You 2.0 Reflection (50% Done with Book)

“You’re more likely to feel passionate about something after you get good at it.”

Okay, so why has nobody said this before? So true! Oh my gosh, okay, let me rewind a bit for you.

Back to the present now. So I’m reading this book on the bus on my way into work. I am coming in an hour later than usual because I woke up, worked out, started a load of laundry, showered, and did everything else I normally do in the morning. And then I read this and I just wanted to stand up and “YESSS!” right there. Each chapter of the book has exercises to help you kill the old you and develop the new you. When I was reading about killing the old you, I sat down, thought for about five minutes, and realized that I really didn’t need to kill any part of Brittany because it had already been done. However, now that I am on the reinventing part, I am realizing that I can still change. I can still improve myself, and every time I remind myself of this, I get really excited.

Here is my list of things that I am good at (in order that I thought about them):

  1. Research- designing experiments, carrying them out, and writing them up
  2. Writing- both scientific and leisure
  3. Running- I am not the fastest nor the strongest, but I am stronger than yesterday
  4. Working out at home- I keep my appointments with myself because I made a commitment
  5. Knitting- I am not the fastest nor the best, but I am mostly self taught and know many skills

Are you ready for what I’m about to say next? Every item on this list took practice. I was terrible at research when I was a sophomore in college, but now that I have five years under my belt, it seems pretty easy. I am writing right now (duh), I enjoy doing it, and I know that the more I do it, the better I will get. When I don’t run, I feel lost. When I do run, I feel strong. I feel accomplished. I think reaching new goals in running brings me the most joy. Working out at home has been bringing a lot of sweat into my day lately. I am doing cardio every single day of the week right now, and I have never felt better. I try to knit every day. I try to learn new things when I knit. I use new yarns, and I learn new stitches, and I make my own patterns, and in doing so, I am building on my skills and improving my talents. Plus, it’s relaxing (mostly).

Here is my list of things that I am passionate about (in order of importance to me, right now):

  1. Working out
  2. Knitting
  3. Research
  4. Running
  5. Writing

Yes, you read that correctly, writing is last, and working out is first. Why? Because I think that I have learned to find my own voice with my workouts. I follow the calendar, I follow the schedule, I do the workouts according to the trainers, but I put my own spin on it. I have fun with it. I reach out to other people and try to help them with their goals. I work hard to be successful. Knitting is a logical second because I just opened my (still empty) shop on Etsy. But I also have yarn coming in the mail, several patterns for my first products, and I am very excited because I knit to relax, and I learn new techniques to keep myself from getting bored. I have decided to take my hobby to the next level, same with working out, but it feel different. The other three are kind of necessary to me right now, I get paid to do research. I paid to run in a marathon. I have to write to advance in my career, and blogging reaches a lot of people in a lot of ways, which is incredible.

In conclusion, these words are the best thing I have read in a while. I am excited because the exercise I couldn’t do on the bus was walking through the scientific method, and if you were paying attention, you would know that that’s my jam. I am feeling energized because I know what my strengths are, and I know how to build on them, all that’s left is taking the leap and doing it. It sounds so simple, but it rarely is.

If you want to know more about the books I read for personal development connect with me on Goodreads, use the comments on this post, or the shoot me an email to get in touch with me. Happy reading, readers!

Published by She Got The PhD

A web-based soapbox of an Assistant Professor of color in Chemical Engineering; sharing my feelings on books, academia, and current events. I hope you enjoy reading :)

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