I think this is so important to remember. There’s a lot of rhetoric out there about how if you want to be loved, you have to love yourself first. But I’m here to tell you, and so is Maria Bamford: it’s just not so. You are worthy of love, whether you love yourself or not, and the people who love you will love you when you think you’re great and when you’re very down on yourself.
As I mentioned yesterday, I’m participating in #AcWriMo this year and calling it #DissProWriMo, since I’m planning to churn out a pretty workable draft of my dissertation proposal this month. Is it an ambitious goal? It sure is. Can I do it? Here’s hoping!
But Kimberly, what resources are you using to help you?
I’m so glad you asked. Here’s a list:
- Katy Peplin’s ThrivePhD #AcWriMo resources
- Raul Pacheco-Vega’s Academic Writing resources
- The 5th edition of Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches by John W. Creswell and J. David Creswell
- My Bullet Journal (a Moleskine Hardcover Large Dot Grid notebook + Pilot G2 pen)
- Google Docs
- Forest app for the Pomodoro technique
Nice. What are your goals?
- Finished draft of my dissertation proposal
- Submission-ready version of a paper I’m co-authoring with Dr. Maggie Melo.
Progress goal: 1-3 pages of writing per day
What are your limitations?
I only have 17 days with childcare this month. I’m planning to spend at least 2 hours a day writing, but more if I can manage it.
Anything else we need to know?
I’ll be posting a weekly blog update on my progress. You can follow along by clicking any of the social links to the left or by subscribing for email updates (also in the left sidebar).
Of course I love my kid more than anything in the world, but I also enjoy conversation that consists of more than “The potty IS a good place for poop!” and “I don’t know why Winnie the Pooh has a grumbly voice.”
To be fair, my kid and I actually have some solid commute conversations, but they’re still not the same as chatting with friends about pop culture and the world.
(Does this post – or my others about parenthood – mean I’m a mommy blogger now? When I was pregnant, my friend Whitney asked, jokingly, if I was going to become a mommy blogger once I had my kid and I was all, “Haha no!” But did I? Jenny Lawson and Heather B. Armstrong are considered mommy bloggers and I really like them, so I’m going to rock it, if that’s who I am now.)
We went to lunch with a friend of my son’s and her parents after the preschool Halloween party today. I thought, This will be great! The kids will entertain each other and we can have grown up talk!
Reader, that is not what happened.
Honestly, though, being a parent seems to mean being really behind on pop culture, so what would I even talk about besides either my kid or my work? And it turns out most people aren’t interested in talking about the spread of ethnography as a methodological approach beyond the field of anthropology, so work’s not great for much conversation, either.
My kid is so cute, though.