Blogust 7

Wow and how things can change is less than 24 hours. With a lot of different things added on my plate and feeling the time crunch, I'm overwhelmed. Ok, but overwhelmed. Also, I received my first (I think) rejection of conference proposal, which was sort of surprising, but not really given that I didn't have [...]

Blogust 5

I spent nearly six hours today writing for various projects, some for pay, some not. Spent substantial time and energy on my dissertation proposal, which I actually think is coming together. That's good to say. I lifted this morning with an instructor that was gone for a month, so it's good to have her back [...]

Blogust 2

Today was more productive than I thought it would be. I didn't sleep well. Again. But somehow I still didn't feel very anxious about working. I went to zumba with my mom and then we had lunch. I was able to work on my dissertation for a couple hours while also completing some other work. [...]

Blogust 1

And so it begins, me trying to blog every day in August, even if it's just a picture. I like the above shot of me, even though the selfie is from yesterday. Today I woke up without having slept well. That's nothing remarkable. But what is notable is that I wasn't anxious. I had an [...]

Wellness Wednesday

Dissertation is a pretty lonely process, because no matter how many great mentors you have, obviously, the bulk of the work falls on you. It's hard to turn over all of your work to your committee chair and be ready for feedback. I set the date for myself of September 1st... On September 1st I [...]

Wellness Wednesday

I worked on my dissertation today for one hour instead of my allotted two. And yes. I felt guilty about that, but I tried not to. I spent time outside, and I think that's what I needed. I still think I'm recovering from teaching my five week class ... yes, I'm proud of myself, but [...]

Creative Writing Fears

So I've been trying to be true to myself recently by making time to write creatively while also being swamped with PhD life/dissertation stuff/class prepping/academic work. One of my true passions is creative writing and it's so hard to not have that beaten out of you. Don't get me wrong, academic writing is definitely creative [...]

Wellness Wednesday: The Isolation of the Dissertation Writer

I've been really sick and just now getting back into the swing of things regarding my dissertation. It is moving along. I have a solid committee, and I'm feeling overwhelmed but good about the process and the progress I've made. One thing no one told me about how it would be, though, is how lonely [...]

Wellness Wednesday: Anxiety and Irreparable Mistakes

Hello internet. I am not feeling very well at the moment. I didn't think that I was stretching myself too thin, but maybe I am. I don't know. After this week hopefully things will even out a bit and I'll just have the one class I'm teaching and dissertation to worry about. I never thought [...]