Data analysis day 1- Is it too early to cry? Because I think that might make me feel better. In the first few hours of sitting down with this raw data (after much procrastination), I've already used three lifelines- my finance-minded husband, an intelligent member of my cohort, and a brilliantly respected committee member. Still, nothing makes sense. I'm pretty sure I took all those research and stats classes that are supposed to be an aid in this process. This new series probably should have started about a year and a half ago when this process began. I think I've been in a constant loop of most the stages of grief: the denial, bargaining, anger, and depression. Now I'm learning to accept it. Baptism by fire my friends.
Even though the temperature has finally dropped, we still try to get this family some fresh air. I cherish the few hours taken out of our busy schedules to have a simple picnic in the park or just play outside, because we know all too well how fast it always seems to fly by.
We spent the afternoon of Christmas Eve in Boston, and in that brief time we were blown away. In this first visit, Boston seemed to possess some of our favorite qualities of other places we've visited and loved, and we quickly got caught up in the charm.
Also, Happy New Year!
My big resolution for this year aside from the classics (i.e. read more, work more intentionally on my spiritual relationship, be more present with my loved ones) is to be more proactive. I can easily avoid alot of my stress by simply taking initiative instead of always being reactive to my circumstances. This will involve alot of planning and preparation I usually put off, but I think my mind and patience will thank me for it in the long run.