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The 3:15 Experiment 2008

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Welcome to the 3:15 homepage for Danika Dinsmore

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Introduction

I have participated in the August 3:15 Experiment since 1993 in all save two years. As per usual, I write in a notebook in bed, without even turning the light on, riding that fine line between sleeping and waking.

I'm not adverse to challenge and to hard work...but this summer, I was working far more than was physically / mentally / emotionally healthy and it most definitely showed up in my work. I'm not surprised by how consistently dark and foreboding the work sounds.

Not only was I working long hours (about 70 per week), I was working in a position that sucked me dry emotionally. I clashed with my boss and constantly questioned whether I should continue. My whole world became about this job as I had no room for anything else.

So in a way, the 3:15 Experiment saved me a bit this year. It is a familiar friend, it connected me back to my creativity (even though getting less sleep took its toll), it connected me back to a community of like-minded people. So cheers to all of you who participated and kept me company in the dark hours.

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