Hello, my Euphoric Gratitude Readers! Before I begin this post, I would like to share that I have been away from my blog for a few weeks. I was pretty swamped with teaching, my doctoral classes, and creating a balance in life through the month of August. However, I have plenty of goodness to share in connection with striking a balance. I don’t know if you are like me, but I love to keep busy, and I love to learn. I also love my personal life with my significant other, dogs, and family. With all of this good stuff, it is important to create a sense of balance, but I have to be honest, I was not the greatest with striking a balance, which was a factor in the rockiness in my relationships. The good thing is that I’ve learned; I’ve lived and conquered. And although I’m not a typical “follow the normalized way or follow society” type of woman, I’ve created an opportunity to use my errors and strike that balance.
The balance occurred during my Doctor of Education Residency program. As a doctoral student, the EdD program requires all students to attend a face-to-face residency. It is a fantastic way to learn more about the program, meet classmates, and interact with faculty members. Since I am participating in an online program, the opportunity to meet in a face-to-face setting is wonderful. However, every student did not realize the intensity of this residency. For four straight days, students were required to share their research topic for their dissertation or project study and then refine/revise the problem statement of the topic to perfection. I have to be honest with my initial thoughts of this process. I felt like my brain was going to lose it after such a grueling four days of mental energy. However, the process placed everything in my life into perspective and created a sense of clarity, including my personal life. Strange, right? But sometimes we need that event or moment to push us into clarity.
I don’t know how to describe the change in perspective in its absolute totality, but I think when you’re mentally pushed to a higher level of thinking, it creates an opportunity for expansion in multiple ways. Because of my experience, I was able to see how much I can make it through my doctoral program. I was able to feel my willpower and drive to succeed, and realized that I could make it through any challenge. I realized that my doctoral degree would literally change lives, not only the lives of my loved ones but individuals all over the world. The ability to make such a beautiful difference has made me prioritize what is important in my life, and kick all drama and non-positive individuals to the curb.
Currently, I am starting my research for my dissertation, and although it will take me about 3 ½-4 years of research to become a Doctor of Education, it is worth the journey.
I hope my words will encourage you to focus on what’s most important in your life and use it to prioritize important people and goals in your life. Whatever you want to do, you can do it because the power is within you. Even if your goals are uncommon and people don’t think you should do something because other people failed, tune out the critics because they don’t know about your inner power. You got this!
Much Euphoric Gratitude and Love,