How to keep yourself safe

Stop worrying so much about being safe. Life isn’t safe. Excellence isn’t safe. Innovation isn’t safe. Fun isn’t safe. And truly, what’s “safe” for the short-term is often not so over time. Staying at home and watching TV is safe, but it boredom and inactivity are perilous in their own ways. Staying in a job... Continue Reading →

Advice beyond “focus” for academics

I'm an early-career academic and clinician. As such, I need-- and receive-- a lot of guidance. I have mentors, I have bosses, I have colleagues. Everyone says to focus. Which is nice, but is it helpful? Certainly focus is critical to build a solid and impactful program of scientific research. Does it capture the goals... Continue Reading →

Hacks, Trends, and Distractions

There’s a new thing in the health and wellness space about every five minutes, no? A superfood, a supplement, a piece of equiment, some new game-changer. It’s usually expensive, weird-sounding, and above all, new. (And as always with the brand-new, lacking credible evidence). And they just seem so promising! Like this could be the solution— the... Continue Reading →

On Choosing

I recently read Marie Kondo’s now-classic The Life Changing Magic of Tyding Up. Underlying the advice about how to fold your clothes and the batty-seeming suggestion to talk to your stuff was a solid truth: we can choose our lives, but unless we decide to do so deliberately, we will not— and we will often not... Continue Reading →

Moving forward: Looking inward

2016 has been a rough year-- this  doesn't need to be said anymore. I personally feel like I was dragged behind a truck over a bumpy road for a while, sucker punched a few times, and spat on for good measure. There’s political strife, there’s personal heartbreak, there are pure WTF moments (e.g., the car... Continue Reading →

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