“Don’t just count your years, make your years count.” — George Meredith
A decade ago — on September 19, 2007 — I started this blog to document my journey as a PhD student in human and organizational systems at Fielding Graduate University. I envisioned it as a personal journal, academic endeavor, and professional platform. Although I withdrew from Fielding, I continued blogging.
A few years later I launched my website, but this blog was my first form of online expression and it has evolved into the anchor of my social media strategy. This blog has been a tool through which I have shared my story; I will continue doing so indefinitely.
As I begin to discover my PhD potential with the University of Leicester, my PhD plans are again becoming a possibility. Once I begin my program this blog will reflect those experiences along with my adventures in academia. I look forward to the future with optimism and idealism. The worst is over and the best is yet to come.
Speaking of focusing forward, in the first week of the Discovering Your PhD Potential course I was asked to answer the following question: Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? In ten years? (Consider carefully whether doing a PhD will help you to fully achieve this, and if so how?). My answers follow:
In five years I will:
- Defend my doctoral dissertation and start my first year teaching with my PhD.
- Apply for a promotion from being an instructor to assistant professor at AUE.
- Live a healthy lifestyle that brings me comfort, calmness, and confidence.
- Share my life with a partner who fills my soul with faith, hope, and love.
- Expand my acting to include commercials and voice over work.
In ten years I will:
- Publish at least ten papers in high quality journals, five book chapters, and two books about social media marketing, sports management, or my related research interests.
- Work towards a promotion from associate professor to full professor before I turn 55.
- Celebrate my sons living happy and healthy lives as they embark on adulthood.
- Produce five online video courses and appear in a half-dozen podcasts.
- Enjoy financial stability and the ability to travel at least twice per year.
The past decade has dealt me both unplanned obstacles and unexpected opportunities. Trying yet inspiring experiences have broken me while strengthening me. I have grown as a person and a professional; I am changed for the better, despite the scar tissue. This blog has documented these changes and will continue to serve as reflection of my progression. I am eager to make the most of each moment and invite you to join me on my journey.