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My hair is no longer in a puff, which means I’m getting my life together. My office should be fully staffed soon so I can finally refocus my efforts on grad school — instead of staying up to do the work of three people. Sign ups are coming in for my focus groups and interviews, NVivo is installed on my computer, and I’m reorganizing my schedule so I can get back to a regular writing schedule. What roadblocks are stopping you from making progress? #blackphd #blackphds #dissertation #phdlife #phd #edd
And with that knowledge, how do we fight systemic oppression? #educationequity #highered #blackphd #blackphds
Shout out to my voting partner. (Her sis voted with hubby.) I voted. Did you?
Sick and tired? Vote on Tuesday.
My IRB was approved yesterday. I’m one step closer to having my office fully staffed again. I see the light at end of the tunnel. (These last few months have been exhausting.) I can’t wait to celebrate all 2019.
Every week, we change the message board in our house. (We are a few weeks behind, so it still says, “You got this!”) For next week, my eldest recommended this affirmation courtesy of the Carters. You can also find it in on their @blendeddesigns book bags. As parents, we firmly believe in positive affirmations. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. What is your go to affirmation?
I haven’t worked on my research in a couple of days. I’m currently working on creating the mental space to get it done. Clearing out the mental clutter, making room, so I can get it done. What do you do to clear your mental clutter?
Feeling grounded. They say if you are having a panic attack, you should find things you can, see, hear, and touch. It helps you feel grounded. My anxiety has been on 1000%. (And yes, I understand how percentages work.) A technique that has been working for me is to simply make note of everything I’ve accomplished in a given day or week. Because no matter how long my to do list is (or feels), look what I’ve already done. It automatically shifts my mindset and prepares to me face my (seemingly never ending) to do list. #blackphd #phdlife #dissertation #momlife
I spent my twenties trying to blend in. My thirties are about standing out. Today a Provost and a University President complimented me on my outfit. I hope they realize they gave me license to revamp my wardrobe 🤗. P.S. This is me at the Delaware ACE Women’s Fall Awards Dinner. (If you are a woman in higher education, I highly recommend you join your local ACE women’s network.) P.P.S. I’m now on the board with senior level administrators. No pressure. P.P.P.S. I nominated one of my advisors and she made me want to cry during her speech. (I think I’m totally out of P.S.) I’m submitting my IRB tonight and my kids’ picture day is tomorrow. I’m tired but able. Oh, and a special shoutout to my hubby @mwatson88. He bought my jacket for Christmas and encouraged me to buy this hat. He and my sister @twiggyyysmalls also said I dress like a mom and school teacher so I’m out here trying to elevate.
If you ever see me with a puff for an extended period of time, ask me, “Are you ok sis?” 9 times out of 10, I’m tired. This week, my girls and I are ALL wearing puffs so I’m REALLY tired. Work is busy. IRB needs to be turned in like yesterday, and my lit review is not lit 🔥. But this too shall pass... Who has been rocking “puffs” this week? #phd #phdstudentlife #phdstudent #edd #dissertation #blackphd #doctoralstudent #doctoralcandidate #doctorallife #doctoralmom