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pre-defense reflections

I feel so thankful for getting to write my dissertation on trauma and also for the defense that is scheduled for tomorrow. I am feeling thankful that the defense is tomorrow, and also thankful as if I already passed my defense even though it hasn’t happened yet. Over the weekend, I was feeling dizzy, which […]

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Dissertation defense preparation reflections – 20210627

People share all kinds of feelings and thoughts on social media. But I have not come across how one feels on the days leading up to a dissertation defense. Past couple days I have been feeling dizzy and also somewhat paralyzed. Overwhelmed with having gotten here? Joy and happiness? My dissertation defense is 3 days […]

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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 […]