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A random fact about me: I LOVE Mondays. I have always found so much joy in planning, organizing and fresh starts. Monday is a chance to start the week off WELL and for me it’s my chance to set a positive tone and to improve on things that may have gone wrong last week.

Why am I putting this in my Blog? Well to be honest it wasn’t supposed to be a blog post, never mind my SECOND blog post. I have been planning my entire blog for such a long time and I have actually had my second blog written for quite some time now…BUT today was a day that I feel I need to put into words. (I am actually quite shocked at myself for straying from the plan) I have started to find writing quite peaceful and calming and that is definitely something I need right now.

This morning was the beginning of Semester 2, which is the LAST semester of my Masters degree. I was so excited to get back into routine and hard work after a month’s break. BUT Masters really knows how to go from 0-1000 in 2 seconds. My lecture started at 8:30 and was ONLY an hour and a half long.

I drive just over an hour to varsity every day so I woke up bright-eyed and bushy tailed and left home at 6:30 to make sure I wasn’t going to be late (I am also a sucker for good first impressions). I get there and the lecture started…due dates, presentation due, 15 summaries due, write an academic report, thesis, thesis interviews, project interviews, approx. 320 hours of transcriptions, group work, more due dates OH and lectures end on the 16 October…99 days. Basically by 10 o’clock this morning it was pretty safe to say that this gal was one heck of an anxious Courtney.

Throughout the day I have gone through the motions of motivation, stress, putting the due dates into my dairy, listening to praise and worship, watched an episode of Gossip Girl (needed it) and well… now I am writing. Not going to lie, I’m pretty impressed with myself for not crying. I know it’s possible and I know I can do it BUT I need to remind myself every day and my FAV way of doing this is to set goals for myself. So, I thought, WHY NOT put this up on a place where I can’t hide from it. theSide isn’t even a week old yet and its already helping me…here it goes.

My MASTERS Goals for the next 99 days:

1. Finish it.

2. Finish the 15 summaries by the end of August

3. Have the academic report done at least 1 week before its due

4. Finish ALL interviews and transcriptions by the middle of September

5. Keep my average above 70%

6. Have all notes and exam summaries DONE before lectures end.

If you are still reading, I encourage you to look at what your life will look like for the next 99 days. What challenges will you face? What obstacles do you want to overcome? I don’t know how you like to handle times like these but I hope that you can stay strong, true to who you are and look back and be proud.

Love, Courts xx


“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

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