Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a great week. It seems that winter has finally arrived in Charlotte! One of the things I love about living here is while that we still get to experience each of the four seasons here, the extremes are nowhere near as intense as they were in DC. We were spoiled with 70 degree days through the end of December; however, it seems that now winter has arrived. I am crossing my fingers for snow!
I returned to work at Wake Forest this week. I always find it tricky to readjust following the holidays, and this week was no exception. I have been sick this week and, subsequently had extra time to surf the internet. Here follows several things which were on my radar.
I came across the following quote which I plan to return to many times this year in order to motivate me. It is well said and very applicable to so many of us. Mallorie is a fellow clinical psych PhD student (!) and deserves a shout out for the inspiration. Here is what she has to say:
“Recently, I was reminded that everything I do is for me. I’m not sure if others will feel comfortable applying this to their own lives, but in mine, I am the driving force. The research, the clinical work, the writing and reading and teaching, has all been my choice. And for me, remembering that this is all my choice, and for my benefit (and no one else), has been freeing. Not because it means I can stop (because I can’t, really), but because it reminds me that I like this stuff, and I want to do it. And if I don’t, I’m the only one that I’ll be disappointing. Everything has felt incredibly forced for me, over the past few months. Remembering why I do it has been really, really useful.”
It seems like everyone we know was talking about this show. Similar to the podcast, Serial, which I have enjoyed listening to on my way to work, it is captivating. This blog post tells some fun facts about the show…but be careful because there are some spoilers down the page!
Advance warning–this is a very heavy topic. This book is the final memoir of Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgery chief resident at Stanford who died of lung cancer at the age of 38. As one of the most anticipated releases of 2016, it has received rave reviews. If the writing is anything like Paul’s previous essays (see How Long Have I Got Left and Before I Go for more), the book will be fantastic. I have pre-ordered it and cannot wait to delve into it next week. I anticipate much laughter and tears.
On a much lighter note, this tutorial guides you through how to make flying squid out of felt! My family and I had a blast playing with a similar toy (small flying rubber chickens) over the holidays and I was excited to see that we can also make our own 🙂
My amazing mother alerted me to this. The Squam community is comprised of amazing and creative individuals who gather several times each year to immersing themselves in yoga, art, good food, and connection. Most of the retreats are held at a beautiful location by Squam Lake in New Hampshire. I have wanted to attend a gathering since 2012, when I discovered the community, but have never been able to make it….but now they are bringing the community to North Carolina for an extended weekend in Nags Head! My mother and I are trying to see if we can make it as a post-graduation (masters degree) celebreation. I really hope we can swing it!
I love Emma Watson. She is intelligent, outspoken, a wonderful actress, and seems both refined and genuine. She recently announced that she is starting a Goodreads bookclub for fans and feminists alike! First up is Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road. You can find the link to the bookclub here.
What is on your radar this week?