A career milestone is looming ahead of me - the completion of my PhD. Although this is most definitely an exciting time for me, it's also a little stressful. It's time for me to decide on my next move. What will I do immediately following completion? Where do I want to be in five years? … Continue reading Career decisions
Thrill of the chase. That's what I've always been drawn to. There's something terribly alluring about an Indiana Jones-style career spent tracking clues and making discoveries. While my work is far from the field of archaeology, biological research is definitely filled with it's own thrills and adventures. Two days ago I wrote about the woes … Continue reading The allure of a career in scientific research
Starry-eyed at the end of my undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology, I pictured a career ahead of me in academic science research. Every day would be exciting as I came up with new ideas and tested them with experiments. I would be making groundbreaking discoveries and contributing significantly to peoples' understanding and development of medicine. … Continue reading The woes of being a scientific researcher
As the time of writing I have been well and mostly stable for a couple of months. I feel appreciative of the little things in life. There's a lightness to my day that wasn’t there when I was depressed and things are just so easy compared to when I was ill. It’s taken me a … Continue reading Things I do daily to manage bipolar disorder
I've been pondering the idea of sharing my blog with my family and friends. I imagine many of you can probably relate to the desire to keep your blogs secret. Many of us, particularly those who blog about mental illness, tend to create a pen name and don't reveal our true identities on our blogs. … Continue reading To publicize my blog or not?
A few weeks ago I harvested some of this beautiful lavender from the garden! We have a whole hedge of it lining the old dairy yard on the farm. I harvested a whole box of lavender which was far more than I needed. Some of it I used in a vase to allow the scent … Continue reading Lavender-infused jojoba oil
I'm starting a new category on my blog about medications for bipolar disorder. It'll be a mixture of posts about the different medications that are generally used, research into new medications, things I've learned about them and personal experiences where relevant. This category is primarily to share my experiences and things I've learned with you. … Continue reading Bipolar medications – new category on my blog!
Last year I had a horrible response to the anti-depressant selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) fluoxetine (marketed as Prozac or Lovan). I have bipolar disorder, so I naturally have a heightened risk for adverse effects with taking anti-depressants. I was in a very deep depression and already taking lithium when my psychiatrist suggested I try … Continue reading Adverse reaction to anti-depressant fluoxetine (Prozac)
Ever heard of "Morning Pages"? It's a journaling habit that's rapidly gaining popularity in our social media feeds. Julia Cameron first introduced the idea in her book "The Artist's Way" 25 years ago. Her blog can be found at http://juliacameronlive.com/blog/ where she shares a lot of insights into creative expression and developing as an artist. … Continue reading Morning Pages
I'm excited to share I've been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award! A massive thank you to Rachael Moore at "A Little Moore" https://alittlemooresite.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for this blogging award! Rachael blogs about lifestyle and beauty and has some cracking reviews on romance novels too! I strongly encourage you to have a read. The creator … Continue reading Mystery Blogger Award!