Happy Friday People! As you have noticed – I am BACK. To celebrate my return to society after a long grad school induced hiatus, I decided to celebrate this Memorial Day weekend at a Le Bain’s opening of Ete D’Amour – a day party from 4pm to 2am on Summer Sundays.
After coming there the previous Friday and seeing that there is an actual le bain inside Le Bain – I was intrigued.
Today is the first official day of Summer and the start of a new season is a great time to regroup and revamp. With much of my grad school coursework behind me and no presentations until the Fall, I have finally emerged from The Dark Ages that my friend Fame (in the top picture) had predicted in a tarot card reading for me right before I began the PhD program.
Whether you believe that sort of thing or not – she was quite on point. I had to prioritize school over almost everything else in my life, including my friends/romance/family and side projects (The Love Lab included). There were months where I must have studied 90 hours a week and slept on average 3-4 hours a night. During the most intense weeks, I had to institute the Delusional Positivity Project, which was a morning mailing between a couple of friends where we would list the 10 things we were thankful for that moment and 3 things we were excited about. I cannot stress how forcing your brain to search for the positives can have a major impact on your mood. Towards the end of the Winter, things started to calm down since I had passed my oral and written Qualifying Exam (a 2 hour exam where you are orally quizzed by a Committee on your general and project related knowledge) but I still had a slew of presentations to get through before I could take a breath.
Then, about 2 weeks ago, Fame had done another tarot reading for me (it was the first time I had seen her in a long time due to my schedule). I was thrilled to be relieved from The Dark Ages, as this reading was a positive one. There was one caveat in the card spread – my romantic interest at the time did not show lasting power. Things were actually going pretty well, so I wondered if this time around the cards were all wrong. However, since only a week after I had a bad dream about him and the following week the dream came true, I decided that this was a sacrifice I am willing to make to the universe in exchange for all those other awesome predictions. I know this last paragraph doesn’t sound very scientific, but one thing that I took home with me in these last few years is that you have to trust your intuition. Our mind subconsciously collects information that we may not be actively analyzing; an individual’s micro expressions and body language, as well as subtle but telling behavior, are all being collected as data/evidence by our brains to give us a burst of intuition once there are enough puzzle pieces to make out a picture. Although negative intuition need not be expressed to your partner as it comes, it is a reason for caution and vigilance.
Now, I am ready to embrace the exciting opportunities that the next there months have to offer and indulge my passions. I begin everything (the year, the season, the day) with a good old fashioned to-do list. My broad goals for this summer?
1) Make headway with my thesis project
2) get traction on a couple of my start-up projects
3) work out like a ninja
4) and have a blast connecting with my friends and family…and new people of course
Happy Summer of Love to everyone and stay tuned for more posts!