I don’t know about you, but I was relieved when the clock finally ticked over to January 1st. As years go, 2016 was a turbulent one, not just for the world but for me personally, too. A new year brings the idea of a fresh start, and I have a good feeling about 2017. Here are a few things I hope to work on this coming year, with the idea that posting about it will give me some extra motivation…
I love writing. I want to write more. However, there is an obvious difference between saying you will do something and actually doing it. I have lost track of how many times I have said I would “write more” but failed to actually act upon it. This year, I hope that I will finally get to it and write blogs and science/nature writing here on this site and elsewhere!
In some ways I have already met this goal, as I have just had an article about my PhD research published in the first issue of the eMagazine New Nature, a magazine for young people to talk about all things wildlife. The reception for this magazine and my post has been excellent so far – I really had no idea people would be so interested in my work. The editors liked it too, so much that they put my name on the front page, underneath Chris Packham!! This is a great confidence boost for my writing and is the kick I needed to start doing more.
If you would like to read my article and others by young people interested in nature, you can download New Nature magazine for free online at http://www.newnature.co.uk .
2. Bossing the PhD #LikeaGirl
As I said before, 2016 was a bit of a crazy year for me starting out as a PhD student. This month marks the start of my second year, when things start to really heat up! This year, I can look forward to another super busy field season, two international conferences, giving a seminar to the department (yelp!), helping out on undergraduate courses and much, much (x 10 muches) more. This year, I am going to knuckle down with the research and hopefully do some blogging along the way…
3. Staying Healthy
This may seem like an obvious one, but during a PhD looking after yourself properly by eating healthy and exercising can quickly go out of the window when you are working so much! Likewise, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the workload, especially as everyone else seems (seems being the key word here) to be coping well. As someone particularly prone to anxiety, this year I hope to keep my stress levels lower by exercising more and starting yoga classes.
Okay, so this might just be a fleeting idea which could go disastrously wrong. Many of my friends aren’t scientists, so I am often met with the question of what do you actually do? To answer this, I’d like to take you guys with me during field work and video log my day to day activities. I don’t think many scientists do this (possibly because there is in fact no time during the field season for anything other than field work), which seems a shame as what we do is so cool and people should know about it. So, time allowing, and depending on whether I have the courage to post my face on the internet, I will be making some potentially embarrassing video logs of my fieldwork activities come April.
What resolutions have you got for 2017? Is fieldwork vlogging a good idea? Let me know!
Happy New Year everyone!