Needless to say, blogging has taken a back seat in my world over the last year or so. Why is that?
Well, it’s many things. First, it was adjusting to a new job outside in a new city. The relocation put me closer to my partner, so that now he and I are able to spend most weekends together. So my weekend time began to fill. During that first year, I was also trying to create consistency in fitness endeavors; it was something important to not just my physical health but my mental health as well. And speaking of, then I needed to take some time to work on mental health. There were seismic shifts in my personal and professional life in a short time, and I needed to address coinciding issues.
As I began to feel I was settling in, I began to feel I wanted to find some new way to contribute to communities I felt connected to. An opportunity presented itself, as I saw a call for applications for an editor-in-chief of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) newsletter. I decided to throw my hat in, and just over a year ago, I started volunteering in that capacity. Although it’s a quarterly publication, there are aspects I have to pursue and maintain in the intervening periods too.
Then there are the times I just have to turn my brain off. Or take care of laundry. Or check in with family. Or organize my space. Or…
As a blogger, I’ve never been great with posting consistency. Other things in life encroached on the time I used to put into this blog. The more recent spate came at a time when I also began re-examining what this blog should be about. I am no longer on the academic track. I’m not even a research scientist anymore. There are still experiences I want to share, that I hope someone out there will find useful. There are still many issues I care about, but the way I want to approach them – the way I need to approach them – has changed, and that approach takes more time.
I wish I could I commit more time to this space. And I know it’s more often about carving out time for the things I prioritize. So I’m going to try. I have some ideas and strategies. Now it’s a matter of implementation.
In the meantime, a few glimpses at some things I’ve been doing over the past year:
- Finished a marathon, this time under 5 hours (barely but still)
- Visited Paris – a week after the November attacks
- Presented a poster at the AAAS Meeting
- Attended the NPA Annual Meeting
- Had a miserable half marathon (cold, wet, and slow)
- Led a session at the ASBMB Graduate/Postdoc Professional Development Program
- Broke 2 hours in half marathon for the first time
- Caught up with old friends and colleagues on an impromptu trip to Boston
- Slogged through our first ever trail half marathon – a beast that took more than double our best half marathon time
- Took an 8-day vacation in Argentina
- Plunged into training for the next marathon (about 3 months out)
What have you been up to, dear readers?