seabreezelife on Instagram

Bree

👩🏼‍🔬 PhD Candidate | Physiology and Biophysics 🌴 Miami, FL 🏃🏼‍♀️Fitness lover

http://bree-watkins-6dq6.squarespace.com/blog/newdirections

Report inappropriate content

Yesterday was perfect. . . . . Thank you @andriellephotography for capturing some incredible moments!

2

Kicking off the weekend with a killer @soccershape workout! This is always the best way to start a Saturday!

7

Rounding off a solid week in lab before I’m off to get married!!! This week has been intense and productive and that puts a smile on my face! Plus, I can’t get over my amazing new science pins from @twophoton!!

11

Another day, another round of experiments planned. How do scientists keep track of everything? We keep a well-written (some more so than others) lab notebook. We tote these notebooks around to write details of our experiments so people can come and repeat them after us or use data after we’ve left the lab, and also to keep track of everything we’ve done and need to do. The longer I’m in lab, the worse my memory seems to get and the more I have to write every little thing down.

4

FOCUS | What do you tend to focus on? I realized this morning that I tend to focus on things that I think need fixing and where I want to improve. I think that I constantly need to work on myself and uproot all of the things I perceive as negative. But, today I tried something new - instead of thinking of what’s “wrong” I decided to focus on the the amazing things that have happened so far this week. I’ve gotten a lot of reading done for lab, I’ve made a lot of new connections, I’ve made a plan of experiments and a teaching plan for some new students coming to work with us, I got to play at acro last night, I have some strong coffee in my cup, and I made some space for myself on my mat. . . Life is so different when you focus on the progress you’ve made right where you are in the present moment. Happy Wednesday.

5

MY FIRST PAPER HAS BEEN ACCEPTED!!! This is the face of a Sunday celebration when my boss sends the email to say congrats on the paper acceptance! This will be my first first author paper - hopefully the start to a long list of papers.

24

Today at the lab bench - Xenopus laevis oocytes (aka the eggs of the African clawed frog). These little guys are what I use in all of my experiments. You can hijack their system, so-to-speak, by over-expressing a foreign RNA that will become a protein. We do this by injecting the RNA that will make a human cardiac potassium channel into the frog egg and after a few days the egg will produce lots and lots of human channels. Then the experiments begin.

5

SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES | I secretly (or maybe not so secretly) love reading papers because it’s an opportunity to learn new things. When research is your full time job, though, it can be difficult to make the time to read new articles - sometimes taking the time to read can even make me feel guilty for being away from the lab bench or analysis (anyone else?). But taking the time to read can actually make us more productive! Reading articles has helped me to answer some long-standing questions about my research focus, it’s taught me new ways of looking at an experiment, and it’s helped to spark my interest when motivation and excitement feel like they’re fizzling out. Plus articles can be an amazing resource for those outside of an academic setting to learn more about science and medicine from reliable, peer-reviewed journals. . . . What’s on your reading list?

1

PASSION | Thinking about my future today and the things I want to study. My cells aren’t good for experiments today so I’m spending some time writing a personal statement for a course I want to apply to. This course is all about ion channels in neural circuitry (which is what I want to study one of these days when I’m the big boss - ie. the principal investigator or PI of a research lab). So today I get to daydream a little about the future and also look back on the science that got me excited about doing research in the first place. Here’s some immunofluorescence staining of brain tissue back from when I was a little undergrad.

4

THROWBACK | Last week I stepped on a track for an interval workout for the first time in 8 years. We did 8 200m repeats and it brought back some memories. I have always loved running and always will even though it handed me my fair share of injuries that inevitably led me to hang up my spikes. It’s been fun to easy back into running a little more and see things from a different angle. So here’s a little throwback to my days of competitive running. PS: swipe to see the outcome of your Dad being the team photographer. 😜😂🏃🏼‍♀️

2

PERSPECTIVE | My life has changed so much recently and a lot of the difference I’ve seen stems from a change in perspective. A year ago, one small setback or negative thought would have sent me spiraling. I felt so unlike myself, living pessimistically rather than full of joy. But I’ve found that living mindfully of my thoughts and feelings has allowed me to counter the things that deviate from my truth and values. Just because I’m not feeling particularly happy or motivated or loving DOES NOT DICTATE who I am. My actions define me. Yesterday I woke up feeling beaten down by a busy and frustrating week with work in lab. But I recognized that I don’t have to remain stuck in this feeling, so made some coffee to cheer me up, a green smoothie to nourish me, pampered my broken out skin, and reminded myself just how incredibly blessed I am to be here pursuing what I’m passionate about and encountering new opportunities to grow in every aspect of my life. . . . Actions > Feelings

8

I get to marry this man in exactly one month! It doesn’t feel real.

6

This group right here is full of Miami’s best! I started going to @soccershape workouts a couple months ago and it quickly became my favorite workout! Thanks for an amazing open house and an even more amazing community, y’all!

6

Things are starting to change. Yesterday I resubmitted a manuscript using my married name. Publication record is everything for a scientist so changing the name you use to publish is a pretty big deal!! . . . The new chapter begins.

7

Cartwheeling through the weekend after a run!

1

I surprised myself this morning- I rarely try this arm balance. The last time I tried it was Sunday and I was so close to holding it I was shocked (it’s been so long since I’ve tried arm balances). I was feeling pretty energized at the end of my short little practice this morning so I decided to give eight angle pose a shot - cue the dopey, excited look on my face at the end!

5

It was a beautiful evening for a run! I remember back when running was my life and now three miles feels like a challenge. My mindset and relationship with running has changed so much and it’s so exciting to slowly get back into the running community.

6

Gave acro yoga a try for the first time yesterday thanks to an amazing workshop! The things I got to try were definitely some of the most amazing things I’ve challenged my body to do! Now I’m obsessed and so grateful for a fun community of people who get outside and play!

5