5th Year Fall

Time often feels as if it is just slipping away from me.

I’m at the end of the Fall semester of my 5th year in this program. I can hardly believe that I’m at this point. I chose to extend my program a year in the attempts to have my dissertation completed when I go on internship.

And this year has been good. I was talking to a friend the other day about confidence. This year I have felt more confident then I can ever recall feeling in my life. I feel grounded in my work. I can discuss counseling and clients and research and psychology in a way that makes me proud.

That’s certainly not to say that I’m not also tired and worn down. I’ve decided that graduate school and the feeling of exhaustion go hand in hand. And that’s why you make sure you’re in school for something that you love. I think it would be incredibly hard to continue to do this if I didn’t love it.

So that’s where I am friends. I’m confident and full, I’m pulled in lots of directions but I’m happy. <3



At this time, a week ago, I left to finish my proposal.

And, I did it.

I actually completed it and then submitted it Monday evening. This was celebrated with a margarita, quesadillas, and the best banana split in the world.

I also decided to christen this proposal with a human name*. Her name is {drum roll} Penelope. Penny for short.

Anyhow, I’m really proud of myself and wanted to share this progress with my little corner of the world. In a semester (year) that has been bleak and difficult, this was a win that I needed.

Writing Mosaic

*A friend of mine began this naming of our dissertations, so that we have something to yell at when it isn’t working. Plus, it’s way more cool to say, “Penny and I are hanging out tonight with a glass of wine” than “I’m working on my dissertation on a Saturday night.” Because, even though I absolutely love my research, Penny’s cooler to hang out with.