Endings and Beginnings

My contract at work ends 31st March 2024. As with a lot of university roles, both academic and professional services, my role was project funded so when the project ends so does the funding to pay my wages. It is not truly a pleasant working environment in that respect, many […]

You’re stronger than you think

This phrase is on a sticker at the top of today’s page of my TN daily journal. I need to remember it, daily. Remember it when I look at my lit review and wonder what to write next. Remember when I think of my upcoming Confirmation Panel and the butterflies […]

Coping with Fears and Uncertainty

I had a supervision meeting last week, the topics of appraisals, conferences, and vivas came up … and my squirrel brain went into immediate chase-the-tail mode. Breathe. I am so lucky to have supervisors I can share my fears with, although I could feel the tears prickling the far recesses […]

Breathing Space

I refuse to allow any guilt over taking some breathing space over the holidays. Do you hear that Mr Guilt? I am not listening to your insidious whispers. I needed the rest, to allow myself to recover from everything that’s been happening, personally, family, work, health … and I feel […]

Lifting Heavy Things

Life can feel so weighted down sometimes (or often), these last two years of pandemic and lockdowns and masks has been a drain on my energy and a feeder of my anxieties. I need to (want to) do something to make the heavy things feel lighter. I’ve known that between […]