I’m sure if you are regular readers or Instagram followers you would realise that lately I have definitely been fulfilling the ‘adventure’ part of dr.ofwhat’s tagline. I have been trying to get out and explore as much as I can and this time it was a short two-night trip to the Big Apple of Australia, Sydney. YHA Bondi- We stayed […]
When I first started my PhD two years ago, I heard whispers about a so called “PhD slump”. About how in the middle of the PhD journey people want to scream, and cry, and give it all up. I thought it was a myth, something that happens to a few people, something that would never happen to me because I […]
6:36am– Lately most of my week days have been starting around 6:20am- mainly because the undergraduates are back at uni and they take all the car parks unless you arrive on campus early. 8:49am– I have arrived at uni and have already walked over to my favourite cafe for my caffeine hit. I’m now going to draft a friend’s job […]
Doing a PhD, or working in other academia/science jobs, means lots and lots of writing, including writing scientific articles. I am currently in the process of writing up my first study, and I have been struggling with writer’s block. So these are my tips to overcome it: Do the small stuff first- Make sure you have finished the ‘small stuff’ […]
Indoor plants aren’t just visually pleasing (& great for Instagram pictures) – there’s a few psychological benefits hidden among their leaves too: Stress reduction Are you a fan of red-flowering geraniums? If you would describe yourself as a ‘stressed woman’, then your answer most certainly should be yes. A 2002 study(1) revealed that red-flowering geraniums may promote faster and more […]
There weren’t many things that I knew I wanted to do after losing Jake. Literally all of my plans changed. They flipped completely upside down. Well, almost all of them. Perhaps the only two things I knew I wanted to do were finish my PhD, and to get away for a little while (well more accurately, get away as […]
I made my Bucketlist when I turned 24 in October last year, and I am proud to say that I have been ‘walking the walk’ and have already ticked off 4 items (see below). Hopefully more can be achieved before my next Birthday! Visit Iceland See a wild Orca Get better at surfing Write a book Present at a conference Go to a World Surf League event See a wild polar bear See the Northern Lights Visit Antarctica Get my diving certification Swim with whale sharks Publish my research Swim with manta rays Visit Uluru Be on TV Get better at snowboarding Visit Seattle See a wild blue whale Help create an ethical tourism organisation and/or work for one Live in New Zealand for a little while Do a van road trip See snow falling from the sky Visit Hawaii Get my PhD!