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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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Motivation Monday–Day 22 of photography challenge

It was one of those days, where I felt like I was running like a hamster in the exercise wheel. It was cooler than yesterday (which is fine, this is winter), but there really wasn’t any sun out. I think that without the sun at times, I feel more run down (even though I do take a vitamin D supplement in the morning), and prone to giving into the sweet tooth a little more than I should.

This week’s motivation quote

It was nice to come home and find that one of the packages that I had ordered had come in–within it was some more stickers for my journal/planner. I like trying to put a good motivational sticker at the start of each week; that way when I look to see how I’m doing with various habits I can glance at the sticker.

This one in particular resonated with me today for two reason: (1) I’m trying to get back into shape and into some type of fitness and nutrition routine, and it is something that you have to keep working at day after day; and (2) I’m also trying to really start working on my job hunting for the next science position, since my current one is up around Thanksgiving (I really don’t want to be on unemployment again if I can help it).

I’ve been reading different books, and its funny how they can differ so much when it comes to the idea of habits, and will power. They both agree that will power is a finite source, and then they differ on whether you should be trying to make new habits or just “letting go” of ones that don’t work for you (which to me means–making new habits). Habits don’t just disappear, they’re “written over” with new ones; and if you don’t keep up with the new habits, they can “disappear” and the old ones “reappear”.


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