Personal Life Update 1
This is my first post specifically focused on providing an update on my personal life. My motivation for having these posts is to provide me a chance to reach my readers more closely. The inspiration comes from Phil Nickinson's weekly From the Editor's Desk posts (e.g., last week's post) over on Android Central, which I've found to be enjoyable to read.
For the formatting of these posts, I'm not really sure what it will evolve into. My hope is to keep it a little more casual, but other than that I'm open to suggestions. Maybe sometimes it could be a Q&A. We'll see.
Now, for actual life updates! This past week was a nice break for me. The middle of June is typically the time externships (and, in the case of schools on quarters like DePaul, the academic year) come to a close, and new ones don't start until the beginning of July. For clinical psych doctoral students, these roughly two weeks off to recover from our heavy workload the rest of the year are borderline sacred.
For me, it's a time to step away from work, improve my self care, make progress on personal tasks, and generally recharge. This year, as you've been able to tell, I've been having fun working on this site in my downtime. I've also been tutoring some people in programming (and, to a lessor extent, statistics). Between the two, I've been finally scratching a coding itch I didn't fully realize I had. Even now, I'm testing some great updates to the site to make the experience faster and more lively for all of you. I just hope I can get it working before my workload increases again this coming week!
But, regardless, I am going to do my best to continue posting on here regularly. My commutes have proven a great time to work on posts (and study for comps), and those will start to happen more often. Other than that, I've been enjoying the extra time to be at home with my wife, and to enjoy her great cooking.
Now that I've recharged a bit, my dissertation is beginning to feel exciting again, and I'm beginning to study for comps already. These two weeks may be a brief transition period, but I'm working to turn them into a great long-term transition for improvement in my life. After all, there's always room to do things better, and we should always strive to adapt and improve. That's how we were finally able to get to a point where #LoveWins.