for us to learn from, not repeat). There are times when I do think that as a human race we’re going to be doomed to repeat our pasts, due to that one saying ‘Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it’. So yes, we need to learn and remember–but not dwell on the fact that something bad had happened in the past (unless you have a time machine–there is little we can do about it now), we need to use it as a learning tool to make sure that some similar doesn’t happen again.

It also means that if you miss a workout, or if your nutrition isn’t spot on–tomorrow is a fresh start.

I also posted this because I needed the reminder that everyday is a fresh start.  A fresh start in my job search, my personal development journey, my professional development journey, and this blog. I know that there are days when I’m not going to do my workout, days when I don’t feel like trying to work on the job search, and that’s okay–tomorrow is another day, and it is one that has a blank slate. The daily story is whatever you want to write–it can be something fresh and new, an “edit” of a previous day, or a continuation of a previous day–the choice is yours.

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Monday Motivation: Stay Curious

Today’s photography challenge is brought to you by the weekly Monday Motivation drive. I had randomly picked several different motto of the day cards to put together as a collage for the Monday Motivation, but then saw this one and decided on doing just one today (the collage may be next week).

Monday Motivation

Today’s motivation mantra is: Stay Curious.

Now this can mean any number of things: going back to school (if you’ve graduate and are out in the work force), reading different books (check out my other post on my reading list for my 101+ Goal challenge), learning a craft, or even learning a foreign language.

Personally right now, I’m in the middle of reading numerous different books (see above), trying to carve out time to either knit, try to work on making my own jewelry, practice some photography, and I’m still looking for a good online program for learning a foreign language (I’m thinking of brushing up on my Spanish and German and then maybe learning another language as well). In addition to the different things I’m doing via professional development to try to work on my transition plan on getting an position in industry by October of this year.

I’m slowly trying to push outside of my comfort zones (and at the same time trying not to set off any panic or anxiety attacks), and staying curious is just one of the ways I’m going to accomplish that in 2018.

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