It is the fourth and final year of my doctoral program (!).
I applied and was awarded a fellowship. This means I don't have to work as much as I'd planned.
CSULA has offered me the opportunity to teach 1-2 classes per quarter. El Nido Family Centers has offered me part-time consultant work.
My time and energy will be focused on (1) revising and submitting my publishable paper, (2) completing and defending my dissertation proposal, and (3) conducting a study on the relationship between posttraumatic resilience and parent-child communication about trauma (as a form of exposure therapy). I may throw in questions about cultural/traditional healing practices as moderators/mediators too. I can't help myself sometimes. I hope to complete and defend my dissertation at the end of the school year.
I share my progress and update as testimony that things do work out and it is possible. In our darkest hours, what sustains us is hope. I hope my journey gives witness to the power of love, hope, faith, social support, perseverance, and determination. I realize that sharing good news may come off as boastful. My intention is to provide one story of a woman who struggles and overcomes with work, love and faith.
Be well and hopeful.