Friday 3rd March 2017

At lunch, I slipped out into the sunshine and mugginess of central Auckland to find a cafe so I could write my diary entry. At this time of the year, the cicadas are so loud they compete with the coffee machine. As much as I enjoy their song, I find myself craving autumn. I love a time when you leave the house in the morning, greeted by a clear blue sky and a bite in the air – it feels refreshing. The current weather is sweaty and exhausting.

Today is Friday and I don’t remember a time when I was more pleased for the weekend to arrive. Work has been a challenge and I’m counting down the hours until its over. All I want is a face mask, a gin and some Netflix. I have been in a situation recently at work where no matter how hard I try, I just can’t please someone – I have definitely let this stress me. I keep thinking that if I just try a little harder, they will pat me on the head and tell me how good I am. But I am starting to see that in this particular situation, I will be waiting a long long time for this kind of validation.

I suppose there is a lesson in all of this. We can’t please everyone, nor should we have to. We were put on this earth for more than making everyone happy all the time. Sometimes we just have to focus on what’s really important in life – we must make time to profoundly please ourselves…

And that is why god made face masks, gin and Netflix.

Much love, Katie xx

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Hi, I’m Katie. I am a kiwi neuroscientist with a love for consuming and creating content. This site is where I share my personal thoughts and the thoughts of incredible minds from around the world. PhD in Neuroscience, University of Otago.

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