When I started this blog, it was meant as an exploration of the field of human factors engineering, the optimization of thoughts and habits, realization through the art of storytelling, and the space of overlap. In essence, existential ergonomic is the study of how we can design and refine our environment, habits, thoughts, and tools to best serve us beyond essential needs.
At the time I started this blog, I was ill. I was in complete denial that anything was wrong, desperately trying to prove to myself and those around me that I was still just as driven and capable as ever before. Then, to my great dismay, my body broke down and it became painfully obvious that I was not listening to my body’s cues. I was focused on optimizing my body, mind and soul through rigorous fitness routines, long hours at the office and forced spiritual practice, rather than simply practicing the basic rest and replenishment my body craved.
The theme of the blog shifted by necessity, out of fear and frustration. I was so damn tired that my blinders had me focused solely on getting through the day. My body was failing me and my doctors simply shrugged their shoulders. The topics deviated (and perhaps devolved) as I sought out answers, learned to adjust to the new normal, ranted a bit, and–perhaps most importantly–learned to trust my body and be own biggest advocate. In retrospect, I’m glad at my stubbornness and determination because my ability to store memories was impaired and it’s been useful to review the timeline I captured on this blog.
That being said, I would like to take this blog back to it’s roots. I’m still deeply intrigued by human-centered design and engineering, though I likely won’t pursue a graduate program at this time. I don’t currently trust my health to remain stable and my boyfriend is currently applying for graduate school, potentially out of state. However, I’m still interested in small steps were can take to vastly improve our lives–everything from health and fitness to personal finance and creative practices–and the practical implication of such.
According to the Pareto principle, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. In my experience, the same can be said for knowledge and habits. Smalls shifts can make a huge difference, in all areas of life. There are always opportunities to learn and to grow, and I will continue to lean into those topics, with perhaps more focus, but also a bit more freedom to pursue whatever catches my interest.
In additional to analytics assessments, practical suggestions, and the occasional comedic anecdote, I may also share current sewing projects, book reviews, frugality tips, and interesting things I have recently learned. Each day offers us the opportunity to gain knowledge, test those findings within our daily lives, and continually optimize our habits based upon what works for us as individuals. I hope I can offer some suggestions and inspiration to help you discover what works for you.
I don’t quite know what the future of this blog will look like, but I’m feeling sharp, more energized and excited to be back! Thanks for coming along for the ride.