I have bronchitis, and for the last 2 weeks climbing out of bed to have a shower and change my pyjamas has left me breathless, heart pounding, and just exhausted. I'm getting better, but as this morning's trial showed, hanging out one load of laundry is very tiring and I'm not at all back at … Continue reading Life, me and the PhD: learning to ask for, and accept, help
Every year while I was working on my PhD I would struggle to get back into the reading and writing after the December holiday break. I took around 3 weeks off each year before Christmas and then into the new year, and it was so hard to come out of idle speed and back up … Continue reading Taking a break: how long is long enough (or too long)?
At the beginning of this week I tweeted that I was going to double the word count on my current book chapter. I started the week at 2503 words, which meant getting my writing going in a big way to get up over 5000 words. Overall, I need about 8500 to finish this beast, so … Continue reading Book writing: a week in the life of meeting my #WritingGoals
When I started this blog in 2013, my primary audience was working women in academia, balancing work, PhD study and the demands of family life. I am so honoured to have a wider readership now, and in so many different countries and academic spaces, but as a woman in academia, a mum and wife, a … Continue reading On sexism in academia
I have been pondering the issue of self-sabotage lately in relation to various parts of my life. I have been wondering, mainly, why I do this, and trying to spot the signs so I can try to head myself off at the pass. Lovely husband and I then started talking about all the parts of … Continue reading Acts of self-sabotage