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The Nodes in the Houses: Gifts and Lessons

The North and South Nodes are two points on the Moon. In astrology, these points are considered indicators of karma, lessons, and overall themes within the life.

The South Node marks what we already know. Some see this as lessons we have already learned in our past lives, so we don’t need to learn them again. The sign this Node falls in reveals the energies and knowledge already within us, but it can also reveal our weaknesses. For those who don’t believe in past lives, this is often seen as the lessons we learn quickly, or in childhood.

The North Node, also known as the True Node, marks the lessons we need to learn in this lifetime. The sign this Node falls in reveals what challenges and difficult positions we will be faced with in this life. This is a director, pointing us towards our ultimate destiny or purpose.

Because these Nodes are perfectly opposite, they will fall in opposing houses (ie. the 1st and the 7th, 2nd and the 8th, etc). You can find interpretations of the Nodes in the signs here.

North Node in the 1st House and South Node in the 7th House

Lessons: Be authentic, find your identity, overcome the traumas and challenges of your early life, form a self that is separate from others, and learn how to take the lead
Gifts: A strong understanding of partnership, generosity, diplomacy, charisma, and talents with communication and collaboration
Weaknesses: Dependency, inability to separate the self from others, altering the self to appease others

North Node in the 2nd House and South Node in the 8th House

Lessons: Develop your values, balance material and spiritual matters in your life, support yourself and be self-sufficient
Gifts: Insight and intuition, spiritual connections, understanding of spiritual and occult matters, the ability to handle and accept death as a part of life
Weaknesses: Inability to trust others, reliance on others, manipulative behavior, using sex as a tool, and a tendency towards abuse of one’s power

North Node in the 3rd House and South Node in the 9th House

Lessons: Listen to others and seek to gather information always, balance the abstract and the solid ideas in your life, communicate
Gifts: Strong morals, intellectual, strong curiosity, lifelong learner, charm, focus, and drive
Weaknesses: Condescending, self-righteous,  over-confident, unable to accept criticism, possess a tendency to jump to conclusions, struggle with commitment and responsibility

North Node in the 4th House and South Node in the 10th House

Lessons: Both emotional and financial security are key in life, allow yourself to rest, focus on your own emotional needs and those of others, and build your “family”
Gifts: Ambitious, driven, hardworking, unwavering determination, embracing tradition, a natural leader
Weaknesses: Easily lose sight of what’s important, work themselves too hard, struggles with authority, relies too greatly on the recognition and opinions of others

North Node in the 5th House and South Node in the 11th House

Lessons: Creativity is your most powerful tool, think positively and focus on optimism over pessimism, embrace your inner child, taking risks can be worth it in the end
Gifts: Awareness of the community around you, networking skills, and an ability to befriend others with ease
Weaknesses: Giving into the desires of others, fear of commitment and intimacy, emotional detachment

North Node in the 6th House and South Node in the 12th House

Lessons: How to care for your physical body and the mind, stand up for yourself and put your needs first sometimes, you must care for yourself before you can truly care for others, how to stay organized
Gifts: Selflessness, intuition, creativity, highly imaginative, spirituality and morals
Weaknesses: Inability to stand up for yourself, lack of common sense, lack of drive, martyr

North Node in the 7th House and South Node in the 1st House

Lessons: Learn how to live selflessly, embrace partnership and cooperation, stand up and support others
Gifts: Confidence, self-awareness, self-control and discipline, adaptability
Weaknesses: Selfishness, struggle with social situations and sometimes social anxiety, lacks awareness of others and their needs and emotions

North Node in the 8th House and South Node in the 2nd House

Lessons: How to wield your power over others in constructive ways, how to constantly evolve to always be your very best, embrace change instead of fearing it, and embrace intimacy without sacrificing yourself
Gifts: Stability, disciplined and focused, common sense, an awareness of responsibility and security
Weaknesses: Being a source of support for others constantly but also being unwilling to accept support in return, fear of change, rigidity

North Node in the 9th House and South Node in the 3rd House

Lessons: Explore the world around you, learning is a lifelong experience, focus on the big picture, be bold and honest
Gifts: Powerful communication skills, adaptability, ingenuity, networking skills
Weaknesses: Losing the self in others, adapting too much, infidelity, a tendency to simply tell others what they want to hear or to outright lie because it’s easier

North Node in the 10th House and the South Node in the 4th House

Lessons: Authority is not always negative, embrace independence in all forms, you can’t support everyone, and focus on your self-esteem and confidence
Gifts: Defending the self and others, nurturing, emotional intelligence, a strong sense of empathy
Weaknesses: Dependency, inability to let go of the past, self-esteem relies on the approval of others

North Node in the 11th House and the South Node in the 5th House

Lessons: Connecting with others is key, love comes in many forms, how to use your imagination and leadership skills for others
Gifts: Optimism, passion, creativity, leadership skills, generous with love and affection
Weaknesses: Easily caught up in drama, stubbornness, hedonistic, selfish, always putting themselves before others

North Node in the 12th House and the South Node in the 6th House

Lessons: Explore your own psyche, look at the big picture, face the unconscious issues you carry with you instead of suppressing them
Gifts: Attention for detail, hardworking, thoughtful, awareness of health, self-discipline
Weaknesses: Unaware of their own limits, highly critical of themselves and others, micromanaging

More on solarpunk education:

So I made a big post about cooperative, age-appropriate games as a solarpunk education method, but in my ideal solarpunk world that would only be one aspect of education. Here are some other education ideas bouncing around in my head. Like cooperative games, they all require a lot of time, knowledgeable teachers, and community investment, but I think they would lead to healthier, enthusiastic people, fully prepared to live well and be lifelong learners.

Food Science Education: Starting at a young age with simple gardening and cooking, stuff that young kids can get really excited about. As kids age, folding in the complete science of where food comes from, its relationship with the ecosystem, how to preserve it, and how to prepare it.The idea being that by the time you’re an adult you should have the tools to competently feed yourself even if you end up focusing on other things.  

Relationship Education: An improvement on sex ed. Much of the same content, but expanded with more information for all genders and sexualities, and good, non-scare tactic science on the human body, reproduction, contraceptives, stds, and common communicable illnesses. Also, workshops on healthy relationship communication, self-care, meditation/introspection/self-knowledge, basic first aid, how to help friends in the midst of crisis or mental illness, how to recognize predatory/manipulative/abusive behaviors (in sexual situations and otherwise oh my god it’s so important, why aren’t we taught this early and often?), some basic childhood development stuff. 

Artistic Expression & Upcycling: Art classes which would cover art theory and allow for a lot of self-expression, but would also teach young adults to make and repair their own clothing, use basic woodworking tools, work with ceramics, safely fiddle with metals and basic electronics, and other practical “specialty” skills necessary for a world with less waste. 

Rotating Apprenticeships: Starting out as small group field trips for younger kids, and evolving into longer choice-based apprenticeships in areas of interest, maybe taking up one day per week for high school aged kids. The community members involved in this experience wouldn’t necessarily give lessons on their livelihood – for example a farmer with a deep knowledge of medieval history and geology could focus on one of those subjects if they chose. This would give adults in the community a chance to delve deeper into subjects they loved, and kids a chance to learn a subject from someone truly enthusiastic.

Questing/Journeyman years/other travel: I know there are plenty of posts on solarpunk travel, but in an educational context I imagine it as a continuation of rotating apprenticeships. This would be a time for young adults to visit people and places related to their areas of interest. It could be very specific (like meeting and working with 5 scientists on 5 continents while studying food sustainability) or a more general exploration (visiting some great museums, WOOFing, contributing to public art, and journaling about the experience while trying to decide what to do next). 

Independent Project Salons: This would be a way to tie together celebration, community, and education. Informal salon settings would be a great place for young adults doing independent study or in the midst of travel to meet and talk about their experiences and ideas, and maybe show off their work. Possibly hosted by retired folks who could organize food and drink, introduce topics and guests, and add the benefit of their own experiences.

What other kinds of solarpunk educational programs do you love the idea of?

anonymous asked:

Why is it that there is a high probability that medics will experience mental health issues? Is it related to long working hours, emotional labour, the pressure to succeed etc? Are there similar patterns within dental students/dentist community?

It’s a complex issue, and I’m not sure it’s been researched properly. We certainly don’t have a monopoly on mental health problems, but when current figures suggest that 8 in 10 of us will have mental problems, you know it’s really serious. Interestingly, 60 per cent of UK doctors in general have experienced mental illness, but the figure rises to 82 per cent in England. That’s a really, really high proportion. I’m pretty sure it also affects dentists, too.

Speaking personally, I can say that of the people in medicine that I know well, only a few people haven’t experienced mental health problems. We may differ in the degree to which we are affected, and the type of influence it has on our lives, and the exact illness, but mental illness is something that unites us. And yet it remains stigmatised, and the ways in which our health problems are assessed can make it difficult for people to feel comfortable seeking help when they are struggling.

The short answer is that I think it’s all of what you said. And more. I don’t think it’s any one thing, and to be honest, I think different aspects affect us all differently. So the bits that I struggle with might not be the same bits that affect my friends the most. But overall, these things affect us all.

To answer your question, we must start back in secondary school. What kind of person chooses to become a doctor? Someone who is typically a very high achiever, who works hard, wants to do their very best, and is a bit of a perfectionist. Someone who applies very high standards to themselves. If you think about it, applying to med school is a grand undertaking. You aren’t just saying that you want to study something, you are declaring your intent to be a hero. You want to save people, to make a difference in the world. It’s a massive act of optimism and bravery.

That’s your first risk factor.  The pressure to do well in your GCSEs and A levels can be immense. Being a perfectionist is risky, because in real life it is very hard to achieve perfection. And the kinds of people who go into medicne are the kinds of people who expect a huge deal of themselves. We all have to learn not to break down when we can’t reach a particular standard.  For some people, mental problems start in school.

And some people don’t have great childhoods, and carry a lot of trauma behind their perfection. People imagine docs or nurses as happy, smiling people with perfect lives, from well-off backgrounds, but nobody has any idea what many people faced in the past. Some of us are just dealing with a lot more problems to begin with, and then you add med school or doctorhood on top of that. I have serious respect for how well many such people cope with the pressures of medicine, given everything else thay are facing.

When you go to med school, there’s a lot of pressure. So much to learn, so little time. The pressure med schools can put on you with endless exams can really add up. Everyone seems to know more than you do. You look at doctors and think that they seem so far removed from where you are now; how will you ever get there? You try to imagine yourself delivering a baby, or leading a cardiac arrest, or diagnosing a difficult case. And whilst it might make a great fantasy, in reality you know just how far you have to go.  And the gap between pefection and where you are seems pretty wide. Sometimes placements make you feel worse about yourself,  sometimes exams are the biggest stress factor. For many people it starts in med school.

Then you start working as a doctor. However ready you felt, the minute you start, you realise med school did not prepare you for the system. But you fumble your way along as best as you can. Hoping not to kill anyone in the process. That’s another risk factor. The sheer pressure of being responsible for other people’s lives. The pressure of what might happen if you make a mistake. The pressure of what might happen if you get complaints, or whistleblow. The thought of legal ramifications, as well as ethical ones. It’s a heavy burden to carry, and it’s a side people don’t really talk about very much. Sometimes I think, even within medicine, that we need to do more to talk about and deal with this side, rather than suffer alone.

You get swamped with work, more often than not. You rarely leave on time. You get stuck in situations you feel completely unprepared for. Sometimes your seniors help, sometimes they don’t.  You discover the complexity of human life, and human suffering, and encounter heartbreaking scenarios on a daily basis. The world is a weird, wonderful place, and you have a front row seat into the deepest, darkest secrets of humanity. Sometimes people are nice, sometimes they are not. There’s something very dispiriting about being shouted at by people you are trying to make better. Sometimes you can put it down to people just needing a good rant, and you can let it go. But sometimes it really gets to you. Overall, medicine can be highly emotionally charged because being sick is a very emotional time for patients and their families, and some of that can rub off on us. 

There’s also the sad reality that we can’t save everyone, and that we sometimes reach the limit of what we can do. Or we make mistakes. Or we discover that others have made mistakes. We go into medicine wanting to help people, but sometimes bieng a doctor is just realising how powerless you really are to actually change some things. And feeling the full force of having to explain to patients and their families that “this is all we can do”. I think you’re right that there’s a heavy emotional toll that comes with the job. We truly care about what we do, and we want to do our best, so it always hurts when our best isn’t good enough. We cry because we can’t change a person’s diagnosis, or their response to treatment. We cry because we can’t fix everything. We cry because we hate knowing that it isn’t good enough. We cry because we hate the limitations of the system we are working in. We want a better world for our patients, our families and ourselves.

Your timetable is not just lots of hours, it’s also irregular. There’s also just the effect it has on your body. shift work is really bad for you. It messes up your natural rhythms, mucks up your metabolism, increasing your risk of metabolic diseases and other health problems. It makes you feel absolutely exhausted. You struggle to eat a balanced diet, or get enough exercise. Sometimes, when you are particularly snowed under, you struggle to have any kind of meaningful life outside of work at all. It’s not hard to see how this kind of isolation can lead to burnout or mental illness.

Your social life becomes sporadic; even when you have time, you are too exhausted to go out. Some friends understand, some don’t.  You can never understand how amazing it is to work 9-5 until you don’t. The sheer effect that shiftwork has on your social life is huge; you sleep or work when others are out socialising. Then your breaks are when everyone else is busy; this can be isolating. Your hobbies are something you have to cling onto as if you are drowning; it’s so easy to lose these parts of you, because medicine can become all-consuming. You always have paperwork. There is always more hoop-jumping to progress to the next stage of your training. More exams, that you prepare for by yourself. Audits, projects, all the other things you have to do, on your own time, to progress your career. To be honest, I find the ‘techicalities you have to tick off to pass the year’ one of the more stressful parts of medicine, personally. I really hate the constant low-key pressure to get things signed off by a particular deadline, and the struggle towards the end of the year is always unpleasant. It personally stresses me out more than being shouted at by relatives.

Not only that, but it’s built into our jobs that we have to progress. You can’t just ‘stay where you are’. In lots of jobs, once you get used to your team and figure out how to to your job, you’re all set. You can feel comfortable. Medicine is not like that at all.  Because each year you progress brings with it new expectations and roles and responsibilities that you are expected to take on. We’re forced to push ourselves to become better, every year, and it’s expected of us to try our best to master new challenges and become more confident. I don’t mean to imply that this is a bad thing, because it gives us direction and it pushes us to new heights. It prevents us from getting complacent, and makes us lifelong learners.  It means that we push ourselves to new heights, all the time. But that’s also a huge pressure, sometimes. It’s not easy to go beyond your comfort zone, and sometimes it’s scary and uncomfrotable, and feels like you’re being dragged kicking and screaming into the next stage of your life.

But really, the last bit is simply that life is stressful in general. We all have normal people problems. We’re not just doctors, we’re boyfriends who got dumped. Wives whose husbands have cancer. Children whose parents have disabilities and need care. Parents whose kids get sick. Grandkids of grandparents who pass away. We can pick up addictions. We can have personal problems with friends and family. Life can be horrid for everyone, I don’t think we are unique in that. I think medicine just piles more crap onto our plates on top of the usual life drama that anyone can fall victim to. And perhaps with all that going on, and then the stress that medicine piles on top? Perhaps that gets to be a little too much for most of us in medicine.

INTJ aesthetic

INTJs are perceptive about systems and strategy, and often understand the world as a chess board to be navigated. They want to understand how systems work, and how events proceed: the INTJ often has a unique ability to foresee logical outcomes. They enjoy applying themselves to a project or idea in depth, and putting in concentrated effort to achieve their goals.
INTJs have a hunger for knowledge and strive to constantly increase their competence; they are often perfectionists with extremely high standards of performance for themselves and others. They tend to have a keen interest in self-improvement and are lifelong learners, always looking to add to their base of information and awareness.

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Clarke Griffin

ESFJs act according to a strict moral code, and look for others to do the same. They often see things in terms of black and white, right and wrong, and they are typically not shy about sharing their evaluations of others’ behavior. ESFJs seek harmony and cooperation, and feel this is best accomplished when everyone follows the same set of rules. They have a sense of order in the way people relate to one another, and often take on roles that allow them to help enforce that social order. ESFJs feel a sense of personal responsibility for other people’s needs, and are usually eager to get involved and help out. They tend to be serious and practical, dutifully putting business before pleasure—especially the business of caring for others. 

Bellamy Blake

ISTPs are typically reserved and even aloof. Tolerant and nonjudgmental, the ISTP calmly takes in the details and facts of their surroundings, noticing sensory data and observing how things work. They often tune into what needs to be done, taking care of the immediate needs of the moment in a modest, inconspicuous way. They tend to prefer action to conversation, and are often private about their personal lives. ISTPs are unlikely to “open up” to new people in a conventional way, but may connect with others by sharing an activity or working together to solve a practical problem. ISTPs have an appreciation for risk and action, and often enjoy thrilling leisure activities like extreme sports, motorcycling, or weaponry.

Dr. Abigail Griffin

ESTJs are conventional, factual, and grounded in reality. For the ESTJ, the proof is in the past: what has worked and what has been done before. They value evidence over conjecture, and trust their personal experience. ESTJs look for rules to follow and standards to meet, and often take a leadership role in helping other people meet expectations as well. They concern themselves with maintaining the social order and keeping others in line. ESTJs often take on a project manager role at home as well as at work, and excel at setting goals, making decisions, and organizing resources to accomplish a task. The ESTJ wants to achieve efficient productivity and typically believes this is best accomplished when people and systems are well organized.

Octavia Blake

ESFPs live in the moment, enjoying what life has to offer. They are especially tuned into their senses and take pleasure in the sights, sounds, smells, and textures around them. ESFPs like to keep busy, filling their lives with hobbies, sports, activities, and friends. Because they’d rather live spontaneously than plan ahead, they can become overextended when there are too many exciting things to do. An ESFP hates nothing more than missing out on the fun. Although they are characteristically fun-loving, ESFPs are also typically practical and down-to-earth. They are grounded in reality and are usually keenly aware of the facts and details in their environment, especially as they pertain to people. They are observant of others and their needs, and responsive in offering assistance. ESFPs enjoy helping other people, especially in practical, tangible ways.

Jasper Jordan

ISFJs are driven by their personal values, and are conscientious in their behavior. They typically want to work hard, get along with others, and make sure they do what is expected of them. ISFJs value relationships highly and strive to cooperate and maintain harmony with others. They want stability and longevity in their relationships, and tend to maintain a deep devotion to family. They feel most connected with people they know they can rely upon over the long term. They place great importance on fitting in with established institutions and contributing what they can to maintain strong, stable social structures. In groups, they often take on the role of historian, ensuring that new members respect and value the established customs.

Thelonious Jaha

INFJs are guided by a deeply considered set of personal values. They are intensely idealistic, and can clearly imagine a happier and more perfect future. They can become discouraged by the harsh realities of the present, but they are typically motivated and persistent in taking positive action nonetheless. The INFJ feels an intrinsic drive to do what they can to make the world a better place. INFJs want a meaningful life and deep connections with other people. They do not tend to share themselves freely but appreciate emotional intimacy with a select, committed few. Although their rich inner life can sometimes make them seem mysterious or private to others, they profoundly value authentic connections with people they trust.

Marcus Kane

INTJs are perceptive about systems and strategy, and often understand the world as a chess board to be navigated. They want to understand how systems work, and how events proceed: the INTJ often has a unique ability to foresee logical outcomes. They enjoy applying themselves to a project or idea in depth, and putting in concentrated effort to achieve their goals. INTJs have a hunger for knowledge and strive to constantly increase their competence; they are often perfectionists with extremely high standards of performance for themselves and others. They tend to have a keen interest in self-improvement and are lifelong learners, always looking to add to their base of information and awareness.

Raven Reyes

ESTPs are energetic thrillseekers who are at their best when putting out fires, whether literal or metaphorical. They bring a sense of dynamic energy to their interactions with others and the world around them. They assess situations quickly and move adeptly to respond to immediate problems with practical solutions. Active and playful, ESTPs are often the life of the party and have a good sense of humor. They use their keen powers of observation to assess their audience and adapt quickly to keep interactions exciting. Although they typically appear very social, they are rarely sensitive; the ESTP prefers to keep things fast-paced and silly rather than emotional or serious.

Finn Collins

ESFPs are often the life of the party, entertaining and engaging others with humor and enthusiasm. They notice whether other people are having fun, and do their best to create a good time for all. Typically at home in their physical environment, ESFPs may take the lead in getting everyone involved in some active diversion. ESFPs are generally friendly and likable, but can be hard to get close to; although they tend to be very open, they are reluctant to be serious or to talk about anything negative.  ESFPs are typically warm and talkative and have a contagious enthusiasm for life. They like to be in the middle of the action and the center of attention.

John Murphy
ISTJ [The Inspector]

ISTJs like to know what the rules of the game are, valuing predictability more than imagination. They rely on their past experience to guide them, and are most comfortable in familiar surroundings. ISTJs trust the proven method, and appreciate the value of dedicated practice to build confidence in their skills. ISTJs are hardworking and will persist until a task is done. They are logical and methodical, and often enjoy tasks that require them to use step-by-step reasoning to solve a problem. They are meticulous in their attention to details, and examine things closely to be sure they are correct. With their straightforward logic and orientation to detail, ISTJs work systematically to bring order to their own small parts of the world.

Descriptions from Truity.

50 Things I Learned from Semester at Sea

  1. Pasta and potatoes are not my favorite food and if I ever say they are, I’m lying.
  2. This also applies to pork.
  3. I still love tacos, however. 
  4. You can get tested for narcotics and not even realize it.
  5. Living on deck 2 is the coolest.
  6. The Sea Olympics Lip-Sync contest is more intense than the American Idol finale.
  7. If you don’t know where someone is from, they’re probably from USD. (Shoutout to SoCal)
  8. The Union has maybe 20 good seats. That is all.
  9. The doors in your cabin always feel broken but really you just don’t have any arm muscle.
  10. You will be slightly judged if you take the elevators. 
  11. You may not wear costumes to lifeboat drills.
  12. Astronauts may just about be the coolest people ever. 
  13. Waking up to watch the sunrise is totally worth it.
  14. PB&J is completely appropriate for ever meal. 
  15. Just don’t sleep the night before you go to Cape Town because you will probably pull in 2 hours before they say you will and then you’ll miss the whole thing. 
  16. The words “Free Wifi” will warm your heart, even long after you are home with your 4g and LTE phones. 
  17. Every time you see/hear the name of a port you have visited, every memory you ever have of there will fill your head. (Truly. Watch: Morocco.)
  18. The public drive was a great place. 
  19. Don’t get hurt on the ship and tell the doctor because then the Safety Officer gets involved and everyone thinks you’re an idiot.
  20. Sometimes dolphins pop up at lifeboat drills and it makes everyone’s day.
  21. You will eat your weight in food on BBQ and not even realize how it happened. 
  22. The allotted internet they give you only really works between 4-8 AM.
  23. Yes, everything does go on sale at the end of the voyage at the campus store but they probably wont have your size so just buy it for the full cost.
  24. Getting on your RD’s good side is a smart move.
  25. This also applies to RD’s that are not yours.
  26. A SASsers guide to Africa: Deet, suncreen, pepto, repeat!
  27. Everyone looks like an alien after Neptune Day. 
  28. It definitely isn’t necessary to do a WHOLE lot of planning before your trip…but maybe a little tiny bit wouldn’t hurt. 
  29. Lifelong learners and dependents are awesome. Make friends with them. 
  30. You will have over 200 pictures of (ONLY) elephants from your safari and you will not erase any of them, ever. 
  31. Email is in. Texting is out. 
  32. The sun at the equator is VERY hot. Wear a lot of sunscreen. Take breaks. It is not worth the burn. 
  33. The Talent Show and Crew Talent Show are hopping. Get there early. 
  34. Bringing hand soap is a smart move because you are not supplied with it.
  35. Reaching for hand sanitizer becomes second nature while walking into the dining room.
  36. Your heels are worth packing, especially for the alumni ball. 
  37. Everyone’s fashion becomes Moroccan and Ghanaian halfway through the voyage.
  38. The smoothie’s on deck 7 are great…even if they are $4.
  39. Cookies go fast and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Cherish them.
  40. You will learn more about the people you make friends with on SAS than you will learn about anyone else at your home school. 
  41. Trying a new food is every country you go to is essential.
  42. Attend the Explorer and Union Seminars–you will learn new things that you can’t learn at home. 
  43. Stay up a little later one night to keep that conversation going.
  44. Study, because class is actually a thing. 
  45. Open yours eyes to new things. 
  46. Allow yourself some “me time”.
  47. Always carry your green sheet.
  48. Don’t be afraid to talk to locals. You can learn a lot from them.
  49. Take pictures of everything because once you step off that ship, you’ll want to be back on it more than anything. 
  50. DON’T MISS THE BOAT. (And don’t be late for on-ship time because dock time sucks.)

HERStory Matters: Pioneering educator Maria Louise Baldwin was born on September 13, 1856.

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mary received all of her education in Cambridge’s schools. In 1874, Baldwin graduated from Cambridge High School and went on to graduate from the Cambridge Training School for Teachers.

Baldwin wrote to then-Cambridge School Board member Horace E. Scudder, asking him to help her secure a teaching position. Scudder told her, however, that it seemed to him that it was clearly her duty to go south and work for those with more limited educational opportunities. Unable to land a teaching job in Cambridge, she headed south for Chestertown, Md., where she taught for two years.

Baldwin did not give up the hope that she might one day obtain a teaching post in Cambridge. After discussing the matter with several people, she became convinced that there was work to be done in New England — living down race prejudice and demonstrating that black women could perform good and worthy work wherever they might cast their lot.

Perhaps caving in to pressure applied by the African American community, in 1882 the Cambridge School Department hired Baldwin as a teacher at the Agassiz School, making her the only black public school teacher in Cambridge. In 1889, she became principal of the school, making her the first African-American female principal in Massachusetts and the Northeast. As principal, Baldwin supervised white faculty and a predominantly white student body.

In 1916, as a new Agassiz school was erected to include higher grades and Mary Baldwin was made schoolmaster, supervising twelve teachers and five hundred students. She was one of only two women in the Cambridge school system who held the position of master and the only African-American in New England to hold such a position.

Baldwin ultimately served as master of Agassiz school for forty years. Under her leadership, the school of Agassiz became one of the best in the city, attended by children of Harvard professors and many of the old Cambridge families. She introduced new methods of teaching mathematics and began art classes. She was also the first to introduce the practice of hiring a school nurse. Her school was the only one in the city of Cambridge to establish an “open-air” classroom.

A lifelong learner, Maria took many classes at Harvard University and other colleges. She also was an instructor who taught summer courses for teachers at Hampton Institute in Virginia and the Institute for Colored Youth in Pennsylvania.

She won praises all over the country for her lecture on the life of Harriet Beecher Stowe and presented lectures on presidents Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln as well. Baldwin often gave readings from the works of African-American poet, novelist and playwright Paul Lawrence Dunbar. Her home became the center for various literary activities. There she held weekly readings for African American students attending Harvard.

Maria Baldwin held leadership positions in a number of civic and educational organizations. Not only did she help Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin establish the Woman’s Era Club — a group comprised chiefly of prominent black women who dedicated their efforts to cultural enrichment, charitable work and women’s suffrage — but on Jan. 17, 1894, she became the club’s vice president.

Baldwin belonged to many social and literary clubs, including the Twentieth Century Club, the Cantabrigia Club and the Banneker Club. She was also a member of the “Omar Circle,” a small group of black intellectuals. In 1897, she and Booker T. Washington were elected honorary members of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences.

Baldwin volunteered her time raising money for the education of African-American children and young adults. On March 27, 1900, at the Madison Square Garden Concert Hall, she and W. E. B. Du Bois addressed a meeting to raise funds for a free kindergarten for African American children in New York City.

While addressing the council of the Robert Gould Shaw House Association at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston, on January 9, 1922, Maria Baldwin collapsed and died suddenly of heart disease.

In her honor, the League of Women for Community Service dedicated the Maria L. Baldwin Memorial Library on Dec. 20, 1923.

In 1976, the Maria Baldwin House was named a National Historic Landmark. It is located at 196 Prospect Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. A private home, it is not open for tours.

On February 12, 2004, Agassiz School was officially renamed the Maria L. Baldwin School as a result of a campaign initiated by an eighth-grade student at the school and actively supported by other students and the principal of the school.

Meekness loves to learn. And it counts the blows of a friend as precious. And when it must say a critical word to a person caught in sin or error, it speaks from the deep conviction of its own fallibility and its own susceptibility to sin and its utter dependence on the grace of God. The quietness and openness and vulnerability of meekness is a very beautiful and a very painful thing. It goes against all that we are by our sinful nature. It requires supernatural help.
—  John Piper
10 Reasons Why You Should Start Your Own Business

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Are you thinking of quitting your job and starting your own thing but not sure if it’s the right decision?

Are you scared of failing? of going broke? of living uncomfortably? of disappointing your loved ones? 

Are you scared that you might not be able to live up to your own expectations?

Not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. But if you feel it in your blood and feel an itch to start your own thing, you must do it. The reward is not just the money which most early-stage entrepreneurs don’t have. In fact, most businesses fail. But why am I still encouraging you to start your own thing if you have an itch to do so? Below are the reasons why starting your own thing might be the best decision you’ll ever make in your life. 

And believe me, if you’ve been pondering about doing it, you just have to do it!

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Game of Thrones: Counsel MBTI (1)


INTJs are perceptive about systems and strategy, and often understand the world as a chess board to be navigated. They want to understand how systems work, and how events proceed: the INTJ often has a unique ability to foresee logical outcomes. They enjoy applying themselves to a project or idea in depth, and putting in concentrated effort to achieve their goals. INTJs have a hunger for knowledge and strive to constantly increase their competence; they are often perfectionists with extremely high standards of performance for themselves and others. They tend to have a keen interest in self-improvement and are lifelong learners, always looking to add to their base of information and awareness.

Petyr Baelish

ENTJs are often very motivated by success in their careers and enjoy hard work. They are ambitious and interested in gaining power and influence. To the ENTJ, decision-making is a vocation. They want to be in a position to make the call and put plans into motion. ENTJs tend to be blunt and decisive. Driven to get things done, they can sometimes be critical or brusque in the pursuit of a goal. They are typically friendly and outgoing, although they may not pick up on emotional subleties in other people. They often love working with others toward a common goal, but may not find time to attend to their feelings. They are focused on results and want to be productive, competent, and influential.

Descriptions from Truity.

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     “I’m a lifelong learner. I think it’s because I taught elementary school for 34 years. I’ve always enjoyed teaching as well as learning. I realized that if kids enjoy learning, they will continue to learn.”
     “What’s one thing you’ve learned recently?”
     “The first thing I did when I moved here a couple of years ago was go to the fabrics store. I walked in and had goose bumps—a physical reaction to this awesome place with all its beautiful fabrics. I thought, ‘Gosh, I haven’t sewed in 35 or 40 years. I would love to make something.’ They had a beginner quilting class starting in two weeks. I took it, loved it, and I’ve made 14 quilts so far. I also have a make-your-own ukulele kit. You put it together, and then you learn how to play it. That’s my next project.”

Portsmouth, NH