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the gift of pausing

On weekends, sometimes just Sunday some times Saturday and Sunday, I take a break from writing my dissertation. When you have been writing and thinking about something, in my case theology of traumatic affect, taking a break from it feels so strange! I started taking weekends off from writing when I noticed I was not […]

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writing buddy

One way to get back into writing is to write with a writing buddy. I have been doing this since pandemic lock down started. I log onto zoom with a friend and we check in, state our goals for the hour, and have two 30min-ish writing sessions. The co-writing sessions are so effective that I […]

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writing and rest

Learned from a podcast by Cathy Mazak that writing encompasses more than just putting words on a page or a screen. For instance, resting can be an important part of writing to restore creative energy. I love that I can think about sleeping and other ways of resting as recharging and refueling myself to write […]

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academic anxiety coping skills PhD Life

fear of revising

I have a rather specific fear this morning. I am feeling anxiety about revising my draft of chapters of my dissertation. I feel paralyzed and unsure of myself. Like, I can’t add to what is already there because maybe I’ll mess things up! Anyone else experience this kind of anxiety and fear? I’m going to […]

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academic anxiety coping skills PhD Life

baby steps

What can I accomplish today? I think my mind can definitely limit what I can do today. I woke up with doubts and worries about progress I am making on my writing. Will I make progress in time to meet the deadlines? Only God knows and no one can tell, except that I can surely […]