I am in between going through a new research door with my accumulating research and realizing that I need to let everything go before I can actually walk through. My research up to this point has become part of my own academic identity and letting go is full of angst because I will need a new identity. Being without identity is full of angst for me. I know I need to do this but exactly how do I let go of my academic identity? Mindfulness and angst means to me to at least try and look at my past research experience with new eyes and empty hands, to step through this door with faith and trust with the accompanying angst, believing that somehow a new academic identity will emerge. Mindfulness and angst may appear to be unrelated but purposefully choosing to step through this necessary door with both empty hands and an opened mind requires a mindful approach. This is my chosen work for the next couple of days. This will be mindfully choosing to have a half full cup in the taoist tradition.