Living with intention

I’ve been reading (thanks to my long commute), and one of the books I’m been devouring is Lean In by Mary Anne Radmacher. It’s an inspiring read for women in the workplace, particularly in how to be heard in a male dominated career, and also how to not let your job take over your life.

This quote is particularly resonant:

“Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen Hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.”
Mary Anne Radmacher

I love my job, but there is more to life than work. I am really enjoying doing other activities, I’ve been going to yoga and meditation, which is in stark contrast to the high intensity Crossfit work outs that have been helping me get to sleep at night.

I’m a creative person deep down and in a high pressure job, I go through bursts of crazy energetic growth and inspiration where I think of all the things I want to do and get involved in, which can swing suddenly to the exact opposite: totally lacking any drive whatsoever – and all the guilt associated with it. Academic successes are not constant, sometimes you have a really good run in the lab, publications are flowing, and then… nothing. Setbacks, rejections, failures… And these are so much more jarring and deep. But being able to look past them and use them to make you stronger is so vital.


I love this doodle by Gemma Correll. Her illustration is amazing – go see..


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