Today was not just another Monday in my life. Today was a day I've worked toward for a very, very long time. It was one marker of the achievement of my biggest life goal. It was a day that, at times, I had to have faith that it would eventually come.
Today I successfully defended my dissertation.
Today I was addressed for the first time as "Doctor" (though in its strictest sense won't be technically accurate until I deposit, at a minimum, perhaps until my degree is conferred in May).
Today it felt like the weight of the world was lifted from my shoulders. It felt like this:
The best part is that it looks like revisions will be minor, and that I should be able to deposit in fairly short order. The end is really in sight! This is real! Plus, Mr. Joanna got to attend the defense (and take the picture), and that meant a lot to me. To those of you who prayed for me, I cannot thank you enough. God gave me peace. God reminded me that HE called me to this place. That this was His work.
I almost hate to mix topics in this post, because it means SO much to me. However, I reached another (smaller) milestone today that deserves to be noted: I surpassed the 100-mile mark for the year.
Last Friday I did an easy 3.9 miles, mostly to try to loosen up after the track workout last Wednesday. Then on Saturday Meg and I did an 8-miler, though a bit slower than our last long run. We were both still sore from our first track practice and decided that combined with our mileage hike, it wasn't the week to be heroes. It was a great run and we had a great time. Then this morning (in all my anxiety), I did another 3.9 miles. I ran hard and enjoyed every second of it. It was nothing short of perfect, with foggy, cool weather.
84.7 + 3.9 + 7.9 + 3.9 = 100.4 miles