Did anybody else just realize that I have blogged for 40 weeks?!? 40! I always knew I would see this project through to the finish, but it still amazes me that I’ve found the strength, and the material, to make it this far. Also, when did it become September already? I guess two days ago is the answer to that, but I feel like this year has FLOWN by! I guess time flies when you start a blog, pack up your life, move to a new state, get a job, buy a car, make fabulous new friends, try to stay connected with old friends, travel, start grad school, and realize your life is really over. But like my Dad always say, “If it was easy, everybody would do it.”
My wise, and goofy, Dad
That advice has gotten me through many a difficult time when I wanted to throw in the towel, and take the easy way out. This has especially come in handy as I’ve started back to school…again. I spent 8 straight hours in the lab today, but I know it was worth it. I’m sure there are plenty of employees at the National Institute of Health, better known as NIH, who have spent more than one of their Saturdays in a lab. The Foundation for NIH uses scientific discovery and translational research to improve public health, and make the world a better place. FNIH just celebrated its 15th anniversary this summer, and they have proven that they lead the nation in high-impact medical research and collaborations. As a budding scientist, they are also the place to go for training that will propel your career into and even beyond the future of world health issues. And trust me, not everybody has that opportunity. That little saying my Dad has also taught me how importance confidence is, especially as a women in the sciences. The Honey Shine Mentoring Program is a part of the Alonzo Mourning charities, that encourages a balance of mind, body and soul for girls and women. Balance is something I have to work towards on a daily basis over the past couple of weeks. HS hold workshops twice a month, field trips, and four weeks of summer camp every year to help empower girls to shine as women. Women love things that shine like diamonds and sparkles so why wouldn’t we want to shine like our accessories?
Foundation for the National Institute of Health Donation
Honey Shine Donation
So here’s to the wise words of my father! Really he’s got lots of them, but this one makes my top of the list for me. He never ceases to amaze me with all the useful and useless knowledge he continues to accumulate, and share with me. It’s amazing what the Discovery and History channels can do for a person. Thanks for showing me that taking the easy way out doesn’t pay, and it’s not as much fun either.
Keep your button, I'll take the good stuff.