Life Long Learning
Friday, January 25, 2013
I have tried to blog every day, but I'm not sure where yesterday went at all. Oops!
Today has been another up and down day. I got some crappy news at work, nothing fatal, but just frustrating and someone thought it would cheer me up to tell me about a candy sale at the bookstore. I just avoided the bookstore completely! In the past that would have been my un-doing. They have laffy taffy that I cannot say no to yet.
But this morning, I found myself sitting in on a couple classes offered by the school I work for. Since I've only been here for less than two years, I'm still getting to know the faculty and how classes are taught here. And I realized that I need to see my healthy lifestyle journey as being a life long learner. This is something I already do!
A little background. I went to college for five years. Could I have graduated in four? Maybe if I had stayed for the summer, but instead I picked up some fun classes, finished a minor and worked an amazing job that set me up for graduate school. I spent two years in graduate school, so we are up to seven years in school. After graduating from grad school, with a degree in College Student Affairs, or Higher Education, I worked at schools in Texas, New Hampshire and Illinois. After a couple years out of the classroom, even though I was always surrounded by college students, I missed the classroom experience. I missed the conversations about academic topics, and reading about interesting people, places and events. So, I started taking PhD courses. This added another year onto the seven I already spent in school. Then I worked at a job (unhealthy environment) for three years. But in my new job, I've already taken three classes. I just love learning!
So, how do I apply that to my goal of getting healthy? I have to approach the SP website like homework. I read all the emails, message posts, visit my teams and the website is always up on my computer so I can track meals. My personal goal is to get 25 SP points every day to get a bonus spin for points (can you tell I am motivated by competition) which is a goal I stole from another member of SP. I also need to give myself time to learn the new material that goes with this healthy lifestyle. I get so easily confused about calories, fat, carbs, good sugar, when veggies are in season, and so many other things! But I realize that I can't absorb this information in one day. It took me seven years to get my masters degree, why do I think that I should just know how to be healthy overnight?
When I get frustrated, I'm going to remind myself that this is a process of Life Long Learning. And the best part of SP is that the community is like being in a classroom, discussing the topics with classmates and friends. That has always been my favorite part of graduate school, and I'm so thankful that I have that again through this site! Thank you for being a part of this process, as we are all life long learners together!