The 2011 Lesson of the Year

DAY TEN – Lesson Learned. What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?

This year, I learned not to be so hard on myself. This applies to both my personal life and professional life.

Personally, I’m trying not to get discouraged about my path toward a healthy lifestyle. It’s a lot harder to lose weight the right way versus going on crazy diets. Even though my weight has been fluctuating around the same area for the past several weeks, my nutritionist has told me that I’ve been making incredible progress. Knowing that she is there to help me and is on my side gives me the motivation to work even harder.

Also on a personal note, I haven’t been so hard on myself in terms of ballroom. Even though I am very competitive by nature, I haven’t let mistakes get me to the point where I am tearing down my beloved partner. I’m a little disappointed that I have not yet won a ribbon, but I am hoping that next semester with more practice we can hopefully get there in no time. I’ve always been a hard worker, so I will try my best to make it to the top!

Professionally/academically, I’ve learned that I don’t need to be perfect at everything to be successful. Why, in one year alone I went from being completely horrible at statistics to being fairly good at it! I may have not reached all of my goals this year, but I am not discouraged. I am especially looking to winter break as the downtime I need to regroup, recharge, and get myself into high gear for my last semester of coursework (hooray!) before going into comps and the dissertation (gulp!).

Moving forward into 2012, this lesson will be especially helpful as I get into comps and dissertation mode. I don’t need to pass with distinction – passing with no revisions would be nice, but if revisions need to be made, I’ll do them, as long as I pass. I don’t need to write the most magnificent piece of work for the diss – I have my whole career to hone in on my craft. No, 2012 is all about keeping my eye on the prize, continuing to dance to keep myself sane, and finally snagging that Ph.D.!

About Rowena Winkler

Passionate Performer, Speaker and Writer by Calling, Dancer of All Good Beats, Yoga Practitioner and Enthusiast, Spiritual Trustee of the Universe, Traveler of Many Distant Lands, Lover of Derek the Logical but Amiable, Mother of Eponine/Dex/Teyla, Architect of Spoken Word Poetry, Trainer in the Craft of Communication, Unapologetic Individual, First of Her Name.
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