Rewards for a Job Well Done

Last week I had a meeting with my lab advisor about the National Science Foundation fellowship I’ve been working on. I was talking through some issues I had with my research proposal, and we discussed how my mindset for this project should focus on this as a learning experience versus a fellowship that I have to win. Of course, I’m more than a bit competitive when it comes to anything academic related. I’d love to win more than anything, but I also recognize that a lot of fellowship winners are second-time applicants who received great feedback during their first application cycle.

As we ended the meeting, she noted that I had a lot of projects and grad application stuff on my plate. She encouraged me to reward myself after finishing my projects by doing something relaxing that I really enjoy doing. Well, last night I finally finished my proposal draft and sent it out for feedback, so today I’m taking a moment to do what I want. This includes:

Gardening…

Sweet potatoes I pulled up from the garden! Yummy :)

Sweet potatoes I pulled up from the garden! Yummy 🙂

knitting…

I've just cast on some socks for my husband. I'm using a hand-dyed super-wash merino sock wool in TMNT by Oatmeal and Fox. Cowabunga!

I’ve just cast on some socks for my husband. I’m using a hand-dyed super-wash merino sock wool in TMNT by Oatmeal and Fox Dyeworks. Cowabunga!

and just sitting and relaxing with my cuddlebug cats.

Especially Darcy, who is a momma's boy and loves chin rubs almost as much as basking in the sun.

Especially Darcy, who is a momma’s boy and loves chin rubs almost as much as basking in the sun.

Today won’t be all fun and games, but I will take a moment to reward myself for powering through a horrible cold last week to get this project done in a timely manner. Here’s to powering through the rest of this month…and the rest of this year, really. Grad school applications are time consuming to say the least!

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