Personal & Professional Growth

Over the past seven years I’ve realized/learned several things about myself:

  1. My top ‘strength’ is learner (via Clifton Strengths Assessment)
  2. I ‘lost’ touch with that strength on and off over the years (usually due to ‘bad’ fits in terms of employment)
  3. Another part of the problem: I’m a fast learner; in addition–I never really advocated for myself after mastering something (and then promptly getting bored with the technique/topic/project) for additional projects
  4. I’m more of a questioner/rebel in terms of how I work with people (based off the four tendencies quiz and book by Gretchen Rubin) and I don’t really do that well with people that are strong ‘upholders’.
  5. I’m also an multipotentialite–meaning I need a variety of projects going on during the day to be ‘happy’.

One might have noticed that I’ve ‘changed’ the name of the page from ‘personal development’ to ‘personal & professional growth’. Mainly because the word ‘development’ can at times have a ‘negative’ vibe to it–as in making one feel like they have a longer ‘path’ to something. Saying ‘growth’ means you already feel like you’re in whatever profession (for example science, health, & medical writing)–but you want to ‘grow’ and become a better writer to earn more money. You don’t have to develop–you just need to ‘grow’ your skill set or your portfolio.

Therefore, I view personal (and professional) growth as not only an continuous journey of learning & exploration–but two sides of the same coin (me). One side may get more ‘attention’ at times and that is fine–but I’d realized over the past several years that for a good chunk of my life–I was focusing a little too much on professional aspects of life (namely trying to establish some type of career in the biological sciences in higher education) that I was ignoring growth within the ‘personal’ side of things.

It was only after I basically hit the ‘burnout’ wall, that I realized I needed to find a better balance or harmony between the different areas of life: hence the development and evolution of my blog/website.

This page/tab is going to be dedicated to certain aspects of personal/professional growth, such as intellectual health, financial health, occupational health, and environmental health (emotional/mental, physical, and spiritual health are covered under health and wellness). Social health topics will show up as blog posts here and there.

The four topics chosen (intellectual health, financial health, occupational health, and environmental health) are broad; I have chosen to explore certain ‘subtopics’ such as:

Personal finances (again somewhat broad, I will hopefully be narrowing it down to a couple of sub-subtopics in the coming weeks)

Minimalism (can also be tied into personal finances)

Time and project management

Online learning (summaries and opinions on different e-courses/programs bought over the years)

Crafts and Hobbies (which may or may not become linked to other outside ‘stores’ at some point in the future).

These topics can also be tied in with some of the items I had on my ‘everything else’ bucket lit and those items include:

  1. Learn at least one foreign language
  2. Have my own business
  3. Find a job I love or create the job I love
  4. Write a book (or at least try)
  5. Plant a tree
  6. Take a class I’ve always wanted
  7. Fly a kite
  8. Eat a fried dessert at a state fair
  9. Make time to learn a new skill once every two-to-three months
  10. Make a candle
  11. Make soap
  12. Develop a passive income stream
  13. Create a flower arrangement
  14. Make mosaic art
  15. Try to beat a world record
  16. Learn how to juggle
  17. Create your own jewelry
  18. Learn how to cross-stitch
  19. Overcome at least one big phobia/fear
  20. Start a herb garden
  21. Start a veggie/fruit garden
  22. Participate in a charity walk
  23. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  24. Create necklaces (or bracelets) and donate them
  25. Ride in a hot air balloon
  26. Give a public speech (or a talk at a conference)
  27. Paint, frame, and possibly sell your own paintings

Items from the ‘bucket list’ will show up as either blog posts and/or pages. They may even show up on other social sites as well. This page will be dedicated to the areas of personal (and professional) development that I’ve usually pushed to the side over the years as I was trying to establish myself as an academic molecular and cellular biologist.