Fear Factor

Happy Monday all!

As I’ve gotten older I find myself  more open to trying new things. When I was younger I was reluctant to try things because l was fearful of others opinions of me.   That fear kept me from doing so many things in my youth.   It kept me from growing and helped increase my self doubt.  Most importantly it robbed me of my will to try. I know my fear of failure kept me from going back to school for 19 years. When I finally decided to pursue my doctorate last Fall, I was excited and eager to complete the program.  Unfortunately half way through my first semester I realized that online learning wasn’t working for me.  I missed having a traditional classroom setting where I could interact with my professor and other students. Without those interactions I felt alone and  isolated. I knew this wasn’t the educational experience I wanted. After much debate, I decided to  withdraw from the program last month.  Although my return to school was unsuccessful, I was proud that I didn’t allow my fear of failure to win.  I have absolutely no regrets about  my decision to go back to school and withdrawing from the program.   I don’t know if I’ll ever get my doctorate but if the opportunity arises I won’t hesitate to try again!

Have a wonderful day!

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Pants: Old Navy (here; navy sold out)
Shirt: ASOS Curve (here)
Vest: Torrid (here; runs small so size up)
Shoes: Nine West (old, similar here)

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4 Comments

  1. March 8, 2016 / 12:12 am

    Doctorate? As in, PhD? That is very hard to do on your own (heck, any degree is hard to do on your own), so major kudos to you for trying! Hopefully you’ll find the right program for you, and give it another go.

    Also, love the outfit. Sharp and stylish!

  2. QUILL
    March 8, 2016 / 5:11 am

    Great message.. Never no until u try..

  3. Rebecca
    March 10, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there and try something new. I know when the time and program is right for you it will happen!

  4. March 16, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    I think one of the biggest learnings of growing up is knowing when to say, “this isn’t for me and that’s okay.” And knowing the difference between that and giving up.