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It’s that time again where I share my #DissertationJourney with you! It has been a little over a month since I have posted. Several things have taken place since then. After the approval of my prospectus on July 27th, I prepared to attend the Dissertation Intensive Retreat. My goal was to have a completed draft of Chapter 2 – Literature Review. I made great progress with Chapter 2 during the Intensive and am proud to say that I submitted the first draft for review on this past Tuesday.

Attending the retreat was not only an opportunity to complete my residency requirements but to meet some amazing people. These people are on the same journey that I am on and the atmosphere was charged with positivity. I must say that the Dissertation Intensive Retreat was INTENSIVE. However, being in the community of change was awesome! I was challenged in so many ways and feel motivated even more to complete my dissertation. God placed some amazing people in my path…the #24Fifty crew and Dr. Walter McCollum (Dean of Student Affairs). The #24Fifty crew consists of 4 ladies (including myself) that made a commitment to hold each other accountable for completing dissertation.

During the retreat, we were informed that on the last day we would have to do a 60 second elevator speech of our study. OMG – I was in total anxiety mode. My heart was pounding fast and I felt like I was losing my grip on life. Over a year ago, I was in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury among other injuries. There are some challenges I have been growing through – speech, memory, response time, etc. So, this would be my first time since then to speak in front of others. I spoke with Dr. McCollum to ask for a pass on this because I did not want others to think I did not know my topic. Well, he immediately became a coach, mentor, and friend. I contacted a few friends about the speech and they helped pushed me through the challenge. I cried, talked to myself, and went to the gym. Hence to say, I conquered the speech! I am grateful for that growth moment! If I would have not taken advantage of that moment, I would have not seen the great progress I have made since the injury. My encouragement to you is to grab hold to each challenge that arises and allow yourself to be transformed into the masterpiece God created you to be.

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: “Don’t let your fear of the unknown hinder your development process” ~ Aundrea T. Harris

Scripture Meditation: 2 Timothy 1:7 AMP –  For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].

Make It A Great Day ~ Aundrea

#GrowingThroughLife #Onward