Spring Refresh: Updating your IDP Tool & Goals

Spring is the perfect time to refresh your goals and update your IDP tool. If you are not familiar with the IDP tool check out my blog post and visit the website to create your IDP. Since spring is here I decided it was time to share what I learned from the Creating and Owning Your Individual Development Plan workshop hosted by The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL). If you are ready to take the next step with your IDP check out the CIRTL follow-up workshop (I Completed my IDP…Now What?) on April 9. On the CIRTL website, you can register and find more resources to help you in your STEM education career. I’m looking forward to the follow-up workshop next month and I am ready to tackle my goals. Are you? Continue reading Spring Refresh: Updating your IDP Tool & Goals

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Superwoman: Achieving Work-Life Balance

Even though I’m a young and healthy woman I have to remember I cannot do it all. I’m all for being a superwoman, but this superwoman needs a break. I’ve been reading a few blog posts here and there; talking to other women about this issue and realized that a superwoman needs to know her limits. In addition, a superwoman has to start saying “no”. When you say “no” that does not mean that you are being “rude”. A superwoman asserts herself and is confident. If you want to learn more about how you can be the best superwoman you can be in the workplace check out the book, Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel.

Besides this Lois P. Frankel’s book I recommend reading Dr. Amy Freeman’s book about work-life balance, Stress Less: 10 Balancing Insights on Work and Life. I did a Mademoiselle Spotlight on her last year and talked about how she is an inspiration to me as an Black Woman in STEM. She is a wonderful mentor and in her book I learned so many things about how I can achieve work-life balance. Continue reading Superwoman: Achieving Work-Life Balance

My Spring Reading List II

Since spring is a time to refresh yourself I decided to read books focusing on being successful. If you are feeling drained or unmotivated after this long winter, reading these types of books will help you get back on track. Here’s to getting motivated!

My Spring Reading List:

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Spring Cleaning: 5 Quick Tips to Declutter Your Inbox

Spring is around the corner! You know what that means — spring cleaning. I know most of you can relate to getting tons of emails every day. If you are looking for more spring inspiration check out my blog post, Ways to Refresh Yourself for the New Season of Spring.

Let’s get started!

5 Quick Tips to Declutter Your Inbox:

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The Power Nap

Let’s talk about how we can overcome this sluggish-lack-of-energy feeling by re-energizing with a Power Nap. I like to take my Power Nap after my Power Hour depending on my schedule that day. Power Naps are amazing because it’s just enough time to relax without falling into a deep sleep. Continue reading The Power Nap

Recharging After Your Vacation

I am back and recharged! A month ago I wrote a post about How to make the most of your summer vacation. Recharging after your vacation is just as important as taking your vacation. July is the perfect time to take a break because many people take vacations around this time. After my official break I used a few more days to recharge myself.

Here are My Tips to Recharge After Vacation:

1. Read an Inspirational Book(s):

One of my favorite hobbies is reading. During my break I relaxed and spent quality with my family. Towards the end of my break I picked up some inspirational books. Inspirational books will give you the push you need to get back to work or school after your vacation. If you want to see what I’m reading check out my summer reading list.

2. Take a Nice Walk, Run or Jog:

Along with reading I enjoy walking. Whenever I feel stressed or need some fresh air I take a walk. After your vacation take a moment to walk to help you unwind before resuming your regular schedule.

3. Listen to Some Good Music:

I enjoy listening to music and this summer I have been listening to all types of music. Before you go to sleep listen to music that makes you feel happy and relaxed. When you wake up you will feel happier and ready to start your day.

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How to Make the Most of Your Summer Vacation

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Now that July is here you know what that means: Vacations! Many people take vacations in July because it is right in the middle of the summer and it is a great time to relax with family and friends. Even if your vacation is short take time to unwind and have fun.

How to Make the Most of Your Summer Vacation:

1. Prepare and Create Lists:
This tip may seem like common sense, but I will address it anyway. Send reminders to our labmates, boss, coworkers or other people that we need to notify. Check out Ph.D. comics (When to tell your advisor you’re going on vacation). A good way to remember what you need to do is to create lists. That way you will be able to enjoy all of your vacation and have things in order when you get back.

2. Switch Your Mind to Vacation Mode:
Leave all of your worries, frustrations, and stresses out of your mind for the time that you are on vacation. Check out this Ph.D. Comics post (Vacation vs Stressed). Have you ever been on a vacation with someone and all they talked about was how they are so stressed and dreading going back to work? Don’t let this person be you. Use your vacation as a time to temporarily forget life’s stresses. This is how to take a true vacation inside and out.

3. Leave Your Work at Home:
This is important, especially for my workaholics out there. The purpose of a vacation is to have time to relax, have fun and explore your vacation’s surroundings. If you are working you cannot enjoy your vacation to the maximum potential. Use your vacation time to completely escape from your work for a while. It will not hurt you. Your mind, body, and spirit will thank you for it. When you come back from your vacation you will be ready to get back to work! Continue reading How to Make the Most of Your Summer Vacation