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It’s that time again where I share my #DissertationJourney with you! The last time that I posted an entry it was the beginning of this quarter. Now, there are about 10 days left in this quarter and I am a little bittersweet about it. This quarter has gone by rather quickly. I was able to submit my proposal (Chapters 1-3) to my second committee member for review and feedback. She sent the feedback right before Christmas and I decided not to work on the revisions until the beginning of January.

Over the past month, I have been going back and forth through revisions of my proposal. It has been very challenging. There were many times I wanted to give up. As a matter of fact, I have cried and screamed out of disgust of the process. Daunting is a word that comes to mind when I think about the demands this dissertation has. There are many days of sacrifice that take place – sleep, relationships, events, etc. When we set goals and work towards accomplishing them there will be challenges to overcome. It is very important that we not get caught up in the frustrations, setbacks, and denials that come along with the process.

So, as I reflect on this quarter and prepare for the next quarter, I will take into consideration why I am on this journey. Keeping my “WHY” in constant view is very important for me on this dissertation journey. Similarly, we should do this consistently in all areas of our lives. In some form or fashion, we should make sure to review our “WHY”.  After reviewing our “WHY”, does it help us move forward to the next step or backwards? If we are not able to move forward, then we have much to consider such as the purpose for beginning that specific task. If we can move forward, then we can give ourselves a pat on the back because we are well on our way to completing the goal. My encouragement to you is to carefully review your “WHY” and make any adjustments needed.

As always, I am excited to share my dissertation journey with you. I ask that you share this blog with someone else. We all are going through some type of journey and this might be the encouragement you or that person need to go a litter further. Let’s encounter this life changing experience together!

Growth Tip: “Checkpoint – Does your “WHY” give you access to the next stop in your journey?” ~ Aundrea T. Harris

Scripture Meditation: Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established”.

Make It A Great Day ~ Aundrea

#GrowingThroughLife #Onward