So, welcome to the newest page of my online portfolio. As I have been curating this website and defining each section, I found myself wanting to write more of my own views and thoughts. The research page, which acts like a blog, gave me an initial start, but I found myself needing more freedom to write analytically; instead of just the research bits. So, I have decided to branch into a new page and let the research page focus solely on my research updates and article talk. 

And thus... A Wandering Mind.  

Now, why name a blog, on a phd portfolio, A Wandering Mind? Typically, a wandering mind isn't a good thing. It is usually synonymous with a diminutive drive and listlessness. We usually want our minds to be focused and intune, but I implore you to ponder, just for a moment, the idea of letting out minds wander and wonder. It is often in these moments when we have bursts of genius and creativity. When we let our minds roam, we find the solutions to questions we were searching for.

In the digital era we live in now, information is generated and found in milliseconds. Our time is driven by the speed at which a computer can respond and, in response, we are expected to think more and more rapidly to keep up. However, in doing so, we can become so fixated that we miss what we were looking for. J. R. R. Tolkien's quote, "Not all those who wander are lost", sums up the necessity of letting our minds wander and letting go of the belief that we must constantly stay focused (which it is why it is fixed atop the blog). It is a reminder that is it ok to drift, but drift with purpose. Let our mind's move from the rat race and find peace, because in those moments are where we can find what we are truly seeking and can tune out the buzz, so that we can refocus. 

Now that my philosophical side has shown a bit, I will invite you to continue to join me. I am not sure where topics will lead or even what they will be about, which is the joy of this section of my portfolio. The thoughts here are entirely of my own and derived from occasionally letting my mind wander. As a phd candidate, removing my mind from overdrive is difficult; there is a part inside of me that will always want to keep on the gas and moving forward with what I am working on, but, thankfully, a bigger part of me understands the necessity of stepping away, even if it is just for a moment. By taking myself outside of the "bubble" of a certain project, I can see more clearly. The answers become visible or a new direction begins, perhaps in a way I had not originally thought. 

So thank you for stopping by and reading through to the end; I hope my rambling make some sense outside of my own head. Stay tuned for more wanderings and please join the conversation.

Until next time.