This reminder also came again when I received an email about my poetry being accepted to read at an event in San Francisco at the end of October. And, it came again when I saw some of my writing on an advertisement for a friend's book coming out later this year.
Altogether, I have some renewed energy in connecting with my classmates who are also working on their dissertations. Time to work on check-in groups again. Thankfully, this week also begins tutoring sessions again with the Writing Center at my school. This is a great way to stay accountable to my dissertation birthing too.
My chair also encouraged me to take a bit more time on Chapter 5 and that there really was no rush to finish it up this past weekend. Thus encouraged, I took some time to do something adventurous. I thought long about going diving off of the Channel Islands (Anacapa), but decided it would be too much of a challenge just now. Better, I thought, to be gentle with myself. So, I went swimming (nude!) with my old friends in the Matilja Ojai dam.