Back in the Blogosphere

It’s been 7 months, but I’m back in the blogosphere!
 
Why now? Here’s a few reasons:
  1. My mentor “admonished” me (his word, not mine) to be more intentional about writing. And I respect that.
  2. Quite frankly, I need to write. For writers, it’s true what a character in Sandra Cisneros’ House on Mango Street said: “You must keep writing. It will keep you free.” Free from what? From all the thoughts that veritably fill our minds. As if our minds are suitcases going on an airplane, we can only hold so much (say, 50 lbs) or we’ll need to get rid of some baggage. In an airport, the main way to get rid of some baggage is to transfer it to your carry-on bag. And in life, I think the main way to get rid of some baggage is to transfer it to a journal, blog, canvas, stage, or the listening ears of a friend/mentor/therapist/SOMEONE.     
  3. I finally have things to write about! In the last 7 or more months, by God’s grace and with the help of a variety of lectures, readings, and conversations, I’ve honed my interests and career goals, declared a major in psychology, and will be graduating (one semester later than originally planned…but more on that later?!) with a double major in psychology and English. An aspiring mental health professional, I’ve developed interests in depression, anxiety, self-injury, stress management, identity development, and religion/spirituality, particularly as they relate to adolescent and college student/young adult populations.  
That said, here’s the goal:
Miscellaneous Mondays 
Word-of-God Wednesdays (for what I’m learning in church, in small group, in God’s Word, etc.)
pSychology Saturdays (for what I’m learning in class, in research, etc.)

I really don’t mind if I miss a day here and there, especially Miscellaneous Mondays. (I mean, seriously, there are FIFTY-TWO Mondays, Wednesdays, AND Saturdays in a year. That’s a lot.) But it’s a general goal.    
 
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“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal,<sup class=”crossreference” style=”font-weight: bold; line-height: normal; vertical-align: top;” value=”(W)”> but I press on to take hold<sup class=”crossreference” style=”font-weight: bold; line-height: normal; vertical-align: top;” value=”(X)”> of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.<sup class=”crossreference” style=”font-weight: bold; line-height: normal; vertical-align: top;” value=”(Y)”> Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind<sup class=”crossreference” style=”font-weight: bold; line-height: normal; vertical-align: top;” value=”(Z)”> and straining toward what is ahead, I press on<sup class=”crossreference” style=”font-weight: bold; line-height: normal; vertical-align: top;” value=”(AA)”> toward the goal to win the prize <sup class=”crossreference” style=”font-weight: bold; line-height: normal; vertical-align: top;” value=”(AB)”>for which God has called<sup class=”crossreference” style=”font-weight: bold; line-height: normal; vertical-align: top;” value=”(AC)”> me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 3:12-14
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