I have about 2 months to go. Courses will be done by April 15 and two months until I defend my Master's thesis. Then - as I've promised my husband - my academic career will be over. Back to the easy life of full-time employment, full-time motherhood, full-time spouse...part-time everything else.
Since I've been back in school I've been reminded of just how much you can get done in one day if you put your mind to it. My goal is to have this mindset carry over and do a better job of incorporating some of my passions into our everyday life.
My passions: quilting, knitting, reading, photography, scrapbooking, decorating, sewing, gardening...you can see there are plenty of things to incorporate, but my mind set now if live life to the fullest, because there is so much living to do!
In the mean time, I've been keeping inspired. In the last year I discovered pinterest - YIKES is that fun! And a great way to take a break from data analysis for 10 to 20 minutes (realistically at least 30). Then I was introduced to etsy - OMG inspiration you can buy!!! I'm in heaven.
So lately between the blogs I follow and etsy I've purchased some fun quilt patterns, two quilt kits (its so nice to just touch fabric!). Here are some projects just awaiting my retirement from academia...and a cleaner basement in which to work, but that's a whole other post :)
Kristie at OCD. The pattern is available on Etsy here. My little guy - one of the rookies from the Winnipeg 2012-13 Timbit league - will be thrilled.
I'm a sucker for anything Christmas/winter/holidays...I found this cute Winter Wonderland Quilt Kit on Etsy - it can be found here.
Plus a few others...