Saturday, May 12, 2012


It all still hasn't hit me yet but I guess that's normal since it is an almost 5-year chapter of my life that has come to an end. The whole experience was surreal and the whole 3-hour ordeal was over in what felt like 15 minutes. I was so pleased and proud of my their response to my writing and they way I handled their grilling (their terminology). I feel like most of the past 5 years has been spent doubting my capabilities and feeling like I wasn't smart enough to pull this off. Having two experts in the field praise me so highly has given me a much needed boost and I can finally say that I do feel proud. I did earn this.

This feeling reminds me of the song by Kate Earl - Learning to Fly.
I've always wanted to reach a moment where I could feel this type of pride. I am so thankful for how it has all gone. I am so thankful that I feel I have earned this moment.

Learning to Fly - Kate Earl

I've made mistakes 
But I won't be ashamed 
It feels like fate is lifting me 
I can't seem to keep my feet on the ground 
I no longer hide 
So I let the sun wash over me 
Cause there's no darkness left to hold me down 
And I feel it's light 
And I found the spark that was missing from my life. 

I've earned these wings I was not born with them 
And it's no accident 
How I walked through the rain and the fire 
Cause it taught me how to love 
It taught me how to fight 
And finally I'm learning to fly 


Listen to it if you get the chance. Off to the gym this morning for a final workout before leaving Canterbury. I'll be in London for a mega-shopping spree, so that will count as both my cardio and weight lifting for the next two days :)


  1. You should be proud, because you have made a huge accomplishment here! YOU did this - it was ALL YOU! :D

    1. Thanks Maren! I can truly say that I worked HARD for this. It's a wonderful sense of achievement.

  2. Good song and good for you on a job well done. Go ahead and fly. :)

    1. The song really moved me - I'm ready to fly! :)

  3. I wish I could shake hands with your--or hug--and let that empowerment seep right into me. I really really loved this post. What an incredible accomplishment.

    :-) Marion

    1. Thank you. I felt like the defense wasn't just about the thesis but also about who I was and what the entire process and product represented. It was just what I needed.

  4. "I've earned these wings - I was not born with them." Love that line!

    Heartfelt congratulations to you!!

    1. That's the line that hooked me. When I first heard the song I thought to myself - I really WANT this to be my theme song. I'm happy to say that it now is :)
      Thanks so much!!


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