“Please mind the gap between the platform and the train.” London Underground
After a very long time silent, I am finally ready to break the silence. Little did I know back in January, this would be a long break and in the silence, I would be taking a much-needed breather to get through the tough months ahead. First of all, I want to say thank you all for hanging in there during this time, secondly, grab a cup of tea and lets get started!
Blogging has changed so much since I first started. Yet it is I who have changed along the way. I began writing A Biotechie’s Life back in 2012 as a twenty-something figuring out how to be an adult and starting out in biotechnology. So much of my life has changed since then. I’ve grown up all over again these past months on this long break and writing this post I can say the future looks bright. As I write this, I’m pondering the future of this blog, and it is very clear to me my time on this site is far from finished.
I started this blog in my early twenties and now I’m in my thirties. Back then in 2012, it was about moving on from a relationship gone very wrong. Back then the blog was an outlet for healing, now seven years later, this blog has turned into posts about places been, transitions gone through, and the constant journey life keeps taking me on. Mostly an online diary for you my readers, family, and friends who read about this girl’s life. One other thing to make clear, this blog is and will remain a hobby of mine.
Why did I take a break from blogging?
I’ve given a reason back in January as to taking this break because I was feeling very burned out over the course of the previous year (2017). But unbeknown to myself, I needed to start making myself and my health a priority. The stress of finishing college and stress, in general, was the culprit for all the health issues arising over the past two years. Now I am 99.9% sure this is the reason why I started to burn out fast.
Another reason for the blogging break is the constant facade of being a perfect blogger. I have noticed this past year most bloggers I follow have been addressing this issue and why it is starting to take a toll on them. Blogger Molly from Styling Miss Molly put eloquently in one of her posts.
Social media has an amazing way of bringing so many blessings and wonderful opportunities into our lives, but there is a side to it that not many people address- the pressure, the comparison game, the stress and anxiety, the keep going mentality, the constant desire to be perfect and always feeling a need to be plugged-in.
Really needed to be more present in my life as it was happening, and not compare myself to others. My life is far from perfect, and I like it that way! Since I last posted, I feel rejuvenated, motivated, and ready for what comes next in life. Taking a step back allowed me to rediscover who I am, find what where I truly am passionate about. For once I have did not have to worry about blogging and could be 100% living in the moment.
In the past few months, I have…..
Graduated from Northwest University with my bachelor’s degree in biology after three years of study. I won’t lie, the last three years have been a struggle to push through to see this dream of mine realized. With life and completing goals, some unexpected roadblocks happen, but each one makes you stronger than before. Through some of the disappointments of not getting the internship, not receiving the grade you wanted even after working so hard for it and facing opposition from others, I received my degree. A degree I am very proud of!
Found myself in beautiful places around Washington. This past summer I had the opportunity to go hiking in some of the most beautiful natural places in the Pacific Northwest. Through the experience, I realized how long it has been since I felt connected with nature and how my soul just longed to be in the middle of nowhere. Standing atop a peak looking out into the horizon reminds one there are always new beginnings with every sunset and sunrise. The phrase “the mountains are calling, I must go” has more meaning on top of a mountain.
I went back to my agricultural roots. Been a long time since I have walked down rows of plants growing the food we eat. I left just as most who grow up with a farming background to seek our fortunes in career fields promising stability of a paycheck. I no longer rely on grocery stores and farmer’s markets for all my produce, but grow more of it at home. Still, I found myself going back to the land or as Wendel Berry said “reconnecting with the land.” In a reflection of being in the moment talking with farmers, growers, producers, and agricultural scientists, I have been disconnected to the land for so long, and now it is time I reconnect back again. This does not mean only buy organic produce, it means supporting all who grow and produce the food we consume. It means Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), and those who commit to sustainable agricultural methods.
Gave the blog a refresh. You may have noticed something different about the blog and some of the content as well. I have done a revamp of the blog including a whole new theme! After reviewing all of the posts from 2012-to the present, the blog needed an overhaul and updated to meet legal requirements. There are older posts now archived that are no longer relevant today, while some (mostly hiking or travel) have been updated.
What is coming next?
Moving on to a new position in a biotech company or organization. This has been a long-awaited moment, and I am excited to see what comes next for me in this new chapter of my career.
Most of all, what is coming next is a new chapter in life, and the best is yet to come!
*For the next two months I will be recounting all the places been over the summer. stay tuned!*