Wednesday, April 6, 2016

It's time to trust my instincts, close my eyes and leap


Spring is here! Well, it's supposed to be... I did wake up to snow on the ground yesterday morning. But other than that, things are starting to turn green and bud around the farm. All this new (and returning) life inspired me to share some of the new things that have happened in my life over the past few months. 

The first is that I cut my hair. For the first time since I defended my dissertation. In the Spring of 2014. You probably can't tell by looking at the picture, but I cut 10+ inches off.

The second is I officially made the leap from Academia to Industry. If you aren't sure what that means, let me explain. When you pursue the realm of higher education, things start to be broken up into a sort of "Us" and "Them" situation. "Us" being the academics and "Them" being the people that work outside of academics, industry. Academics stay in academia: finish your PhD, do a post-doc for a few years, find a professorship, get tenured... Industry people typically finish their PhD, may pursue a post-doc for experience, then switch from academic institutions to industry institutions (essentially any non-academic institution). I've been walking the line for a few years by consulting for industry while doing a post-doc. In January I officially switched from consultant to full-time employee and wound down my post-doc. 

The third is we are getting chickens in a few weeks! We have been talking about it since before we moved to the farm, so I am super excited. Now when people ask "What type of animals are on your farm?", I have an answer. More on this later :)

Happy Spring friends!