Personal Life Update 17
After about two months without any personal life update posts, it seemed like one was overdue. Especially since my last one was before internship match results were out! (Whoops). There has been a lot going on since then, most of it very exciting. So let's go through a summary of the updates.
For those of you who may not have heard from others, or from me mentioning it elsewhere, I matched at Boston Children's Hospital! I'm very excited to work there, and it'll be a great experience to further my development towards becoming a pediatric psychologist. My wife and I are also excited to experience Boston, as we've heard great things from friends who are living there (or used to).
We've been busy getting everything ready and planning, so we can hopefully limit how much we need to rush at the last minute for the move. It's a big move, and any extra support we can get is appreciated. Some friends have suggested neighborhoods to look at in Boston, but any other advice people may have will be helpful. And if anyone wants to donate towards the cost of the move, you can do so by using the donate button at the bottom of this page, or by becoming a patron on Patreon using the button at the bottom of this post.
But otherwise there isn't a whole lot to say about internship yet. We're planning to move in a couple of months, so I'll have more updates as that time approaches!
My dissertation is continuing to move along, in part due to the great research assistants I have helping me with the project. It's nice to be in a mentorship role and to help them learn more about the research process and grad school.
We also had a poster based on a portion of my dissertation presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference in Portland. I wasn't able to attend this year, but my coauthors were there and got some great feedback from those who stopped to hear about the research! If anyone is interested, you can access the poster on my research page.
I'm also continuing to help with a couple of other projects. We're making good progress on one, and I'll be helping to start a manuscript soon for another. My supervisor and I also have a manuscript that's under review, so things have been busy on the research front.
But one of the biggest changes in the past two months has been my content creation workflow. I changed around my process a bit for writing blog posts and recording podcasts/videos. It's now much more efficient and consistent, so I can put things together and online much more quickly! My goal is to try for three blog posts per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), one podcast episode per week (Tuesday), and one video per week (Thursday).
The podcast episode has the highest priority, followed by blog posts, and the video is the lowest priority at the moment (still not sure of many topics for videos, and takes the longest time to put together). I probably won't be consistent every week, especially as we approach the move, but it's a goal! It's been nice to work on these posts and some more networking via social media, which has also helped me to be more productive with my other work.
Oh, and just a fun semi-related update. I'm exploring some new things to branch into, and one thing I've considered for awhile is having a sticker of my logo (the blue brain). I looked into some options and found what looks like a great supplier, so I ordered some samples. They should arrive tomorrow (woo!), and if they look good then I'll make them available for purchase (they'll show up on my store page). I'll also give a free sticker to every patron on Patreon who donates at least $5, so that will be a nice relatively immediate reward for patrons.
As I mentioned, I've been doing some work on a couple of research studies. But I've also found myself helping people out here and there somewhat randomly, now that I'm far enough along in my training to be in a position to do so. A friend of mine suggested I should start to make this a little more formal, and I agree! So I looked into options and decided to setup Bonsai (it integrates with Stripe for payments, which is also what my site uses). That will allow me to make contracts and invoices, and people can pay right through that service.
I don't anticipate doing much freelance work, but it's nice to have a system in place for it.
Really, the themes of the past two months have been: professional development, networking, automating, creating systems/routines, and overall just better establishing myself as a professional. I may still be in grad school, but this transition into internship marks a major turning point, from student to the first stages of my career. It will be the first year I work fulltime on clinical work (though to be fair, I work four days/week right now, but in two different clinics). And once internship is over I should finally be ready for my degree.
But so far, based on the work I've done these past two months, I'm really enjoying this transition into greater professionalism. And I'm looking forward to this continued journey.