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Last year was difficult. I struggled to finish my MA thesis, had some friendship troubles, and caused a lot of grief to my husband and family.
This year, I'm ready for a new start. I began with a confessional visit, which afforded me the opportunity to get a lot of negative feelings off my mind. The priest also had some amazing advice: What needs to change in my life is my outlook. So, I awake each morning and reflect on things I'm thankful for. Most of the time I list people and luxuries that I have but take for granted. Writing, research, and friendship have been making my list daily.
I'm ready for big things to happen. Even if I don't get into a Ph.D. program this year, I won't give up. I will apply again and again until graduate programs are so tired of me that they admit me just so I stop applying. I have wanted to receive a Ph.D. since I was in 7th grade. There's no reason I can't reach this goal with the support and love of family and friends. God has a plan for me, and I think God's plan and mine align.
I have so much to give the world and the people I meet in it. From my research, writing, and reading, I have many thoughts to share. I'm hopeful for a bright future. Soon, I will start some long-awaited writing projects and continue with a short novella that I started with some friends.
My grandmother died today, Sunday, December 14, early in the morning. She suffered a brain aneurysm. I miss her so much. I'm not sure when I will stop crying. I will be leaving to Texas again for the funeral. I'm not sure how often I will be online these next couple of weeks.