Apr 28, 2017

Lessons Learned Part 16

We learn and adapt our behavior in the small things we do and notice every day. In 2017, I'm keeping track of these tiny lessons and adaptations in my life. 

Waiting Can Pay Off
I bought my first home in late 2012. During my search, I thought for sure I'd be living in an area called Mount Rainier just outside DC, so I put myself on the wait list for the local coop pool. This week in 2017, I finally emerged at the top of the wait list and was invited to join.

Eat the Whole Thing? 
This week marked my foster son's 2nd birthday. I got cupcakes for him and when I handed him one, I didn't think about removing the paper around it first. He ate it paper and all! I tried to take it from him and convince him it wasn't for eating, but he did not believe me. He didn't suffer any digestive complications, thank goodness.

Think About What You're Doing
I changed a poopy diaper today just before bath time and in the chaos I forgot to put the poopy diaper in the genie before getting the 2 year old into the bath. Big mistake. Huge. The dog came up and had her most ideal dessert.

Previous Lessons Learned
Part 15
Part 14
Part 13
Part 12
Part 11
Part 10
Part 9
Part 8
Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1


Apr 21, 2017

Lessons Learned Part 15

We learn and adapt our behavior in the small things we do and notice every day. In 2017, I'm keeping track of these tiny lessons and adaptations in my life. 

Institutional Racism is a Tough Nut to Crack
Even really smart and accomplished PhDs have major blind spots when it comes to institutional racism, and I heard plenty of it this week. If a cancer disproportionately affects a minority group but people from that group rarely join clinical trials because of eligibility requirements, then we aren't testing the right things. 

New Ideas Are So Fun
I had the opportunity to brainstorm with a friend/colleague who is launching a startup this week and came up with a few viable ideas for his team to research. It feels so good to think of what's possible. This is my favorite kind of work. 

Learning to be a Parent is Humbling
I am enjoying it so much more than I thought I would, and I am finding wisdom about how to be better at it in unexpected places. 

Previous Lessons Learned
Part 14
Part 13
Part 12
Part 11
Part 10
Part 9
Part 8
Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1

Apr 14, 2017

Lessons Learned Part 14

We learn and adapt our behavior in the small things we do and notice every day. In 2017, I'm keeping track of these tiny lessons and adaptations in my life. 

It's OK to Take a Break
I took a couple of weeks off of lifelogging my lessons to just pay attention to my young foster son (fs2). It was a wonderful time of being in the moment and focusing on building a happy little life with him and making sure he's as safe and well as possible. I'm sure I learned more life lessons during these few weeks than all my other weeks combined, but I didn't write them down and that's ok. They're in my heart. 


Previous Lessons Learned
Part 13
Part 12
Part 11
Part 10
Part 9
Part 8
Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1

Apr 7, 2017

Lessons Learned Part 13

We learn and adapt our behavior in the small things we do and notice every day. In 2017, I'm keeping track of these tiny lessons and adaptations in my life. 

You Can Do This
There is a 2 year old in my care. He came into my house, cried a little, and immediately called me mommy. Here we go! I will spend this whole week getting to know him, and learning the many things I'm sure he has to teach me. 

Previous Lessons Learned
Part 12
Part 11
Part 10
Part 9
Part 8
Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1