Year one: gone.

Many months have passed since I last decided to put hand to keyboard and cast out my fledgling academic thoughts into the internet. Those months have yielded 20,000 words of rough draft and 100+ items of bibliography. They’ve included seminars, reading groups, trips to Scotland and Oxford, and will culminate in a conference panel and my end of year review. Looking back it’s comforting to see that what felt like a slow continuous procrastination has led to some quantifiable results.

But what about all the other things that have been achieved, things that (shock horror) are not strictly academic? Well in the spirit of Christmas here are my top ten random achievements of 2014:

  1. Watching all 10 seasons of Stargate SG1 on Netflix (Samantha Carter: ultimate feminist role model).
  2. Organising a Post graduate bake-off  (a little academic but not much).
  3. Being a bridesmaid for my best friend/maid of honour.
  4. Joining a gym for the first time
  5. Leaving a gym for the first time
  6. Moving house again.
  7. Finding the world’s best caramel slice in Cromer.
  8. Reaching 1 year of marriage and loving it.
  9. Reading 21 non-academic books (how?!?).
  10. Baking approximately 100 cakes and 150 biscuits.

Next year my goal is to blog more, write more and generally grow in confidence. I feel like in the face of all the horrendous tidings regarding the state of the academic job market it’s important to not lose sight of the fun and joy of a research life.

Merry Christmas, one and all, and to each a fantastic 2015.

Charlie brown knows how the season is done.

Charlie Brown knows how the season is done.

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