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Springtime revives me… and my plants!

18 Mar

Spring has sprung! Well, officially not yet, but my tulips, garlic, catnip (that somehow lasted all winter), and daffodils have sprung! I, too, am feeling a sense of refreshed motivation to take on the world and inspire my students!
I am fully aware this may be from my new organic espresso or my spinach protein shake, however, I attribute it in part to the sun, and the lovely green I am beginning to see in my garden!

The thought of the sun actually existing in the sky (in Upstate NY) really motivates me to tackle so much, including re-vamping this old blog! Of course, it will continue to be coffee-fueled, minus the Thesis updates! Although, I have a lot of research ideas (and multiple have-started articles) so there might be some new musings about that in this revived blog, too. Although I’m not sure which direction I will take this blog in 2016, I just know I love to write, so we’ll see how the blog transforms in the next few months. Enjoy the journey with me!

Back to my garden… I have just started, in between grading midterms, plotting how I will organize my plants and expand my garden this season. I do this annually using colored pencils, which makes the planning so much more exciting. You can say it’s my version of the coloring for adults fad going on right now, which is great, don’t get me wrong, just very pricy considering the costs of children’s coloring books are less than half. It’s a good fad to pick up, as it truly can help limit stress and keep areas of the brain that may have become dormant, more active.

I’ve been using colored pencils, pens, and crayons since my major sTBI back in ’07 to help me organize and to keep my amygdala in check (stress-reduction). I find that planning your garden with color is more cognitively stimulating than simply coloring in the lines of a pre-created image. You activate much more of your cerebral cortex by creating your own canvas (garden), organizing by length and width (to account for each plants’ necessity), and finally, in drawing the “full-in-bloom” version of your Spring 2016 Dream Garden.

Now, I’m no Neurologist, but I feel like I know a thing or two about stress and anxiety. (Just read any posting while I was completing grad school and my Masters Thesis and you’ll see! 😛 ) When I brought up the idea last year to my neurologist of plotting my garden like this, making time each day to work in it, and update the drawings, he was impressed with my rationale for doing this as an alternative to staying on meds to reduce stress. Plus, the extra o^2 from the plants can’t hurt! He might have just been humoring me, but hey, I’m definitely less stressed a year later. And, thanks to my indoor plant/planning during the winter, still no daily rx… I might be onto something! 🙂 Continue reading

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Inspiration Wednesday #ThesisRevivalMission

3 Apr

Excited for August!

Since my #thesisrevivalmission has been delayed (not to my surprise…) I have a new REALISTIC goal…

Complete my thesis by the 95th 2013 PGA Championship at the Oak Hill Country Club… or I can’t attend 😦

After having been offered an interview with the PGA, and having turned it down because another job came up first that I committed to, I figured attending the Championship game in Rochacha (Rochester, NY) can be my reward for “getting thesis done, defended and submitted to 2 conferences (NCA? and ICA)“.

In the meantime, I might even take golf lessons so I can do more than volunteer as the “shot girl” at the J.P. Tracy Golf Tourney this summer 😉 Oh, I should write about that too!

So much to write about, so little time!

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Thesis Revival Mission – Day 2

19 Mar

Results of day 1- 1. Completed the understanding expectations outline and sent to advisor. 2. Revised the timeline and sent to advisor. 3. Rewrote abstract! 4. Learned 2 new words that I love! (personal accomplishment haha) 5. Went to bed early!

Okay, not the most accomplished day I’ve ever had but I’m off to a promising start!

Day 2 has been complicated to say the least. There is a career fair tomorrow so most of today has been spent preparing for that. Ill let it go this time but hopefully Day 3 will allow more time to be spent on thesis.

The success ratio has completely inversed because of this whole “prepare for life after school” game! :p

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… Cat-nap time!

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My blog.

29 Nov

Piacere, wonderful world of Blogging!

I have been wracking my brain for a while trying to figure out what topic I feel passionate enough about to revisit weekly with new and fresh related posts for this blog. I have been told that I should write about some topic in which I am an expert. The only thing I have realized since my brainstorming began is that I tend to be a semi-expert in a variety of topics at one time or another, then move onto something new. In the process, I perfect whatever project I take on for this brief period of time. To write about all of these topics  would be pointless, and make me seem a bit more scattered that I like to think I am. Therefore, I think the most logical topic to blog about would be the one in which I have studied for 5-6 years, hold membership in 3+ related societies, and have multiple intellectual crushes on experts in the same field, many of them dead – Communications!

For a Communication Grad Student (all completed except my thesis – look for it in Communication and Mass Media Complete in your university database come Summer 2013) I must say, indecision and lack of logical articulation relating to concepts surrounding myself come very sparse, contrary to what one might assume. I digress.

Welcome to my new blog – Cultivated Communication Connoisseur! Stay tuned – next blog I will excite you with my take on Aristotle’s Ethos, Pathos, and Logos in the 22nd Century and tell you a bit about myself too!

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