Happy New Year’s Eve! As always, I start one blog with the intention of posting it. Then on the day I decide to post it, I come up with something better. Well, I believe the ones I post are better than my original versions. Anyway, my original blog is in quotes. I had good intentions to complete and post it; however, I must admit, it was pretty boring. Enjoy~

“Closing Chapters

We often hear people reference the Book of Life. Have you ever sat back and thought about that reference? I have.

Over the past few years, I have referred to different ventures, or adventures (as I would like to call them), as chapters. Some chapters are short, while others are long– very long. Nevertheless, they all end. Sometimes the ending can be difficult to handle, especially when the chapter was awesome. Others, you cannot wait for them to end. Either way, chapters end.

Research projects are like chapters. Many are short chapters. They can range from a few months to a few years. This can be frustrating for the researcher as well as the participants. Most researchers work hard to develop a quality product. They know that their name will be attached to it, so they put a lot of effort into making sure it’s something of worth. The downside is many of the products do not have time to be considered effective. However, if they are effective, they’re so short lived that the participants do not have enough time to make lifestyle changes before the project ends. This causes frustration.”

Errrrkkk….STOP!! That was boring and too “profound.” As I stated in my personal statement, on my website (theresearchdiva-rd.com), I am a human being. With this said, here are some of my personal feelings as 2017 comes to an end.

I began 2017 with a few goals carried over from 2016. They were goals I just knew I would have completed within that year but didn’t. I would be lying if I said I was not disappointed. I was very disappointed. Some of the goals had been carried over for years. I could not seem to complete them… until… THIS YEAR!

I’m ending this year feeling accomplished! It is such a wonderful feeling. In the bible, the number seven represents completion. The number eight represents a new beginning. I am ending 2017 with completed goals!

What changed? I changed. This year I was more determined than ever not to allow setbacks to get the best of me. After each setback, I decided not to focus on my mistakes. Instead, I focused on my successes. It’s amazing what positive thinking can do. Believe me, it was hard, but I did it.

I would like to end with this. Although I am ending 2017 with completed goals, I still have goals I haven’t even begun working towards. Who knows how long it will take for me to accomplish them. What I do know is, I will not give up. This year has taught me that goals can be accomplished. So whatever incomplete goals you have to roll into 2018, do so with your head held high. Do not let disappointments weigh you down. You will accomplish your goals. Oh– and once they’re accomplished, don’t forget to set new ones. I can hear DJ Khaled saying, “And another one…” You always have to have goals.

Smile,

TRD~RD

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