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Study Saturday: PS is for …

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 07/25/2015 at 06:40

Public Speaking

And how it applies to the college courses that I teach and my own doctoral dissertation

Asia Cube

Flashback *Feline* Friday: My grad cat keeps me company through this cube at my desk! {Fun fotos taken when we lived in Cali then when I taught in the Valley}

Don’t y’all always like my alliteration?

Desk Cube

Flashback *Feline* Friday: Here are the other dimensions of my grad cat at my desk! {More Bay & el Valle}

Type of Presentation Description Dissertation
Informative Speech Sharing facts based on research Concept Proposal as Information Session for my Committee
Persuasive Speech Supporting opinions with research Proposal Defense to convince Committee; IRB request
Interview Asking and answering questions ~ which also involves the powers of persuasion Committee, Faculty and Public Defense ~ all for which I’m preparing to get into defense shape (also involved when I initially applied to my doctoral program, my final and comprehensive exams)
Special Occasion Speech  Celebrating an event Acknowledging my support system after successful full Defense ~ when I shoot to become Doctor
Cat Clip & Keroppi

With cat art as all the rage lately, I’ve been trendsetting since before then at my work zone! + #FrogFetish#Keroppi

PS also is for … Pet Smart ~ where I go for my catsentials!

Jones Soda

Don’t cat photos always make anything better? This from my sweaty swigs, ya dig?

A&A *Highlights* this Week:

  • Big Asia actually being my bed buddy from sleeping to waking up for the 1st time in 9 years (she usually sleeps at my feet or elsewhere)!
  • Vocal Annie playing copy cat with me by imitating (the greatest form of flattery) the pitch of my voice ~ another element that I teach in speech!

Therefore, Lil’ Ann‘s the mockingcat!

Workout Wednesday: Wedding Season Shape & More!

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 06/24/2015 at 08:25

HBD to my Uncle Dr. Rudy!!!

When my Tito’s daughter/my oldest cousin, Melissa, got married (exactly 12 years and two months ago today and exactly two weeks after I graduated from McMurry), I spent the ☼morning☼ of her nuptials running in the Maryland rain!

Ate Mel's Wedding

Wayback Wednesday: I can’t believe that back then, I thought that ruching made me look fat ~ it looks fab#PrettyInPink

Those  were the days when I didn’t have to ~ as Milli Vanilli (whose ½ of the duo would’ve turned the BiG 5-0 almost three weeks ago) would ♪sing♪ (or lip-sync) ~ ♫Blame It On the Rain♫ … BEFORE my crazy cold after I chilled on the chili Corpus Christi beach during my business trip.

Even though I myself am NOT a bride, that isn’t stopping me from wanting to stay in shape during wedding season, and most of all, when I defend my dissertation and graduate this fall. Check out my fave fit babes‘ workouts to get wedding-ready for those of you who are about to walk down the aisle or have another important upcoming event:

Recent Wedding Collab to be Bride-Fab ~ The Bridal Bootcamp Collaboration [c/o Kin Community]

Wayback Wednesday Wedding Workouts

Happy Training, Brides-to-Be!!!

Addendum

As I work on my stats scoring manual, the timing couldn’t have been better as this special delivery arrives to my door …

Doc grad regalia

Dr. D, here I come! {Final reveal as we finish 2015 strong}

My Doctor graduation regalia!

Doc regalia

All the pieces together … They’ll all fall into place as long as I finish this chase/complete this race & keep a happy face! #FutureDoc #DISPObustAFlow

I must be as excited as a blushing bride because I just received the gown that I’m wearing on my BiG Day!

Speaking of weddings, check out this ^– one –^ of the HAPA who ♪sang♪ the feature ♫track♫ from WFP‘s Everything Before Us

Beauty Tuesday: Fall Haul

In Beauty Tuesday, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, What's Hot on 06/23/2015 at 01:15

Happy Five-Year ♥Anniversary♥ to my Truck ☼SUNSHINE☼!!!

☼Sunshine☼

☼Sunshine☼ looks pristine!

She’s still as beautiful as can be and has sustained the pain beyond the rain, from sleet and snow to hurricanes and hail storms, without damage (knock on wood ~ as in my luxury wood dash trim interior)!

“It’s got 4-wheel drive, dual-side air bags & a monster [hit high-pitch] ♪sound♫ system!” ~ Alicia Silverstone as Cher on Clueless {mine makes the last 2-out-of-3}

Although we’re freshly into ☼summer☼, I tend to think ahead …

… Especially since I anticipate my dissertation defense.

While I’ve already planned what to wear on my BiG day right down to my footwear (yet still debatable), I’m wondering about plaid since it’ll be the look of next season.

Plaid

I already know that I can *rock out* plaid! Just what the future Doctor ordered: these Doc Martens! {FYI: I have my phone screen shot for a reason ~ to show that I maintain Airplane Mode to prevent distractions during my study}

Perhaps I can go with one of these trendsetting patterns for my graduation photos that I’ll send with my announcements. Come to think of it, I really am treating this like I’m tying the knot! Here are similarities:

Courtship of Dissertation –> Doctoral Degree Engagement –> Wedding
Proposal (Concept, Defense) Popping the Question
Wearing my Class Ring on my Left Finger *BLING* Wearing an Engagement Ring on the Left Finger *BLING*
Committing to my Research Topic Committing to Partner
Pre-Dissertation Coursework Pre-Marital Classes
Selecting Dissertation Dress* Selecting Bridal Gown
Selecting Grad Announcement Wardrobe Selecting Engagement Announcement Wardrobe
Getting into/Staying in Shape for Events  <– Same as the left –| 
Writing Dissertation (way longer to write and present) Writing Wedding Vows (shorter to present)
Walking Across the Stage Walking Down the Aisle
Getting Hooded Getting Hitched
Changing Name to Dr. ________________ Changing Name to Mrs. ________________

* Bearing in mind that I’m picking out how to dress for this milestone, I’m deciding between something stylish or timeless. Someday, as I flip through my Ph.D. grad pics to reminisce or show them to future generations, I must look put-together and NOT like a hot mess! ~ I definitely don’t want to reflect back and think

What was I thinking?

Like Ellen DeGeneres reveals on her throwback segments!

Despite the serious nature of my study and my own detail-orientation of my appearance for my final presentation, I can’t help but find fun in everything to lift my spirits, including with this clip:

Throwback: Papa Jun and Baby Me appear here on page 8 of the June 2015 issue of Blessed Living Magazine!

Motivational Manic Monday: Stats Cat

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Manic Monday, Motivational Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 06/22/2015 at 03:30

The Purrfect Distraction from my Data Scoring Manual …

Stats Cat

Annie demands attention

Meet Angel Annie the Stats Cat!

She’s following in her Big Sis Asia the Grad Cat‘s pawsteps!

Asia

Asia takes over my Dallas Cowboys desk chair

Despite not spending as much QT with my Cuties as I’d like, at least they still come around while I’m hard at work!

Manic Monday: P, S & R are for …

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Manic Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Sports Sunday, Study Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 06/15/2015 at 17:45

The time is here!!!

As the Golden State Warriors of the West one-upped the Cleveland Cavaliers of the East to lead the 2015 NBA title series, I also reached achievement to feel victorious:

I landed at a happy medium for my Ph.D. participant total for my survey sample!

OLLU PhD

Come a long way … Still more to go! #DISPObustAFlow

One step closer toward World Champions status for these ballers, one step closer toward dissertation defense for yours truly!

While this may not be the most exciting news for the entire world, what it means to me is that

I now can run my stats STAT #DrDISPObustAFlow

P

S

R

Doctor of Philosophy

School/Scholar/Study

Research

Professional Pursuit

Social Science

 

Participants

Survey

 

Players

Sports/Student-Athletes

 

Performance

Satisfaction

 
Population Percentage Statistics

Run Stats/Analyze Results

Exactly eight months after I started collecting data (despite the slow start, it’s really about how I execute and complete), I’ve now entered this well-anticipated phase …

#NumberCrunchTime

Beauty Tuesday: Preparing for the BiG Day 

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 06/02/2015 at 15:00

Two months ago …

Tito Regie (visiting from the PI🌴): When’s the BiG day?

Yours truly: 🙏GOD-willing, December 2015!

Uncle Reg meant when I’d become Mrs. So & So, & I meant when I’d become Dr. Dispo! 💒💍🏤

#DISPObustAFlow #DISPOsAlwaysFly #NotLookingForAGuy #PhD #DrD #TeamDrD #DrDispo #TeamDrDispo

Just like many brides👰🏽 may 👣step👟 up their 🏈A-game🏀 to get wedding-ready, I as a 🎓Ph.D. candidate am doing everything in my power that backs up my dissertation, up until the day of my full defense:

  • First of all, I’ve been wearing my class ring on my left hand since I received it after my candidacy (compare engagement/popping-the-question to comprehensive exams/answering-the-questions)
  • Waking up every morning with it on my mind and tuning those thoughts into actions that support it (contacting folks [like in wedding planning], writing [like in marriage vows])
  • Posting affirmations to remind me of my goal everyday, including this gorgeous reminder ~ inspired by TIU‘s K&K👙 in FFF📖 (this note is posted on my dashboard)

YES, I made it up: PhD for Pretty HOT Driver ~ what can I say? This. Is. LEGIT. #fuego

  • Keeping my defense dress👗 hung up in plain view ~ so I can see it and envision myself presenting🎤 my paper📜 (I’ll also have a dress👔 rehearsal/run-through to practice while wearing it ahead of time)
  • Exercising both my body and my brain for the physical and mental fitness to endure and persevere
  • Hitting the sack one night closer from turning this 🌈dream💭 into a reality🏆

Vision Board for the Blogilates challenge … Still in progress!

  • Last, but certainly not least and actually the most important:

Always PRAY.

Beauty Tuesday: Suit Up!

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/07/2015 at 11:00

Back to business …

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Now that we’ve entered the †Easter† season, I’ve continued to prepare for my dissertation defense

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Right down to what I wear!

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I actually sought consult from my personal stylist/classmate who finished his Ph.D. two years ago

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As of this month!

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I ended up scoring another A’GACI number that matches up with almost all-of-the-above ~ plus has this ☼spring’s☼ on-point trend: polka dots!

Slide7

Then I had to remind myself of this scripture that I came across during †Lent†:

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of †GOD† and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” ~ Matthew 6:25-27, 31-34

Study Saturday: Every Moment Counts

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Study Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/28/2015 at 09:00

With all of the abundant activities that have called for my attention lately, I’ve been mustering up every extra waking moment away to work on my dissertation ~ which is why I’ve actually appreciated these recent snow days.

  • Some of my colleagues have considered their own hours per day of dedication on their doctoral research as shift work
  • Others have only been able to devote even just a few minutes per day to their study

Lately, I’ve fallen under the latter category, rather than the former. Once upon a time, I was able to spend a whole work day’s worth, but with countless demands, I’m fortunate to invest up to an hour or so; for instance, with the additional studies that my department requires for us to review for our doctoral degrees, I’ve included at least one more per day. Regardless of how much time I’ve been able to write and research, the process is paying off as I keep making progress

Because not a day passes without my discipline and determination to stay focused and deter distractions.

Neighbor cat

Unless you count my catastrophic pleasant distractions, including my neighbor, who’s welcome to chillax ’til her ♥heart’s♥ content snow or ☼shine☼

#DOnotDisturb mode

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After our early week Snow Day and before our Snow Weekend

And with †GOD’s† ☼grace☼

Study Saturday: Rated PG

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 01/24/2015 at 08:00

As both an educator (college professor, religious education teacher, private tutor) and a student (to finish my doctoral degree this year and had a call to confirm my dissertation chair this week ~ to defend and become DOCTOR this ☼summer☼ then walk this fall) who can empathize with my own students, this ♣spring♣ semester thus far already has made waves!

P is for …

Pupils (formal term for students) * Pursuit * Progress –> Prosper/Prosperity

ITV

Teaching in the Future: I conference call my high school dual credit students into my college classroom! Technology rules!

G if for …

Giselle

Giselle my Superstar Student rocks in her latest speech that advances her to state!

Goal –> Git’er done –> Graduate/Graduation

Study Saturday: One More Hour

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Relationships, Study Saturday, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 01/10/2015 at 08:30

That’s all I need to earn my degree🎓: my dissertation📖 defense🎤

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In PURRfect Company😻: My Grad Cat *ASIA* has been with yours truly since I before I completed my Master’s degree!

Let’s do this!!! Add 🍓fuel☕️ to the 🔥fire💥!!