The New Four Letter Word: Busy

November 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

This has to be the one thing I struggle most with. Working toward a PhD is demanding. I like to think of myself as someone who values health, cooking, good food, exercise, getting outdoors etc. But I’m learning, regrettably through much trial and error, that I can only ask so much of myself each day without sacrificing my health. Staying up until 2…4…6am to meet deadlines that fit around someone else’s schedule isn’t prioritizing my health. I have to own up to the fact that agreeing to unrealistic deadlines is my choice and that saying ‘no’ is a really important decision that I need to start being comfortable making. I’ve posted about the word ‘busy’ in the past, but this wonderful article from Port Moody Integrated health was a timely reminder for me. This is the passage that hit home for me:

“Our days are full of choices and decisions.  Every decision we make, we are also making a decision to not do something else.  We don’t have time to do everything we want to do everyday, but we do have time to do everything that we value as important.  If eating healthy meals, exercise, drinking water, sleep, are not valuable to you, then chances are that you will fill up the time with what is more important.  Even if we could add hours onto the day, you would still fill that time with what is important to you.  When you decide that health is important, you will find the time to do the steps necessary to take care of your body.”

via The New Four Letter Word: Busy | Port Moody Integrated Health.


Words of Note

April 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

Neil Gaiman’s convocation address to The University of the Arts.

“First of all: When you start out on a career in the arts you have no idea what you are doing.

This is great. People who know what they are doing know the rules, and know what is possible and impossible. You do not. And you should not. The rules on what is possible and impossible in the arts were made by people who had not tested the bounds of the possible by going beyond them. And you can” -Neil Gaiman

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April 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

What Roger Ebert knew about writing.Thumbs Up!

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Brand YOU!

April 4, 2013 § Leave a comment


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Is self-branding really a necessary strategy for success in this increasingly complex corporate world? Facebook, like MySpace before it, has precipitated a kind of mediated self-branding never before possible. Whether in the form of a pin, tweet, photo, like, or share, social networking has undoubtedly contributed to a shift in the way we market ourselves to future employers. But where is the line between promotionalism and professionalism?

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‘Long Live Home Room!’

March 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Want to know what successful people do with the first hour of their day?


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Welcome to Home Room

March 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

It was the first class of the day. You would show up and mostly chat with your friends, while your poor teacher tried to instill you with some of the basics for surviving the ‘real world’.


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Planning For When (not if) Disaster Strikes

March 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

The first thing I tell my students about deadlines is that disaster will strike.


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