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How do you wrap your head around going “backwards” in life to move forward?

29 Jan

As I review my review of literature for my thesis tonight, I have realized that I need to revert back to my outline and review, rewrite, and revise a lot! #boo

This brings me to a topic I was recently speaking about with a dear friend –

How do you wrap your head around going “backwards” in life to move forward?

Even though I have been at my thesis for too long now, I know going backwards, thought it is time consuming and feels like I am losing ground, really is necessary for me to move forward with it… at least in a direction that is more direct, concrete and interesting!

And, such is life.

It sometimes is important to stop, take a step out of your own shoes and look at the direction of own your life from an outsiders perspective. I know it killed me having to leave the city in which I went to college and, so it felt, move backwards to save money – moving back home with mom. Turns out, this has been a great opportunity for me to look at the direction in which my life was heading… and made me realize that perhaps I was not heading in a clearcut direction for my career while living in that city. At least not quite the direction that was right for me just out of grad school. In other words, I was thinking that my life needed to follow the path similar to my peers. In reality, this was silly. Everyone has their own path to follow, no two are exactly the same!

While I am still trying to figure my vocation and path out, I don’t regret moving “backwards” to help me re-evaluate my thesis or my life!

I invite any readers to offer their own experiences in moving backwards in life, on a project, or anything related and share how it worked out, or didn’t and what you learned! 🙂

Fall for anything… inspiring!

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It’s Chyna’s Fun Fact Friday!

12 Jan

Hello lovely readers!

Every Friday from this point on, I solemnly pledge every Friday to post 10-15 “Fun Facts of Life” that I have acquired in the week preceding.

Now, if you are on your way to your Google search bar to peruse the World Wide Web for something you think more worthy of your Friday blog reads than Chyna’s Friday Facts of Knowledge… Kindly, stop right there!

These facts of life, both the random and the specific, will be relevant to your life, at some point – I give my 77% promise! If this percentile fails to convince you to return every Friday, I also solemnly pledge that you have the right to sue me after your death should this promise fail to fulfill.


  1. A cat’s nose turns white when it is warm and pink when it is cold. This may or may not be true of all cats, but is of my kittens FreddyBear and TeresaBella. Image
  2. The chain of command in a non-profit organization: The executive director is not always the highest in the Chain. Sometimes the Board Member’s vote rules higher.
  3. The first name you pick for your personal blog most likely will not be the last. My mentor told me this. I’d like to add that I feel the second name stands a better chance for a Mystery book title. The book will not do well in your lifetime.
  4. Median wage earning for a Communication Graduate Student (Masters) is $12,000 more than Bachelor holding students. This is good news to learn from a US News article and Georgetown Center for Education study!
  5. Thrift stores have pretty cool things – especially if you have an overactive imagination! #win Image
  6. A simple smile with an ear willing to listen for 5-minutes can positively alter the outcome of a co-workers day. Try it!
  7. Standing or walking around for 10-minutes every hour at work can improve your life-span! Live longer – stand up!
  8. Post-Holiday dieting? Apparently, just over a quarter of dieters, such as myself at the present time, will become life-long pathological dieters if they are not careful. Keeping a healthy balance between the intake of fruits, veggies, lean meats and moderate, occasional exercise is a key to sticking to a healthier lifestyle!
  9. I am an idea machine when I have too much coffee after 3pm. Need an idea for a paper or a story – buy me a cup-o-Joe and watch my magic.
  10. “Sometimes, changing your mind is the right decision” – I came across this in an article on The Chronicle website. The article was interestingly enough about Ph.D. pursuits, but this line struck me in other areas of my life!
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