One of my favourite things about having my own office space (aside from the wonderful people I share it with) is getting to decorate the pinboards. I actually share one pinboard with Tina, who I sit next too, and these are the recent additions.
If you have read some of my previous posts or follow me on Instagram, you have probably gathered that I really like a good quote! With everything that has happened in the last 9 months I have been saving any quotes that I find that relate to going through hard times. These are my current favourite 8. “Of all the […]
If you are unsure what this post is about- read here. *** Everyone asks me how I am. People close to me ask me “how are you, really?”. Which is a great question as they see through my generic “I’m okay” response. The truth is, I am both okay and not okay at the same time. I am okay in the sense that I am holding it together. However, I am also not okay as I am sad, angry, confused, and exhausted. I am genuinely so exhausted. Carrying around grief, literally feels like the weight of the world is on my shoulders (which is a saying I always thought was so odd), it makes everyday tasks so much more tiring than normal. Whenever, I am watching a TV show and a character suffers a loss (particularly the death of a loved one), I always just want to fast forward to the part where they are okay again. I hate watching these fictional characters suffer. Now it is me suffering. And now I realise that it is going to take a really long time to “be okay” (I can’t just skip forward to season four) and that I don’t think I will ever “be okay”…well not in the same way that I used to be. Although, I said I’m sad, and angry, and confused, above all of those feelings I just miss Jake. I miss spending time doing nothing with him, […]
What happens when one thing, one unbelievably crappy, unimaginable thing, changes everything? A couple of weeks ago I lost my partner who I had been with for eight years in an accident. I lost the person I was excited about spending the rest of my life with. I lost the person I had spent almost a third of my life up to this point with. I know that I don’t normally write personal blogposts, but I needed to write this one, not for you, but for me. Putting things on paper has always helped me. Plus, Jake was the one who encouraged me to start this blog, and I am determined to keep it going. And hopefully even keep it growing. Although I think that often the words that can be offered in these situations are unnecessary, the words I have found comfort in are quotes, as I think quotes have a way of summarising how I feel, maybe even better than I can myself. I was scrolling tumblr when I came across this quote: “it a curious thing, the death of a loved one… it is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things.”- Lemony Snicket This quotes resonates with me, because I […]
Although some of these quotes are old and (arguably) overused, the way I interpret them make them oh so relevant for the PhD journey. “Pick your battles” I think this is a motto that relates to so many aspects of my life: Home life, my conservation work, and most definitely my PhD work. Pick a different battle each day to […]
It’s What I Do- Lynsey Addario Quick overview: Lynsey is a photojournalist who spent much of her career in areas devastated by war. The book follows her journey throughout the different places she worked. Review: I enjoy autobiographies, but tend to read wildlife/conservation related ones. However, I really liked this one. It is written in a way that made me feel […]
Here is a list of my favourite conservation quotes that I hope will make you think… (including two originals) “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”- Margaret Mead “Vitamin Sea is good for the soul, essential for planet Earth & vital for our […]