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2 Weeks

My summer started off a little insanely. Just me being a little overambitious and a lot overzealous left me stretched in more places than I care to recall, tired, frustrated and stressed out! After a serious self-check and relinquishing a few responsibilities, life was back to normal.

I began to enjoy my uninhibited down time. I read. I organized. I visited with friends and family. I relaxed. It was wonderful … but it also left me feeling a little anxious about the fall. How would I manage yet another semester of a new schedule? How would I balance taking classes and teaching class? When would I have time to read? And how on earth would I ever have enough time to spend endless hours studying and attempting to understand biostatistics.

Well, I am pleased to say that I survived my first 2 weeks – LOL – and am doing just fine. Yes, I am reading an exorbitant amount throughout the week on the weekends (including a 400 page book that my professor expects us to finish in a week and a half). Yes, my days are long and on at least 2 days a week I don’t touch down until close to 9pm. Yes, the emails are nonstop and there always seems to be something to do BUT I have learned from experience. I’ve stuck with my usual reading schedule (mapping out all reading assignments on a weekly basis, with the specifics of how many pages I have to read each day to stay ahead or just on track). I’ve retreated to my usual semester behavior with very few pre-arranged social commitments and my weekends reserved for recouping and unwinding. And I am back to my extremely early mornings (earl y for me) starting my weekdays at 6:00am and weekends at 7:00am. But I’ve balanced it by squeezing in early morning quick cardio and alternating yoga sessions. Lights are out by 11 so that I can begin to unwind and I have added a monthly celebration/get away or retreat of some sort. A bit OCD for some, but it works for me … extremely well.

I keep telling myself “just 3 months of this.” Things are off to a good start, which is a great sign for me. Now just to maintain ;-).

Reflections of a Soulful Summer

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In the beginning it seemed like I had so much time – 3 whole months!!! And now that classes begin in just 8 days I am wondering if my summer lived it to my dreams.

It did! May began with a bang and things didn’t quiet down until 2 months later: volunteerism; internships; work; friendly catch-ups; girlfriend outings; sleep-filled nights; blogging; traveling; eating (a little too much :-)); and evening and weekend cocktails … my summer gave me all I needed and more. Here are just a few of my summer lessons:

  • I HAVE to rest!
  • And all the same, the hustle does not sleep.
  • Life calls for balance in all areas and this is not always so clear to see or create.
  • There are many things in life worth letting go.
  • Just because I can, it doesn’t mean I should.
  • If I never try, how will I ever know what’s possible.
  • I can and I will have the desires of my heart; the dreams planted deeply by God within my soul.

And now that it’s still for classes to resume and a host of new opportunity to commence, I am excited! I am excited about my new assistantship and board appointment. I am excited about a new award I received and a summer project coming to an end. I am excited that I can finally count down to the end of my coursework and begin dissertation writing.

I am thankful for a summer filled with fellowship, love, hard work, relaxation and rejuvenation. Fall semester, watch out – here I come ;-)!!!

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