Dear Andrea -
You love researching things.
You love analyzing data that you've collected.
You love writing papers explaining what you've found and hoping that someone will refute it so that you have to research further.
But you always procrastinate and it always kicks your butt.
Look, you're doing it now.
If you want that dream job of educator/researcher, you've gotta stick on the track and not get distracted by all of the things that Montana has to offer you. Sure, enjoy them. But don't spend all your time doing those things so that you reach a stale spot in your career and can't move forward.
Alright. Back to writing.