If you think you can’t, you’re right

My dad was always saying “If you think you can, or think you can’t, either way you’re right”. He even had it engraved in a rock on his office desk. On his 65th birthday, in April 2013, he was looking forward to enjoying his retirement, getting involved with a bunch of “seniors” groups and travelling. … Continue reading If you think you can’t, you’re right

I deleted Twitter off my phone

This blog of mine had its first year anniversary last week. I was going to write a post reflecting about life 12 months on and whether blogging is worth the effort (short answer: it is). But instead, to celebrate, I found myself doing something quite drastic…. I deleted twitter (and facebook) off my phone. Why … Continue reading I deleted Twitter off my phone

Navigating the murky waters of the Mid-PhD Slump

The mid-PhD slump. That is where I’m at. 1,329 days ago I started this part-time PhD; on paper it’s been 3,800 hours – and I still have approximately 3,400 to go….sigh…..The slump itself is eloquently described in this post by Sophie Arthur I read a recently. There’s probably a number of potential reasons for my particular slump. Other … Continue reading Navigating the murky waters of the Mid-PhD Slump

The Travelling Academic

I’ve returned from my recent trip exhausted and exhilarated all at the same time (is there a name for that feeling?) This travelling business is something academics are expected to do, and can benefit greatly from, but it can add to the uncertainty of our academic lives, and for me, it came at a great cost: … Continue reading The Travelling Academic

Sharing my research with the world

Today I’m writing from grey and wet London (where this summer’s day is strangely like the grey and wet Sydney I left 48 hours ago). I’ve learnt a lot in the last few days about both travelling and Londoner’s (eg. Although they drive on the left hand side of the road, when walking on footpaths, … Continue reading Sharing my research with the world

Opportunity in overalls (or a labcoat)

Have you ever had an opportunity come up, where you thought “hmm, that would be great, but I could never do that”? An opportunity that makes you feel both delight and dread; passion and panic? That’s how I felt when I first saw this. https://twitter.com/SoapboxScience/status/686594133260120064 Who were these confident women and how could I possibly … Continue reading Opportunity in overalls (or a labcoat)

In defense of being part-time

  Today I’ve made a resolution. I will no longer use the word:when telling people about my Phd…. “oh I’m only part-time”….It’s a subtle word, but has a lot of connotations behind it; that part-time is somehow lesser or not as good as full-time (it’s not) , that it’s not a big deal (it is) … Continue reading In defense of being part-time

The #3MinutePaper Challenge

So I have this problem. I started a blog to write about science, but at this point, I haven’t actually written much about science. For starters there is so much to read and write about that I’m not sure where to start, and secondly, I wonder who am I really aiming this blog at? Obviously … Continue reading The #3MinutePaper Challenge

Piecing together the literature

So how did you spend New Years? Fireworks? Drinks? Friends and Family? Yeah me too..... until the 9pm fireworks; but soon after the kids were in bed, followed by a tired husband..... So I feel pretty safe in the assumption that I am the only person in the world who stayed up to midnight to see the close of one … Continue reading Piecing together the literature