PhD or Not —–That has been the looming question for me over the last six months. I have continued writing and trying to keep my head around the literature review, research design and working with my chair. But, do I really need to have a PhD any more? I am retired and working in my studio and loving every minute that I am there creating. I’m 57 years old and I don’t think that I will ever go back to higher education.
I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this topic. It has been interesting as my college friends say – ABSOLUTELY FINISH and my other friends say DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.
What do I do………..
Today is sibling day! Not quite sure where this “DAY” of celebration came from. But, it gives us time to think about our brothers and/or sisters hopefully in a loving way and be happy they are in our lives.
Doing some research I found that Claudia Evart created the day and also the Siblings Day Foundation. Evart lost her siblings very early in life from two separate accidents. Forty-nine governors have acknowledged the holiday. President George W. Bush recognized the day in 2008. But, it takes much more to become an actual holiday.
Now that we have the historical out of the way, what about your siblings? How is your relationship with them? Was it better when you were younger or has it gotten better as both of you have grown older? Have there been events in your life that changed your relationship? If you have elderly parents, has this changed your relationship with your siblings?
If your like me you have had a roller coaster relationship with your sibling. I am 3 1/2 years older than my brothers. He was never in school with me and when he was in high school I was married (young) and we weren’t real close. When I was in high school he was always that pesty brother who was in the way with friends and boyfriends. Ha Ha Ha! My brother was really different then me too. He struggled in school and everything came easy for me. He was the wild child and I was the typical first child who did everything she was suppose to.
Over the years as we both have our own families and lost our mother we have grown closer, not caring about the differences, caring that we are family and that is the most important. We have had our tiffs – actually more between things my husband has done, but, we all grow and it isn’t worth holding any grudges.
I am sure many of you were challenged with divorces in your family and then parents remarrying. How did this affect your relationships with your siblings? I know that each one of us have our stories……what is yours? Share in the comments and give a tribute to your siblings today.
The picture above is me and my brother. We had our first vacation together since we were kids still at home. It was actually a lot of fun and we didn’t kill each other.
HAPPY SIBLING DAY!
Today is the start of 2018’s journey of life, retirement, business development, and most importantly being a gram! Take this journey with me and share as I share with you how my life as an administrator in higher education evolves. Share the joys and struggles of being on the back end of 50, having an aging parent, and wanting to be all my mother was and more as a grandmother.
Part of this journey will also include trying hard to develop a home-based business, complete my PhD, and being a mother, wife and grandmother. And…also important is the passion of allow art and design a major part of this journey. Yes……….we have a lot of work to do this year don’t we?
Well…….let’s get started today…..before the NEW YEAR!
I included the picture of me standing on a Florida gulf beach so we can close our eyes, feel the waves moving back and forth and our toes being covered by sand. Demonstrating that if we do not keep moving we will be covered up and stuck in the sand of life. We don’t have time to waste this gift of life given to us.
So….for our first step of filling in our planners for 2018. Let’s make a list of what is important to us…..everything…..big and little! Include vacations, birthdays….anything and everything you deem as important for your year to be a success.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!