June 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

The trick to being a successful adult is having always having a plan, even when things change, you should always have a back-up plan to keep you going until you can make a new plan.

Part of my growing up process has been about changing my plans when things don’t go the way I planned them to go. The life I was planning to have is no longer in the cards so I need a new plan, full of new goals that will help realize a new future.

SO, goals. I need goals. Monthly goals to get me to 2013. I can’t believe 2012 is already halfway over. When did that happen? Time flies.


– June – I need to pack everything up, get organized, and prep for the move. I need to find more boxes and decide what things I really need, what I can donate, trash, and put in storage. it’s a frustrating time right now because there are a lot of things I can’t pack up until the last minute. rerghs! I’m also trying to get at least one more temp assignment so I can have some moneys in the bank before I go back.

– July – July is all about settling in. Getting unpacked, getting the girls acquainted with the new place, getting used to being around my family every day. I’m not totally sure what I’ll be doing in July, to be honest. I’m trying to leave it open since I’m having a hard time predicting how well I’ll acclimate to living at home, with my family, in alabama. I’ve got a lot of DIY projects to keep busy with as well.

– August – Get a job! Just a part-time job, though. Keeping it simple. Not sure what kind of job yet (restaurant, office, other?) but just something to get me enough income to cover my phone bill and my personal expenses that I’m not comfortable letting my parents pay for. Ideally, I’d like to let them only pay for my groceries and my part of the utility bills. They have some kind of system worked out up on the mountain for utilities that I don’t understand, so I figured it would be best if I just don’t get involved. I’d like to pay for everything else though, like gas and going out to eat and the occasional pair of shoes. In addition to the job search, I’ll be starting GRE tutoring with dad and French tutoring with someone from UAB.

– September – Work. Study. Paint. Read. Start doing research on PhD programs and professors.

– October – Work. Study. Paint. Read. Road trip! Chase and I are planning a roadtrip to the northeast to do campus visits, prospective student interviews, and sit in on some classes. That’s what I’ll be doing anyway. Guess he’s along for the ride? He’s thinking about med school programs, so maybe it’ll be a good opportunity for him to see what’s out there and dream big. I know he can do better than UAB — the kid is just incredibly smart — so I’m hoping he’ll see something he likes up north.

– November – time to take the GRE! again. This will the last time I take that damn test and I better score higher than 10% percentile. I need to be in the top 2%. It’s so idiotic, all this stress and prep over a number that will simply be checked off a list, but I need my application to be the absolute best it can be. This is the last time I’m applying to PhD programs. If I don’t get in this time, I’m done. No mas.

– December – PhD Applications.

– 2013 – January through April – waiting. waiting. waiting. in totally anxious, sweaty-palm, hyperventilating waiting. will probably be the most uncomfortable months of my life (even worse than the last time I applied to PhD programs and got rejected from everywhere I applied. those were good times). but things could always get worse if I don’t get in anywhere this time either! not to worry — I’m much better prepared this time. I am older and wiser and have a much stronger resume. but those months will still suck. terribly.

So there it is — my plan. My plan for what to do when nothing goes to plan. We’ll see how it goes. It’s going to be a scary year.


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