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Bree

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

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Two posts in one day because there are only TWO MORE MONTHS until our wedding!! Time is getting away from me lately, but in the best possible way!

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NEW BLOG AND NEW TERRITORY | It’s been a long while since I’ve posted a new blog. I’ve been lacking in motivation and the writer’s block hit me pretty hard. I’ve never been one to stay in one singular box, only allowing myself to write about one topic (this is the reason I’ve had around 3 failed personal blogs before Seabreezelife). I’m branching out into some new territory to include more topics both personal and professional. . . . In my newest post, I introduce this transition and tackle a topic on professional development that’s particularly useful for female leaders. I hope you enjoy it. Click the link in my profile (or find the blog here: http://bree-watkins-6dq6.squarespace.com/blog/newdirections)

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Does anyone else feel like they spend an inordinate amount of time planning for the future? I’m a strong proponent of thinking through all the next phases in detail, plus it has the added perk of really boosting my productivity in the present moment.

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It’s time for a post-conference data storm. I just spent the last 4 days at a conference for ion channels in the middle of nowhere Massachusetts. Feeling fueled and inspired by all the amazing science I got to see, it’s time to kick it into full gear and get some work done.

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This is what happens when you put me in nature - just playing on some rocks in Joshua Tree.

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Branching out a little and trying new things. I’ve been so tunnel visioned on achieving muscular physique, but lately I’ve been noticing that I’m lacking a lot in functional fitness. What’s the point of strength training if you can’t do fun things that require strength and flexibility. So I’m aiming at focusing on what my body can DO, and if it happens to look good as a consequence then that’s just an added perk!

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Happy birthday to this amazing man (who hates having his picture taken). I hope you’ve had the best day in the world!

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OPEN UP. It’s so easy to close off, seeking distractions and avoiding opportunities to look inward. Sometimes we’re scared of what we’ll find in our hearts and our minds and that if we sit still with our thoughts, it’ll be too uncomfortable- too much to face. I’ve done that more and more lately, and I’ve noticed just how distant it makes me feel. Distant from the truth that I know, distant from living life to the fullest, distant from genuine connections, and distant from who I’m made to be. Today for the first time in a while I got out on my balcony and did yoga, slowing down, opening up my body and my heart in the mild evening air. Afterwards, I feel calm, my mind is more still, and my body feels alive after getting my blood flowing. . . . Allow yourself to open up- break out of routines that keep you on autopilot and let yourself rediscover the things that bring you joy.

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The clouds have finally cleared up to get in the water. And what better way to soak in the sun is with my new sunblock from #miamiyogagirlgiveaway!! Good for your skin and good for coral reefs!! Sun protection is fun!

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I’m ready for these views again. I love rocky coastlines, to me they seem so much more beautiful and like they hold so much room for adventure.

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Happy International Yoga Day! I started doing yoga 5 years ago as a way to try and heal from chronic back pain and then it transformed into a bit of an obsession. My practice since though has been a little all over the place as I’ve experimented with different types of workouts and gotten back into a little bit of running. But yoga is always something I can come back to and it shows me ways to check in with myself - my body and my mind. Yoga frees my mind to see things more clearly and live and love more fully. So take my advice and ground into yourselves today, on this lovely day celebrating yoga.

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I can’t wait to be up in the air again. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve always had a strange love for airports because they hold so much possibility- there are planes going everywhere! I definitely have wanderlust fever and I’ll always savor seeing beautiful skies like this one from my last trip.

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Three months til “I do”! I’m getting more and more excited every day we get closer to our wedding.

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Birmingham, you hold such a special place in my heart. You introduced me to the love of my life, you gave me the opportunity to fall in love with research, you brought me beautiful friendships. It’s nice to see you again, B’ham!

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I’m just here. I’ve been stuck at the airport since 10 pm because the flight cancellations just kept coming. So obviously 2 am is the perfect time for some yoga in this quiet terminal while everyone around me has curled up on the floor. This is just a little glimpse of my 30 minute airport practice, because why not?

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Finding balance between different workouts can be tough. I fluctuate in and out between different styles of workouts where I’ll dedicate months to HIIT or weight training, then dabble a little bit in running (my long time love affair), and then occasionally dip into yoga (my most neglected practice). I’m bound and determined, though, to achieve balance and give my body what it needs- mixing more yoga and meditative work into my routine to counter balance the high intensity workouts I do regularly. 🙏🏼

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Views from this morning’s sweat on the beach with @soccershape! It’s been a long time since I’ve had this much fun during a tough workout! ☀️⚽️🌊🌴

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Mostly playing with the camera because it’s way more fun to make the robot arm move than optimize the equipment. I have a feeling these guys are going to be taking up a lot of our time before they’re up and running smoothly.

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