My Top 5 Fitness Sites

A large part of the impetus behind my recent foray into strength training is the great information and inspiration I found online, so I’m returning the favour. Here are my favourite fitness sites.

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Positivity Challenge Week 7: Staying Positive at Your Non-Ideal Job

Think big. Don’t settle. Find your passion. Get your dream job. Follow your bliss.

For many of us, those messages are thrown at us from a young age. We’re made to believe that we can do great things and that we shouldn’t settle for anything less. And then we’re saddled with tens of thousands in student loan debt and a worldwide economic crisis and dismal job prospects and expected to be grateful if we can even find a job.

Kind of mixed messages, hmm? Read More Positivity Challenge Week 7: Staying Positive at Your Non-Ideal Job

This Open Thread Needs Some Inspiration

When I was going through my iTunes to find a good song for tonight’s Dance Party OT, I realized that I have downloaded a paltry 31 songs since this date last year. 31! That’s 2.5 songs a month!  No wonder I feel like I’m tired of all my music; it needs freshening up. Read More This Open Thread Needs Some Inspiration

The People Who Push You

Er, I should clarify that I mean push in a good way; kind of like Tina Fey’s Ms. Norbury in Mean Girls. I think we all have people in our lives who push us toward being our best. I think sometimes it’s important to recognize who those people are, and to appreciate the impact they’ve had on our lives. Read More The People Who Push You

The Cheerfulness of a Stalwart Man: An Evening with Stephen Fry

Way back in April it was announced that Stephen Fry would be stopping in The Hague on his book tour to promote his new autobiography, The Fry Chronicles. My friend Anne and I jumped at the chance to see him live and immediately reserved our tickets at the theatre where he would be speaking. Last night, that magical moment finally arrived.

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LTP: 5/16 Monday Motivators

I’m actually writing this in the middle of the night, because the I’m the person on staff who has the hardest time meeting a 24-hour-advance deadline. (Shh! I’m hoping my charm and server-kicking skills will continue to carry me.) When most of you read this, we’ll be smack in the middle of Monday.
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Women in Academia: What Are We Doing to Ourselves?

I was out in the field yesterday collecting data for one of my projects and while I was standing on a tall bluff overlooking the ocean with the sunlight streaming through the clouds and my hair whipping across my face and into my mouth and nose, I thought – if this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is. I never expected that I’d need to remind myself of why I was doing all this in the first place, especially this early in my career but here I am and here’s what gets me through it. Read More Women in Academia: What Are We Doing to Ourselves?