Scientific research is a real complicated venture. Some days your experiments work and you are on a roll. On other days you never observe what you were expecting. This is not necessarily a bad thing, many phenomena were found this way either as something that hindered an experiment from working or as a mistake. Sometimes when you cant see things go your way in the lab you try again and again and again but if the trend is not seen again it might have been just a fluke! Sigh!
You cant continue wasting time and money on something that cant be reproduced so what do you do? You move on to another project, something else that shows better results and a promise of a real find in the future. Most researchers know this but when it actually happens in your work you feel like you are giving up and maybe if you would run the protocol one more time you would see good results ...at least I do. My work is my baby its just hard to move on after a failed attempt but hey you learn from it and re-doing it a hundredth time is not going to make something magically appear. Moving on doesn't mean giving up on the project or forgetting it. It means while you work on other scientific endeavors you keep the other idea at the back of your head, at the back burner. Who knows maybe one day you might come back to it with fresh eyes and new perspectives.
I guess the same applies to other things in life, sometimes if things are not working its better to move on. Being stuck and obsessing on the same thing does not help change it. New ideas come while you are already working
So it was my birthday a couple of days ago. I had a blast and obviously a moment of self reflection. I decided to make a list of the things I think are important that I have learnt so far.
My morning song these days ...
An ode to all women out there; You are all beautiful just the way you are! "You and I" is one of my favorite songs off of John Legend's latest album and then this video comes out! No words to describe this. Just wonderful!
I try to save but as we all know sometimes you get sidetracked and you forget to put some money in the piggy bank or nowadays in the savings account. Its hard to see money you have just earned go into another account and sit there to wait for the rainy day. It always seems like a good idea to use it now doesn't it? Well its a bad idea... save that ish! Winter is coming!! ( I stopped watching Game of thrones after the Red wedding episode but I am still a sucker for that line ;) Ok so for those who have never watched it by "Winter", I mean hard times or surprise expenses like a broken computer, losing your phone or even being laid off. You always need some moneys stashed away to cushion you from the unexpected financial blows.
I had a wake up call when I was reading #Girlboss. Sophia Amoruso talks about how you should do a direct deposit directly into your savings account every time you get paid. You wont miss money that you never saw! Good point! She says she got the idea of saving 10% of your salary from the book The richest man in Babylon which someone has already been trying to make me read for a year now and its on my long list of books to read!
She explains it very well... but how can you put away money if you use it all up anyways? There has to be a way for you to use it wisely so you can put the 10% in your your savings account! This is what I have discovered works for me the best.
Have fun saving!
I feel like making stuff and i have inspiration now!
Back in boarding school we had to make our beds every morning before breakfast or you would get into serious trouble when the Sister in charge or the matrons came for inspection. This meant that before 6.30 am you were showered, dressed and your room in order. When I started undergrad my roommate always asked why I bothered making my bed every morning if no one was there to inspect me anymore. I thought about this and couldn't come up with a proper answer but I still continued to do it! It had been ingrained in my being after years of Catholic school. However by the time I graduated university, I had stopped making my bed and my roommate was the one who had caught the making the bed in the morning bug from me and she loved it. I am still trying to get my mojo back! Baby steps!
Then as luck would have it I came upon this UT Austin commencement speech by a Navy Seal about why making your bed every morning really does matter. The speech is about 10 life lessons from the Navy training but what tugged at my heart was the part about making my bed.
According to Naval Adm. William McRaven;
" If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.
By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you cant do the little things right you will never be able to do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day you will come home to a bed that is made ...that you made ...and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow things will be better. So if you want to change the world start off by making your bed!"
Need to get some work done! Lots of work actually but I kinda sorta don't feel like it. Hmmm if only I had a pretty looking workspace to motivate and inspire me maybe just maybe I would get things done but in the meantime I might as well procrastinate by drooling over these pretty desks! One day Baby one day! Still working on mine