I’ve just got back from Campbell Island (New Zealand subantarctic island) after ~ 6 weeks of pestering NZ sea lion pups.

The contrast between civilisation (floors, running water, electricity, internet) and sleeping in a tent on a remote island battling the raw elements (or rather learning to be at peace with them) makes the trip feel like a dream.

I’m working on my finishing up and submitting my PhD thesis by the end of March. After that I finally get to experience post-PhD depression where I try to figure out what’s next in life.

I’m getting more disciplined with intermittent fasting. In the field I was eating from 7 – 3 pm. Big breakfast and lunch. Now that I’m back in modern society, I’m changing my eating window to ~ 11 am to 7 pm because of schedules and commitments (physical training).

I’m also getting back into photography now that I’ve learned about ND filters and long exposures thanks to a friend who’s also gotten into it.

Another goal in the near future is to finish post-processing all my photos of my trip and not leave it untouched for another year like I did last time.

I’ve also started using Sam Harriss’s Waking Up meditation app. Highly recommend, especially for the lessons (did you know we don’t have free will?!)

Also started a digital journal in a .txt file inspired by Derek Sivers. Feels good not having to worry about accumulating physical copies of journals.

Listening to: 

Principles by Ray Dalio audiobook

Pondering on:

Taking bets and failing painfully but not failing too badly to get kicked out of the game.


Last update was on 19 February 2019.

This is part of the nownownow project by Derek Sivers.

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