Rowena’s Passions

Day 28: Life with Passion

Did you live with passion in 2012? Describe the things you were most passionate about this year. What were they? How did they affect your life, and will you continue to live passionately in 2013?

In 2012, I was passionate about many things, and continue to live passionately in 2013.

I am passionate about my research. If you are unsure whether or not you love research, I’m fairly certain that writing a dissertation might give you a clue. And boy, did it do it for me. I consider my dissertation proposal defense one of the most exhilarating experiences in my academic career thus far – being able to talk with faculty members about my research stream was simply amazing. (sorry for being so nerdy, I can’t help it!) I started my data analysis and I’m having so much fun. I can’t wait to see how the finished product turns out. I’m even more excited to become a tenure-track professor where I can continue my research stream and become more of an independent scholar.

I am passionate about teaching. I took a break last semester to work as a full time RA for my advisor, which I think was a good move on my part to allow for more flexibility in my schedule, but now that I’m back in the classroom I’m so happy. Especially when you are teaching content that you are interested in and fired up about – wow – it’s so much fun having these discussions with students! And I have always been a full believer in paying in forward – my professors and mentors at TCNJ and UMD have taught me so much, I just want to pass it along to my students. And I have – I love hearing their success stories, they make me so proud!

I am passionate about ballroom dancing. I know I know, last semester I wasn’t around as much, but I am so thankful that I picked up this hobby during my last years at UMD, you have no idea. Not only is it a phenomenal workout, but it’s super fun too. I’m so thankful to my friends and teachers who have allowed me to learn the basics of ballroom dancing. After watching so many seasons of Dancing with the Stars I’m happy that I finally got to do it. And let’s not forget that it’s always been a hit at random bars and restaurants when me and my BAM friends start randomly dancing. 🙂

I am passionate about singing. But let’s not forget my first love, which of course is singing. I have been singing basically since I could open my mouth. And though lately it’s been limited to karaoke bars, the shower, and my car, I feel so blessed that I’ve been given this gift that I can share with others. Whether it’s to get people dancing to Madonna’s Like A Prayer, or make people cry at their wedding, I’ve always been happy to sing. And I know that someday I’ll get to sing on the stage again, I just know it.

I am passionate about my friends. Man oh man, what would I do without my friends? My friends at UMD have been super understanding while I’ve been trying to navigate my last year of graduate school – they’ve seen me cry probably too many times to count. My MD friends have kept me sane when I needed a break from grad school. But I mustn’t forget my NJ friends too – they’ve been there for me, sometimes longer than 10 years – they’ve seen me grow up to the woman I have become and still love me for it. I have been in their weddings and have shared in their special life moments. I feel super lucky to still have them after all these years. 😀

I am passionate about my family. My parents have been a living inspiration to me that if I want something, I have the ability to go for it. I can’t thank them enough for giving me the opportunity to go to school and pursue my dreams. Sure we fight, and we can be crazy, but isn’t every family dysfunctional in some way? And I am so thankful for my older sister. People don’t believe me when I say we’ve probably fought maybe 3 times in my 26 years of existence, but it’s true. I’m so happy that we get along, laugh, and support each other. It’s amazing to have a cheerleader who is always there for you.

I am passionate about my fiance. Michael has been the one constant in my life over the past 6.5 years that has helped me stay balanced and grounded. I already sang his praises in a previous post, but I definitely feel he is worth mentioning once again. No matter what life throws our way, we have always been able to overcome obstacles due to the strength of our relationship and commitment to each other. I have no doubts that he will be an amazing husband and father. And I know that I can be the best person I can be with his support and with him by my side.

How will I continue to live passionately in 2013? By being the best teacher, scholar, daughter, sister, friend, and fiance that I can possibly be. By pursuing my desires and dreams and never forgetting the endless possibilities. By being happy and living my life with no regrets.



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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