Posts tagged ‘School’

December 7th, 2011

I Can’t Believe It’s Over!

After 2.5 years of late nights, freak outs, stomping feet, pats on the back, hard work and copious amounts of coffee and wine later, I FINISHED SCHOOL!!!!!

When I decided to go back to school in 2009, I did so because I thought it would help me in my business. I had just started it and quickly felt that I needed a little something more. I felt that if I went back to school to finish up my psychology degree and, eventually, get my Masters in Psych, I would be “that much more” prepared for a business as a health coach.

Well, a lot has changed since then!

What I quickly realized after I started school was that I had actually gone back out of procrastination (a very expensive procrastination technique at that)! I didn’t go back because I thought a Masters degree would make me look more credible, I did it because I got scared! I doubted that I could run a business and began to make all manner of excuses to step back.

That being said, I wouldn’t have changed my mind for the world.

No, I won’t be pursuing my Masters but in the last 2.5 years I have learned so much about myself and many of those lessons were taught in how I approached going back to school as an adult. I learned to prioritize my time, I learned that age does not mean I’m going to get amazing grades, I learned that I can carry out research WELL! I learned that I value my family more than I value a degree. I learned that, sometimes, you just have to suck it up and do the work. I learned to actually READ things probably (I should have finished in two years, NOT 2.5. Another expensive mistake) and I really learned that when I’m really meant to do something, life finds a way of making it happen.

Was I ready to start my business in 2009? No. But even though I realized that my going back to school was a procrastination technique I know now that it was meant to happen. When I first went to school in 1999, I graduated after three years instead of four with a general bachelor of arts because I didn’t have the self worth to believe I could finish. Now I know that not only do I have it in me to finish what I start but that I can exceed my expectations. I learned that I have the drive, determination and focus to achieve anything I wanted to. That if I really wanted to, I could get my Masters but I choose not to.

In 2001, when I first graduated University, I wasn’t proud of myself. Deep down I knew that I had given up. I had actually planned on quitting but went to the career counsellor who told me that I could graduate a year earlier instead. This never sat well because I always felt as if I copped out. I may have gone back to school to procrastinate from life, but I finished it to prove that I could make a goal and achieve it. Even one that I started thirteen years ago.


May 18th, 2010

Spaghetti Squash with Coconut Curry Tempeh in a Korma Sauce

Today was an absolutely tiring day! I think yesterday’s loooong day finally caught up with me and by around noon I was really feeling it! I thought I was going to do a headdesk onto my keyboard!!!

My body is still adjusting from not only getting up an hour earlier to get my workouts in but now that I’m back to school twice a week I’m running on fewer hours of sleep, twice a week so it’s all coming together. I’ve even had a slight eye twitch that I Google’d about and can apparently be traced back to fatigue and I planned to be in bed twenty minutes ago actually! D’oh!

But I couldn’t let the day end without posting the yummy dinner we had this evening! Alan has found a love of spaghetti squash that may, in fact, rival his love for moi. So this morning I thought to combine some of our loves and told him to throw it all together!

Voila! Spaghetti Squash with Coconut Curry Tempeh in Korma!

Okay, I know it looks very beige but that’s what the parsley was for! 😉

It was, in fact, REALLY good! We just halved the spaghetti squash and cooked it in the oven at 350* for about 45 minutes and then scraped the squash out of the skin. Then we heated up some Coconut Curry Tempeh and added some Korma to it! Sooo simple!

And sooo good! I’m on such an Indian kick these days!

Then it was off to Timothy’s for a writing/study date! I have a mid-term next week so it was really nice to head down there (the same location where Alan and I met!) and get some studying in. I had a chai latte to help me along!

And then I had a wee dessert to end the study session. Alan bought it for me and apparently no one knew what it was. I deduced that it was a pistachio mousse concoction. Regardless, it was really tasty!

I must admit, I am still always nervous about tests. I was always really great at essays and reports but not all that great at tests! Anyone have any fool-proof study tips?!