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A post a week for 2011

The last 8 weeks of grad school were hellacious. However, since March 10th, I’ve gone on a week-long vacation which was spent mostly on the beach (I’ve got well over 1200 photos from said trip to sift through and edit; stay tuned for a post on that) and I’ve managed to read an entire book for fun! The next 8 weeks hold promises of more homework and client sessions at my internship, but they also give me a stronger glimmer of calmness and relaxation.

I feel I have a bit more time to let my creative side hang out. So in true Gemini form, I’m beginning the process of revamping my blog (again). As such, I’ve decided I want to blog more.

Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  To start out, I’m challenging myself to post a blog a week on this site for the rest of 2011. Hopefully, I will work my way up to a post-a-day speed – but no pressure.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun and rewarding, not to mention help me keep at writing. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way. If you’re new here, feel free to subscribe and follow along!

It’s all a blur

The last four weeks have been a blur. A real, true to form blur. My first two classes, Ethics and MFT Theories, have been very challenging, demanding, and interesting so far! I took my Ethics midterm on Tuesday and feel as though I did well (fingers crossed). Tomorrow is the MFT exam – which will likely be ten times harder because all the theories seem to overlap and blend, and terms like fusion, emotional cut-off, and differentiation have a hard time staying in their respective theory groups for me. But on the other hand, topics like family boundaries, hierarchical structures, and enmeshment are doing alright. (Yep, this is me name-dropping, haha. I feel as though I’ve deserved it for making study guide, charts, and more study guides, followed by flash cards and compulsive color coding via highlighting.)

One thing I’m pleased with is my somewhat pseudo-routined endeavor to take an LA Fitness class called Body Works & Abs on Monday and Friday mornings, which is an intensive cardio and strength training torturous experience that alternates between invigorating me and making me feel like death warmed-over. I follow that up with coffee and studying pretty much all day. Tuesdays and Thursdays I wake up at 6 (good grief, still can’t get used to that) and am on the shuttle to Main campus at 7am. Classes go from 9 to 4, with a substantial break for lunch between. Wednesdays are my work days, followed by studying-for-Thursday-days, Saturdays are also full of work, and Sundays are my sleep/veg/study/clean days. Ask me how I fit in a social life and quality time with my loved ones, and I honestly don’t have a clue. But I’m enjoying the challenge, I feel I’ve risen to it (most days), and I look forward to a year from now when it’s all coming to a swift end.

One thing that’s sort of made me hesitant to post is the concept of self-disclosure that I’ve learned in my Ethics class. Surprisingly (or not), my future therapy clients may or may not be very curious about who I am. I don’t blame them, they’re opening up to me and I’m staying fairly quiet about myself, but the very fact that they might find this blog and read stuff that I wouldn’t necessarily share with them is disconcerting. This worry is similar in regards to Facebook, although I have uber-protective settings on that. I’m contemplating exporting this blog and revamping it on a new site with a pen-name and minimal self-disclosure, just focusing explicitely on stories of movies, TV, politics, food, and stuff like that. It’s a shame, too, because I love Lena’s Beat, but I am finding it to be too worrysome in terms of ‘exposure’ lately, and I’m heading more and more towards a more discreet outlet.

Anywho, I’m off to bed. I’m feeling rather accomplished, I’ve completed three pretty hefty tasks related to school today, and I’ve still had some time to share on here! Hope you’re doing well, too!