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2013 in review

As we all usually do at this time of year, I’ve been thinking back over everything that has happened over the course of 2013. When I look back at the beginning of the year, I can’t believe all that has happened in such a short time.

This has been a big year for me, in both good ways and some bad ways. Here’s my Top 10 major events from 2013, in no particular order:

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At the beginning of the year, I was in a cast and had just made the decision to train for my second half-marathon. I had no plans to go ahead with another surgery. I was still just becoming comfortable with everything that comes along with being a health activist and sharing your story in a public setting. I had just gotten back my score on my GRE and was nervous about submitting my application for grad school.

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All of these things seem like they happened so long ago. It amazes me to think that in just another year, I will probably be looking back on where I am right now and think that there’s no way it has only been a year.

Thinking back over this year as a whole, even with some disappointments, both in myself and in life in general, I am proud of how this year turned out and how I feel that I have grown during it. I am so thankful for the new friends I made this year and the new experiences I had. It makes me really excited for the year ahead. I am looking forward to making plans and setting goals for the next 365 days. 2014, I’m coming for you! 

I don’t know how this happened

How can it possibly be November already?! I feel like my life has been zooming by so quickly the past few weeks that I haven’t had to chance to catch my breath. The only reason I got out as many posts as I did this past month was because I had written most of my Crohn’s disease story beforehand, so there wasn’t much that I had to do other than to actually post it online.

This past month has been a good one. There were some great things that happened and there were some big changes. I started a new job. I’m wrapping up my third week there, so it has been fairly intense the past few weeks just getting acclimated to everything and finding my place. One big change has been that I now have a 40-mile commute to work every day, so that has been getting me home later than I used to.

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I don’t always mind the drive, it gives me a little time to myself to unwind, think or sing really loud in my car. I have also really enjoyed watching the leaves change on the trees that line the highway. Driving home is a little less enjoyable than the ride in the morning, however. But more than anything, I’ve just been having to get used to the schedule and the new position, and that has taken away a lot of my attention in the past month.
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Trying to not let September kick my butt

It is very hard for me to believe that September is already here. Labor day usually marks the “unofficial” end of summer, even if there are still a few weeks left, but I’m not so sure that I’m ready for the summer to be over. Even if the fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I love sundresses and sandals and grilling on the back deck. I’m sad that’s almost over for the year.

September is the start of a very busy few months. For the foreseeable future, we don’t have a weekend where there isn’t something going on. The coming weeks will be filled with three weddings (all of which are out-of-town), some of Jarrod’s family coming into town, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Gourmet Gala, Jarrod taking a week-long trip to Canada, and dozens other events and plans. By that time, we’re already up to Thanksgiving and the holiday season will be upon us. It’s crazy how fast time flies sometimes.

In the past month, I haven’t accomplished all that I set out to do, but at the same time, I am proud of the work that I have done. I started back to school and raised awareness for ostomies on the Huffington Post’s blog. All in all, I’d say it was a successful month. The one thing that has suffered is my training. That was part of my goals for this month was to be diligent in working out and running, but unfortunately, that just hasn’t happened. I have just been so caught up with getting back into school and other events going on that I just haven’t felt like I’ve had the time. I had been good at getting to bed earlier to wake up with enough time to go for a run or swim, but now I’ve been staying up a little later getting things done and just haven’t had the energy to get up that early. I’m honestly not sure what my plan is for that right now, because I definitely don’t want to give up on it, but I don’t yet know the best way to handle it. That’s something that I will have to figure out.

graduate school college university study books learning stephanie hughes stolen colon crohn's colitis ostomy blogThis month is going to be all about time management for me. Now that I’m a couple of weeks into the semester, the pressure is on to stay up to date on all of our readings and making sure that I am prepared for class each week. So far, it’s going well though. It is working for me to do a short time of studying each night without overloading myself too much. I think this is going to be a good process for me.

I am actually nervous to put together a list of goals for this month because I feel like just keeping up with everything going on each day is going to keep me busy enough. Just this week, for example, I need to get all of my studying done tomorrow, the local ostomy group meets Tuesday, then I have class on Wednesday and I have to work late on Thursday. Suddenly, it’s next weekend and I haven’t really had any time at home all week.
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So I have this theory…

I think I’m really going to like my Communications Theory class. I know, anything with “theory” in the title and it sounds like a snooze-fest, but it’s actually really interesting. What I like about studying communication is that it really just discusses things that you already know, but may have never thought of in a laid-out, academic way. We all can picture how we would act or react in a certain situation, but we may not know why. Communication theory provides ideas of why people do the things they do.

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But I won’t bore you with all of the details of the socio-psychological tradition or the differences between objective and interpretive theory. I really just want to talk about my first experience back in the classroom in over five years.

I got to the classroom about 15 minutes early, but I wasn’t the first one there, so that was good! It was nice having just been to orientation with a lot of these people because I felt like I was having class with people I already knew, even if I had just met them briefly once. There are 17 of us in the class, including the professor, and he had us move our desks into a big circle so we could really make the class a big discussion rather than a lecture.
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