The journey begins

Monday, 7 March 2016
While waiting for my flight to board in Frankfurt I began thinking about what I hope to achieve while on this appointment. Why haven’t I thought about this carefully before? Life is busy and with the preparations of leaving the country for three months and I hadn’t given much thought to goals. If you know me at all, you know that I am goal-oriented and feel motivated by accomplishments.


My friend, Max, posted a comment on a Facebook photo that I took of myself upon departure at the airport. He said something to the effect of: Selfies are useful to historically document moments in time. I look forward to seeing the photo you take of yourself when you return.

Interesting. When I get back from this Fulbright adventure and look at before-and-after photos of myself what do I hope to see or feel?

Without getting too complicated, I’m working toward three things:

My research is taking me places (!) and I commit to deep exploration of the phenomenon. Specifically, I will create a plan to use the data that I gather to inform others.

The practice of yoga is a large part of the Indian and Sri Lankan culture and I’d like to return to the U.S. with a stronger body. I hope to participate in classes each week. The temperature in Colombo will be around 95F during the day but the mornings will be a pleasant 77F. Why not practice yoga bright and early? My other option is swimming. We have a roof top pool and while there is no shade, I could exercise, again, early in the morning.

I’m also looking forward to experiencing all things new and exciting with James. In the states, we live in the same city as our families and we rely on them for quite a bit. This will be a special time to grow together as a couple and have more autonomy.

Thank you so very much to you, my reader, for supporting this journey. As I write these blog posts I think of you and imagine you reading the posts and I do not feel alone. Please post a comment and let me know a detail about your life so we can stay in touch.

3 comments

Katie Reno said...

Hey Denae, I'm loving this blog. I've read three of your post and love hearing about your adventures. What are you researching while there? Will it be a similar to your Dis topic? -Katie

Sh'shank said...

Hey Denae!

Congrats again on being a Full Bright Scholar! I recall a conversation we had when we met in London, about what would we feel at the end of the year.

I am looking forward to all the upcoming posts and learn all about your interesting experiences.

Denae said...

Katie - thanks so much for reading! I wrote a post about my research just for you (and to to update others). Please let me know how you are doing.

Shashank - can you believe how far we've come!? I'm especially thankful that several of our group has stayed in touch. I appreciate your support.