s a t u r d a y. Watched Real Housewives of New Jersey, made some paleo granola and googled where the closest treadmill is (not close). I have finally put on all the layers and am ready to brace the weather ❄️ #procrastination. Also, this is a pretty simple granola 👉 I threw all the nuts and seeds I had in a mixing bowl, combined melted coconut oil, a tiny bit of maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt, tossed this with the nuts and seeds and baked at 300 for 20 mins and let cool for about 10!
Stay warm out there this weekend! #winterstorm#paleo#running
I gave myself a 2 week break from the dissertation to do something that brings me great joy which is cooking and having company over...but alas I need to mentally get myself back to finishing...one chapter to go...so close...so so close...choice/persistence/mental effort #dissertation#usc#oclcohort6#fighton#justgetitdone#procrastination
Last night I decided that instead of working on my perception final, I was going to put up my #christmastree . #procrastination
Perception is VERY different from what I study. Although I don’t find all of it interesting, the class certainly demonstrated a lot of ways in which our brains construct our reality. Vision provides a great example of this.
The fact that we can see is honestly a miracle (it’s not really because evolution had a lot of time to perfect it but still - I’m impressed). Anyone who studies information processing, works with big data, or is just used to handling large amounts of information, I think will have a lot of respect for what our brain does every time we open our eyes.
We give our eyes a lot of credit for us being able to see (and it’s deserved) but really our eyes are measurement tools. The cells in our eyes pick a specific part of space, and they measure the light in that one spot. All of that information is then sent to the brain where it has to try and make sense of all of that data. In some cases, the only way it can process the data is to make assumptions. It’s trying to solve an equation where there are two unknowns, so it makes an educated guess for one variable so that it can solve for the other.
So what are some of those assumptions?
The brightest area in our field of view is white. (Lets us see color)
If there is a change in brightness, but not hue (so the same color just darker), we assume its a shadow across the object.
Light sources usually come from the top (which makes sense because the sun is a thing)
We have a blind spot on our retina. Our brain just fills it in for us! It didn't even ask!
Our brain makes a lot of decisions for us. These are often good decisions that enable us to see color or motion. But it’s important to recognise that vision along with all of our other senses is not a direct input - output system. Our brain interprets information for us.
How does that make you feel? I think its sooo coooool
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Putting off something that needs to be done doesn’t make it go away. ⠀
It just causes worry and stressing. 🙅♀️⠀
This can be with work projects, swapping out kids’ clothes sizes👕, getting your health 💪on track or...⠀
Putting away Christmas decorations! 🎄🤦♀️🎄⠀
I’m of the frame of mind where I like big chunks of time 🕰 to tackle projects and today is our first day since Christmas that we don’t have plans! 🙌⠀
However, that’s not the best way to just GET THINGS DONE. ⠀
Breaking it up into little chunks, pockets of time, ⏲ when you have a moment... builds into getting things actually done. ⠀
THAT’S how I fit fitness in.🤸♀️⠀
20 minutes in the morning. Meal prepping 🥗 ahead on days it works for me. Getting my shakes ready for the day.🥛 I don’t do it all at once - just in little moments when I can. ⠀
Which way do you find you get things done? 🤷♀️⠀
In your pockets of time?⠀
Blocking off a chunk of time? ⠀
And who else has lingering projects or to dos that you’ve been pushing off? 🙋♀️⠀
If you’ve been putting off starting on your health, then we need to connect. I’ll share with you exactly how I make it fit into my busy #momlife. 👩👧👦⠀
No one should stress over something with solutions abounding. I’ll help you take the worry out of that one. ❤️⠀
But for all the projects? Share your tips for tackling them!👍⠀
I definitely struggle with doing anything I’m not passionate about. If I can’t see the long term personal benefits of working on a project I can quickly lose interest.
If I can find meaning in what I’m doing then I’m much more likely to persevere.
I read an incredible book last year called Man’s Search for Meaning (Victor Frankl) that I highly recommend. Having a purpose, giving life meaning, is what enabled him to survive WW2 concentration camps.
I’ve got a week of freedom left before I’ve to go back to uni. Assignments/exams/placements to look forward to 😩
How long do yall have left?
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ENOUGH // When we don't feel enough, we tend to try and prove it to ourselves and others by doing all the things or none of the things. The problem with seeking external validation is that we might not ever get it or we might set up a loop whereby we only get it if we're useful, adding to the do-do-do and bending over backwards to keep others happy as we tie their happiness with our worth and there's nowt more exhausting and brainbending than all the second-guessing that entails. We might not feel good enough for opportunities that come our way or up to a task and so we might find that we procrastinate or self-sabotage, rather than ask for help or take tiny steps to start. The truth is, we're all enough as we are, right now, no matter what. We're enough when we take a break, when we say 'no', when we slow down, when we heed our needs, when we replace those holey slippers and particularly when we don't feel it.