Foggy. For the first time since I’ve been in St. Croix, the weather is dismal. Instead of nice, sunny breezes, it’s hot, stuffy and grey. It’s like trying to put on a sweater and not being able to find the arm or head holes and tangling your limbs and sweating and panicking that you will be trapped in this cotton prison forever.
Today is a research day, which normally I enjoy, but unfortunately my motivation is in the same slump as the weather. The ever tempting Facebook sits just a Command+T away. My project really relies on self motivation and self focus since I work independently. This is probably what I’ve been struggling with the most since I’m used to someone checking up on me every few hours which jump-starts me back into productive action. I’m working alone in the Great House since the TNC (the Nature Conservancy) employees are out on a turtle rescue mission and my mentor is very busy with planning a trip to Guam to advise the governor with environmental actions. This project has proved very helpful for me to learn ways to motivate myself, problem solve independently without constantly asking “is this okay?”, and create my own projects.
In the meantime, please enjoy this selfie of me and my true love (and subject of my project): Elkhorn Coral