2019: The Year for Growth

It’s that time of year again. Time to set totally reasonable goals and not accomplish at least 50% of them.

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New Year, Healthier Ashlei

For me there’s the usual #1 goal. Also known as working out regularly. In the past this goal was on my list for purely vain reasons.  This year the vanity is still there, I won’t lie. But the biggest reason is my overall health. Last year was an eye opener for me regarding the fleeting nature of life.  An old friend of mine passed away from cancer, he was only 26 years old. My mentor’s cousin also passed away from cancer at the age of 19. To add to the list of cancer news in 2018 my boss was diagnosed with Stage II uterine cancer, she should be fine but all of this bad news really had an impact on me.

In fact, because of my boss’s cancer diagnosis I finally went to the doctor to have my own issues looked at. Turns out I have uterine fibroids, these are noncancerous growths but a nuisance none the less. So in addition to improving my health via regular exercise I also decided to become a pescatarian (this move is also influenced by my own moral opinions as well as the science on the environmental impact of meat farming; and by the by I know there’s an impact on the environment due to fish farming but baby steps people).

 2019: Boss Babe Status

This year is the year for even more career growth. If I can complete all of the large projects on my list for the year, I hope to receive another promotion. What’s the ultimate goal? I’m not 100% sure where I aim to be career wise in the next few years except that I want to be out of the lab and preferably I would be my own boss, or at least in a superior position.

To achieve boss babe status I also need to build connections. My goal is to attend at least two microbiology/pharmaceutical development conferences.

In This World Only the Strong – Or the Intelligent Survive

I’m not the strongest person on the planet, instead my best asset is my brain. This year I aim to develop this asset even more.  My company was obtained by a larger corporation that offers tuition reimbursement to its employees. YAY!!!! I plan to apply to graduate school for the 2020 fall semester. On a more hobby-oriented education note, I plan to teach myself basic code. How is it that a millennial such as myself can’t even code? I feel like a failure to my generation. 2019 we’ll change all of that.


Despite this long list of things I would like to change in 2019, I don’t want you to leave this post thinking I am unhappy with who I am as a whole. I’m not. Not to toot my own horn but I’m pretty darn dope. But there’s nothing wrong with setting goals.

What are some of your goals for 2019? For every change you want to make, tell me at least one thing you love about yourself.

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