Sep 142014
 

I think being tired is perhaps one of the worst things in life. Yes, that may sound extreme, but tiredness affects so much of our bodies and mental health.

This weekend was meant to be somewhat relaxing, but somehow it wasn’t quite. It was actually a really nice weekend with my friend’s babies’ shower (she’s having twins!) and some relaxing. However, one night of not enough sleep makes it feel like the world is doomed! :P

Anyway, I am sure that everything will be better with a good night’s sleep! :D

Until then,

~T

 Posted by at 17:25
Sep 082014
 

I’m tired. My nose is plugged. My throat is sore. My chest is congested.

Yet, somehow I’m awake and smiling. :D

Hopefully, this will pass soon – it’s already been nearly a week! :(

More to come,

~T

 Posted by at 15:43
Sep 072014
 

I am not sure where the time has gone, but the past two weeks have whizzed by. So, what’s been going on?

First of all, work started up and there have been daily changes to my schedule. Originally, I was scheduled to co-coordinate a new semester course that I spent a lot of time working on with my colleagues at the end of last academic year. The plan was to work about half time in that role with teaching and half time in the CEI. Then, some space opened up allowing me to work 3/4 time in the CEI and only teach five hours. However, this meant that I had to give up the coordinating and let go of all the work that had been done up until then. It was a bit difficult to make that decision, but I felt it was for the best. I thought all was good, but then today the schedule was threatened to be changed again…. I did my best to try to keep things are they are and I think that it is finally settled. So it seems that I will be able to do 3/4 time in the CEI, which is where I have been wanting to make a move. Initially, I was planned to do some content development for training purposes and design along with some research support. However, as of today I will be like a research assistant on a large-scale research project through the CEI and also (hopefully) doing research support. So…that’s a sigh of relief!

I have started doing some private tutoring in order to bump up my income a bit as I need to make the bills go away faster. So far, I’ve got two students that seem like they’ll be long-term and promising. :D

This weekend I finished my last co-active coaching course and am not a qualified coach! I got sick with a cold as well, so am still recovering from that.

So, that’s my life the past two weeks in brief! Hopefully, I will be back to a more normal life again soon.

More to come,

~T

 Posted by at 20:12
Aug 272014
 

1. I am grateful that today passed successfully surpassing even my high expectations.

2. I am grateful that I was granted money back on a scam that I fell for…long and silly story, but no harm no foul. ;)

3. I am sooooo grateful that tomorrow is the end of the week so that I can do some PhD work!

 

It was a gooooood day. My colleague and good friend and co-teacher and co-coordinator, T and I ran our first big meeting for the course we are leading. The meeting went well and everyone seemed fairly pleased with what we had to offer. Even my ex-bf and staunch critic gave us a huge thanks, compliments and led a round of applause. That’s HUGE! So, we are both feeling pret-ty good about things now. :) Phew, too!!!

So, now that is done with. Tomorrow I have to meet my supervisor to talk about the drama at the end of last term and what’s coming up next. I need to remember to stay gracious and humble through it all. It was my fault and so I need to own up to that without falling under the temptation of making excuses or laying blame…even IF blame can be laid. :P

Overall, things are quite good. I’m feeling pretty happy these days, which is helping me to return focus on that little ol’ dissertation thingy. Speaking of…!

More to come,

~T

 Posted by at 16:54
Aug 262014
 

1. I am grateful that the week is half over! :P It has been nothing but go-go-go since Sunday….

2. I am grateful that my bf is back and that I also had the chance to miss him. It’s not that I was taking him for granted by any means, but usually I am the one who is traveling and though I miss him then it is not the same as being the one left in normal life. So, I was glad to get a different perspective and to also realize that he really is an important part of my life.

3. I am grateful to have a wonderful working relationship with my friend and colleague, T, since we have really needed to be on the same page so far this week. So far so goooooood! :D

Phew! What a crazy first three days of work. It’s been nearly back-to-back meetings on top of trying to catch up with friends/colleagues on top of normal life on top of my PhD! [Yeah, don't ask me how well that's going at the moment! :|]

In any case, I am hoping [HOPING] it will slow down after tomorrow and then I can settle into class routine and finish this stinking dissertation because at the moment I might freak out!!!!! :D :D :D [crazy faces]

Break over.

More to come,

~T

 Posted by at 17:32
Aug 242014
 

Okay, I skipped yesterday, but it is part of my gratitude for today! ;)

1. I am grateful for the ability/need to take a full day off from studying or worrying about studying. It was much needed. Yesterday, I contemplated reading or writing a little, but then decided I was going to take the full day. It was worth it to just read my leisure book, go for a long massage and facial and just in general relax at home on my own. :D

2. I am grateful for a really lovely group of colleagues. Since I am writing this at the end of my first day back at work, I thought I’d add it to today rather than save it for tomorrow. I do truly work with some nice people, so when I complain about the job, I need to keep this in mind.

3. I am grateful for the fact that M is returning tomorrow morning!!! I can’t wait to see him – it’s only been four days, but like a silly schoolgirl, I’m SUPER excited! ;) <3

So, all in all life is good. I am going to try to write at least a paragraph on my Analysis chapter and then relax before another busy day begins. :D

More to come,

~T

Aug 232014
 

On our second day, we decided to do the Big Bus Tour so that we could see the city and get our bearings.

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We started out on the Red Line, but that line offers a live commentary on the city and my mom had a bit of trouble with the accents. So, we switched to the Blue Line, which has the recorded commentary. ;) Although it is a hop-on hop-off tour, we just stayed on for the full loop, which was about 3.5 hours. Mom was a bit jet lagged, and it was easy to get the full picture.

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After completing the loop, we decided to ride a bit around again to see Big Ben and the Parliament building. This fulfilled my 8-yr-old dream! It was a very impressive sight and even better than the pyramids! :D

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Our Bus Tour ticket included a river boat cruise, so we went back in the evening and cruised the river Thames where we also got to see the Tower Bridge in full. It was a full and tiring day, but all good!

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Aug 222014
 

Today, I have written:

1. I am grateful for the company of my two cats, even though they also drive me crazy!

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2. I am grateful for the time and ability to go out last night to see David Blaine’s illusionist show with friends. It was also my first outing with D without her dad (my bf)! :D

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David Blaine holding his breath under water at 3minutes and 16seconds.

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David Blaine holding his breath under water at 8minutes and 31seconds.

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David Blaine holding his breath under water for 10minutes and 3seconds. Crazy!!!

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Me and D!

3. I am grateful for the Internet and all that it allows me to do! [post on blogs, keep up with friends, surf for useless info, etc.!]

:D

Aug 212014
 

So, motivation is still a challenge. I am forcing myself to stay home and try to get some work done. So far, I’ve done a good job of procrastinating and taking care of ‘other’ things. However, I think, I think I am moving in the right direction….

First, I realized that I need to focus on positives and train my brain to associate working at home with results. I also need to focus on positives to stay motivated. To help with that, I have decided to join the trend of daily writing three things I am grateful for every day. While I won’t post it on FB daily, I will try it here as part of my continuing attempt to post regularly here too! ;)

Without further ado:

1. I am grateful for my loving and nearly ‘perfect’ boyfriend. <3 [He's away for a few days, but am so glad to have found such a lovely man.]

2. I am grateful for a decent job that allows me holidays to enjoy/travel/relax. ;) [Even though I don't always like it, it is a job that offers me the lifestyle I like.]

3. I am grateful for all of my friends – near and far. :D [Without them, I would not be able to survive this crazy expat life!]

With that said, my procrastination is over. Four hours left until I go out tonight, so I definitely want to make at least a bit of progress today! Wish me luck!!!

More to come,

~T

Aug 202014
 

I thought to myself this morning that one of the reasons that I am not so motivated to do the PhD on most days is because I want to live in the future. The future is when the degree is done and I have nothing weighing on my mind – that I should be doing something, but am not. It’s been over five years of me doing this silly thing and so I am ready to be done with it. Of course, that means I gotta get my s*** together and buckle down until it gets done, right?!

Once it’s done then I won’t have a sense of living in the future and can enjoy the NOW. :D

More to come,

-T

 Posted by at 09:46