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Which brings us to the theme of this roundup: Work-life balance...
(Insert maniacal laughter here.)
The LabSpaces bloggers threw a mini-carnival of sorts last week on this subject, which really focused on how we balance science and relationships. DrugMonkey threw together a little summary post that day, but here's a complete* listing:
Brian talks about choosing science over his relationship in grad school and finding another scientist who puts up with his antics.
LabMom shares here biggest challenge in balancing career and motherhood: good old-fashioned guilt.
LadyScientist wants her home life and work life to be in the same place--and is bugged by people who think that's not the way to go.
Dr. O also admits to being "picky" and not applying to Forbidden U.
Disgruntled Julie elaborates on the pros and cons of a long-distance marriage.
Geeka comments on finding balance after divorce.
Genomic Repairman discusses some approaches he's taking to not come off as a tyrant when at home with his fiance.
Jade Ed confesses to being a workaholic.
I discuss my lofty grad school goal of still being married after I had my Ph.D. and what it's taken to make it 7 years.
Dr. Becca, fashionably late (but still always welcome), realizes how objectively boring her life outside the lab has become. Don't worry, Dr. Becca--some of us are right there with you.
Of course, this issue is one that's often on our minds and discussed all over the blogosphere. So here are a few recent posts elsewhere that are worth a look. Over at Scientopia, Rebecca Montague and Janet Stemwedel debate whether it's possible to "have it all" and what that really means. Prof-Like Substance writes about balancing his career with his family life--and finds that not all restrictions are bad. Mike Dunford talks about the issue from his perspective on non-traditional gender roles. At ScienceBlogs, Dr. Isis picks up the theme, commenting on ScienceCareers spotlighting scientist dads.
Seen any other great posts? Leave a link in the comments!
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