Out of university, I started out with an imagined future of working in traditional academic research - pounding the pavement in exploration of the brain. Finish my phd, get the big D-R in front of my name, and smooth sailing as I explored the inter workings of neuroscience research as a tenured scientist. Dreamy, right? Turns out, something just didn’t feel right about it all. The tireless drain of grant writing, the pressure to perform, or rather outperform my peers, all while fighting the upward battle of being a women in science just wasn’t my kind of grind. Listening to my gut instinct here, (yes - I wanted to work in science) but not within such a machine. From there, I set out to create my own path within neuroscience research. And so far, it’s been a wild ride.