New Year, New Habit

This year I decided to add a new habit.


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Habit#10: Advocate

As an archaeologist and traveller, I’m part of many communities. My feeling of community encompasses a basic recognition of our collective humanity. When our communities are jeopardized I feel we must stand up for them and work to change things.

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For many of us who are connected to the United States, the recent actions of the Executive Branch have been nothing short of appalling.  These actions seek to silence, keep out, and endanger many of us directly and our communities. In short, they are inhumane.

The goal of this blog is to give you an inside look into my world as an archaeologist.  This year, I will be increasingly advocating for causes and communities that I feel are jeopardized. This advocacy is grounded in a basic recognition of our collective humanity.

While my archaeological experiences have equipped me with important skills and experiences (e.g. critically analyzing information sources and building positive relations with communities around the world), there is more to learn. Fortunately, I have friends and colleagues who are brilliant organizers and vocal public advocates. I’m looking forward to learning from them.

As you know this blog is filled with a diversity of posts including behind-the-scenes looks at archaeology, travel stories and advice, productivity tips, and a strong affinity towards plants and food. Moving forward, I will also share my experiences and efforts as I make an even stronger habit out of advocacy.

If you would like to share information regarding ways in which to take direct action, organize, and help our communities, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to comment below.

*A special thank you to my amazing cohort-mate, Joelle Nivens, for providing feedback on drafts of this post.



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Smiti Nathan

I’m an archaeologist that travels around the world for both work and pleasure. I have a penchant for exploring ancient and modern places and the people, plants, and foods entangled in them. I write about archaeology, travel, and productivity.



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