I think its clear to everyone that 2017 was, collectively, not the best year on record. And even on a personal level, it was very difficult for me..however, this was also the year that I finally met those challenges head on. As someone who has spent most of her life as other people’s doormat, this was an important year for me: the year I put myself first, for once!
It was the year I put emphasis on my work – physically, academically, mentally, and spiritually. This includes this very blog, as well! And I’m thankful that I took the chance and extended my social media presence – there are so many fellow archaeologists and academics that I’ve met through Twitter that have become great friends and inspirations to me.
So despite the small size of options to pick from, here’s a highlight reel from this first year on the blog, as well as some pieces I wrote elsewhere on the Internet.
The Best of Animal Archaeology™: the Blog (and other Alex-Related Writings)
- On Mental Health, or How To Breathe During Your PhD
- On Animal Teeth, or Why I’m Not a Dentist
- On Imposter Syndrome, or What Are We Even Doing?!
- Spooky, Scary, Inaccurate Skeletons
- On The Average Day of a Zooarchaeologist, or “So like, what do you even do?”
- Keeper of the Archives: Sith Archaeology and Propaganda
- Meet Alex Fitzpatrick, a Zooarchaeologist
- Me Versus Me
- How Sleeping on Rocks for a Month Changed My Life as an Archaeologist
- How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace Social Media…for Science!
To 2018 – may it be a bit brighter and full of opportunities for us all!
Have a good New Year’s Eve and Day, everyone!