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Friday, November 26, 2010

I have to admit, I'm a procrastinator about some things. Even writing this, a few short paragraphs, delays my goals just one bit longer. Odd.

Almost two years ago, I made the decision to pursue a PhD, and suddenly, I was a student again. I have really enjoyed this challenge, because I always wanted this degree. Now that I am in a self-directed portion of my program, I have been struggling with getting motivated and completing key components of my movement forward.

Lately, though, I have been working on this procrastination issue, because I now have a goal larger than any I have ever entertained. When I visited Spain for the first time, I fell in love with Valencia... and I'm going to move there when I finish my degree. That means that I now must operate with a laser focus to concentrate on what's important, eliminate obstacles (ummm, and sometimes that obstacle is ME!), and begin to move into my future self.

Here's what I envision for the "future me" that will be looking at me in the mirror in a few short years:
- happy
- fit, healthy, and active
- lifelong learner (and in January I start working on my Spanish-speaking skills!)
- not concerned with the "stuff"
- focused on relationships and people in my life
- an adventurer

There. Now I've put in writing for the world to see. I have many accomplishments behind me, but being able to see the mountain top over the first ridge still means that there is a major hike ahead of me. The sooner I get moving, the sooner I reach the peak! Who's going with me?
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  • CWELLS67
    Good question! The future me is emerging, and many of those things are already quite visible in the person I am right now. The time spent on my PhD is a step in reaching for my dreams. And when the time arrives, I plan on being better than ever!

    I am very happy, and very blessed by a strong optimistic streak that helps me stay pushed to the top when other things weigh me down. The last three years have seen many changes in my life (divorce, two out of three kids in college, and new relationships), so that my mentality is definitely a positive one. Writing this post was a way for me to capture my aspirations, so I can stay focused on the life I want to lead!

    Ahhh, Valencia. The food there is so simple and clean, and the climate is very similar to N Florida and Atlanta. The people are so pleasant, the culture is rich, and the sights are astounding. To top it all off, I found a tourist website for the city that provides free downloadable guides for hiking around the region in the local hills, as well as bi-monthly events magazines in Spanish and English. I'm so excited!
    2667 days ago
    OK - so why are happy, active, lifelong learner, etc reserved for the future you? There's no time like the present! Don't worry, be happy!

    A PhD is certainly a challenge at any age! The climate in Valencia looks to be very close to that of north Florida! What a history! (I looked it up on wikipedia). The birthplace of paella! How exciting!
    2667 days ago
  • CWELLS67
    Muchas Gracias! I am well supplied with resources, as well as friends at work who are native Spanish speakers. I am hoping that I can get an interactive resource like RS to practice, but those are usually quite pricey. I'll just start saving pennies now!

    2667 days ago
    i put off some goals too. i reached a few of them by breaking it up in smaller parts and making myself plug away a little at a time.

    As a side note i am a spanish agent where i work. i studied it it school. I also picked up some tapes and videos from the library. My company offered usage of the Rosetta Stone
    i had usage of it for about 6 months so i made a goal to do 20-40 minutes of it 5 nights a week instead of doing 26 units of work in 1 month. By the time i started working customers i was ready.

    Buena Suerte!
    2667 days ago
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