that pursuing a PhD can be done without sacrificing my health.
that I can get enough sleep during the week without feeling like I am slacking off.
in the value of recognizing mental, emotional, and physical limits. I can try to stretch those limits over time, but breaking them does nobody any good.
that, no matter what kind of day I’m having, I am privileged to be where I am, doing what I’m doing.
I have only myself as competition.
that generosity of spirit and a sense of humor are vital for my success as a grad student and as a human.