5 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Me

Blaugust Day 17

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Two of my goals for last week were to get a Blogroll page up and work on my About page. Well, I didn’t get to either but conveniently Jaedia over at Dragon and Whimsy came up with the following writing prompt at the beginning of the month: 5 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Me. I am still going to work on my About page, but I figured until I get it all squared a way this prompt would be a good way for everyone to get to know me a little better.

1. I’m currently majoring in zoology and minoring in geology. The end of my undergraduate career is rapidly approaching and I’m not sure where all the time went. The next thing after getting my bachelor’s degree is graduate school (I really need to be researching graduate programs). I plan to pursue paleontology in graduate school. Before graduate school I plan to take a year off. In that year I would love to do some kind of work with animals and gain some practical experience in paleontology.

2. If you hooked me up to an IV of apple juice I would be eternally grateful.

3. I’ve never been on an airplane.

4. I’ve never broken a bone or been stung by a bee or wasp.

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5. I play the alto and tenor saxophone. Admittedly, I haven’t played my saxophone since high school. I really do miss playing and one of these days I hope to play again.

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Rambling

Blaugust Day 9

It’s incredibly easy to get stuck in the grind of life and in the process we forget what we’re moving towards. Life often gets overwhelming at times and the anxiety that pops up can come from so many places: work, education, family, friends, goals, etc. We all work so hard at maintaining. Maintaining our home, grades, careers, vehicles, hygiene, diet, and the list goes on. All these things are important but many times not all are moving us forward. I highly recommend reading this post by Julie and Brett Bean that goes into this in a little more detail.

This past year of university especially spring term which ended in June was filled with anxiety, burnout, and malaise. I should have enjoyed Spring term more than I did. I was taking some great classes particularly paleobiology and vertebrate physiology. And I did enjoy these classes- the content was interesting, the professors were fantastic, and the classes directly pertained to my career goals. Yet, I found myself wanting to do other things than study. I would rather draw, watch drawing videos on YouTube, read about technology, and read blogs.

I repeatedly thought to myself if I love these subjects, if I plan to pursue a career where this content will be relevant- why can’t I focus? Why can’t I find the joy in studying and doing assignments? Had my interests and goals shifted and along the way I forgot to send myself a memo about the change.

I think instead my interests have expanded, and I need to learn how to better nurture each one without losing perspective.

The point that I’m trying to make is don’t forget what you’re moving toward. Don’t forget what you love. You may not have found your passion or your purpose yet, I know I haven’t, but chances are you know a general direction in which you want to move, and if so, then you and I are in the same boat.

At this point inspiration has ceased and my thoughts are all jumbled up, but I will be revisiting this topic and related ones in the future. So, I’ll leave you with a quote.

Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful. Your life is always moving toward something.

Ralph Marston


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