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    The ATAS hoop - Sep 12th, 2013
    Today I learned that I have another obstacle to manoeuvre around prior to applying for my new student visa. Apparently, because I will be in a computer-based programme, I have to apply for a certificate from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme. [more...]

    Goodbye, Scotland - Sep 4th, 2013
    I’m on the train to England now and will be flying home to America tomorrow morning. It’s weird because part of me feels like I am only going away on a wee holiday, but the other part of me fears this may be forever. [more...]

    The life of a character - Aug 30th, 2013
    A few weeks before Paul died I began the outline of a book. I was excited about it; Paul was excited about it. He was, after all, the inspiration for the story’s hero. But after he died I realised that I couldn’t write the book as planned. The central story was still there, but the characters would have to change—as would the path that would lead them to the end of the book. [more...]

    The hat trick - Jul 24th, 2013
    When I put in my first PhD application, I was filled with self-doubt. But I was accepted. [more...]

    A Stirling offer - Jul 4th, 2013
    I won’t keep you long today because I’m just way too excited to blather on and on about my dreams of earning a PhD. Instead, I will just make an announcement and get back to my Independence Day celebrations (which have taken on an additional flair this year!). [more...]

    Waiting for a future - Jul 3rd, 2013
    Waiting has got to be one of the hardest things in the world when your entire future depends on the outcome. But waiting is what I do these days. I wait. And wait. And wait. And as I wait, I stress and worry. But still, I wait. Because sometimes there’s no hurrying the answer; there’s no bypassing the wait. [more...]

    Half-way to failure - Jul 1st, 2013
    A year ago this time, I was excitedly telling you that I was half-way to succeeding in my 2012 Race a Month Challenge. Sadly, half-way through my 2013 challenge, I’m here to tell you that I’m failing miserably. [more...]

    And another - Jun 30th, 2013
    I’ve just completed an application for another PhD studentship and have realised that I am running out of options and opportunities now. In fact, there don’t appear to be any more opportunities for the upcoming academic year, and I fear that if I don’t begin my PhD studies this year, I never will. [more...]

    A Stirling opportunity - Jun 21st, 2013
    You may recall that I made an enquiry about a PhD studentship back in May, and that I was a bit uncertain about how it would fit with my research interests. But after reading up on the research outline and taking the counsel of some very wise people I know, I decided that it was, in fact, an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. [more...]

    Scholarship hopes - May 31st, 2013
    I am losing hope. Bit by bit, moment by moment. It is a painful process because I fear that my continued loss of hope will inevitably mean that I have to abandon my dreams. [more...]

    To rule the world - May 5th, 2013
    My dream to rule the world began when I was a young child with much smaller aims. I can vividly recall the start of my dream: Whilst taking a cross-country road trip with my family, I noticed that there was a gap between the “Now Leaving [blank] State” and “Welcome to [blank] State” signs. [more...]

    Switching faculties - May 1st, 2013
    From the beginning of my university career, the goal has been to get my PhD. It was a no-brainer, really. I love school, I love studying, I love academics. I am fully in my element when I’m learning. [more...]

    Stumbles along the PhD path - Apr 23rd, 2013
    I have just learned that I was unsuccessful in my application for a full-tuition scholarship from the University of Glasgow. I am, to say the least, gutted. I had really wished and hoped that I would be able to waltz into my PhD without financial worries, but it seems that God thinks I’m stronger than that. [more...]

    The Edinburgh countdown - Apr 20th, 2013
    Five weeks from tomorrow, I will be running the Edinburgh Marathon. I am, to say the least, unprepared. But I’m not about to let a lack of training stop me from finishing. That would just be silly. Plus that, I owe it to my number benefactor to finish—and to finish strong! [more...]

    Searching for happiness? - Apr 2nd, 2013
    I read an interesting article today about happiness. Specifically, it outlined the one thing you should do to be happy, and that was to stop trying to be happy; to stop searching for happiness. [more...]

    A Wednesday ramble - Mar 27th, 2013
    I’m going to delve into a short(ish) stream of consciousness for a bit here, because there’s a lot on my mind that I’ve wanted to share, but I can’t really put it into a coherent form. At the same time, I have several people asking me how things are going with my visa and what my plans are for the summer. [more...]

    All about the money - Mar 6th, 2013
    Right now, my thoughts are all about money; lots and lots and lots of money. Not in a materialistic way, but in a practical way. I need to find £75,000 and I need to find it fast. Or, at the very least, I need to find £13,000 in the next few months. [more...]

    January in March - Mar 3rd, 2013
    I have finally managed to complete my first race of 2013 as part of my Race a Month Challenge. The race, the Buchlyvie 10K, was meant to take place on January 26 but was cancelled due to ice, so I’m still counting it as my January accomplishment. (I think that’s acceptable.) [more...]

    A challenging challenge - Feb 27th, 2013
    With February fast approaching her end, I am saddened to report that I have still not managed to run a race as part of my 2013 Race a Month Challenge. Not for a lack of trying, however, as my January race was cancelled due to ice and my February plans have all been scuppered due to on-going Forestry Commission work on my local Park Run’s route. [more...]

    Via, Veritas, Vita - Feb 26th, 2013
    Remember how I told you that I submitted my first PhD application? And that I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t get accepted? Well, that concern seems to have been unwarranted because I have been offered a place at the University of Glasgow, beginning this autumn. Oh yes, I have! [more...]

    A life I value - Feb 24th, 2013
    Yesterday’s post seems to have created some interesting—and unexpected—feedback, so I thought I’d take the time to talk about it some more. [more...]

    Choosing my own adventure - Feb 18th, 2013
    I’m not a big believer in predetermined destinies. I don’t believe that God has my entire life mapped out and that every little obstacle is a direct result of His work. Certainly, I believe in God and His son—my Saviour—Jesus Christ. [more...]

    Marathon madness - Feb 12th, 2013
    Two years ago, I decided to sign up for my ‘one and only’ marathon. And I ran that marathon and insisted I would never do one again. [more...]

    I am a cyborg: A personal reflection - Feb 11th, 2013
    To celebrate submitting my first PhD application yesterday, I thought I’d share with you my first writing assignment from my master’s programme. [more...]

    Submitted - Feb 10th, 2013
    Wow! I’ve just submitted an application for a PhD programme. That’s just crazy! I mean, I’m the girl who suffered years of speech therapy—and the mocking that goes along with having speech problems. [more...]

    Faith for February - Feb 1st, 2013
    When the New Year began, I wrote about my contemplation of giving into misery and hopelessness; of forgoing thoughts of joy and happiness. But, in the end, I resolved to continue hoping for a happier future. I even worked to ensure I started the year off on the right foot with a clear head and a clean flat. [more...]

    Another running failure - Jan 31st, 2013
    It would seem that I’m really struggling with my running goals these days because not only did I fail on my last two races of 2012, but my first race of 2013 didn’t happen either! Yep, the 2013 Buchlyvie 10K was called on account of ice. [more...]

    Dear Old Frances - Jan 29th, 2013
    I’ve just complete another one of the Brooklyn Art Library's collaborative art projects, Letters From Your Childhood, so here I am sharing it with you. Yay! [more...]

    Stepping toward the future - Jan 15th, 2013
    Today was a busy and productive day, despite having nothing tangible to show for it. Still, I’ve taken steps toward tomorrow and that makes me a bit happy—if not slightly nervous and uncertain. [more...]

    A happy me - Jan 5th, 2013
    I think that one of the things I struggle with is being happy with me. For a million little reasons, I’ve always found it difficult to be kind to myself; to take care of myself on a spiritual well-being level. [more...]

    Challenge 2013: A race a month - Jan 2nd, 2013
    I failed ever-so-slightly in my 2012 Race a Month Challenge, but I enjoyed it so much that I’m challenging myself to the same feat for 2013. It’s not really my resolution for the year—which is to continue hoping for good things—it’s more of a lifestyle choice. [more...]

    New year; new hopes - Jan 1st, 2013
    I like to start each year with a bright, fresh outlook; with a renewed hope for joy and happiness. But I must admit that I hadn’t planned to start 2013 that way. In fact, the post that I wrote over the past few days was one of despair. [more...]

    So long, 2012! - Dec 31st, 2012
    If I am honest, I would have to say that 2012 has been a pretty unhappy year. I think it’s been even worse because I had such high hopes for it; I suppose that hoping for happiness only served to set me up for greater disappointments. [more...]

    A successful failure - Dec 27th, 2012
    I suppose it’s time I acknowledge that my 2012 Race a Month Challenge wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped. However, I am still calling it a success because I truly did have the best of intentions. [more...]

    The master - Nov 23rd, 2012
    The day you’ve all been waiting for has arrived! Today is the day that I completed one of my life goals. Yes, today is the day that I graduated—with distinction!—from the University of Stirling with a Master of Letters in Media and Culture. [more...]

    New leaves - Nov 20th, 2012
    Graduation is on Friday and I’m really [dreading] looking forward to it. Oops, did you catch that error? [more...]

    The distinguished lady - Nov 16th, 2012
    You’ve slogged through post after post of me going on and on about my goal to earn my master’s degree. You’ve listened to me whine about how I had to write loads and loads of words for my dissertation. [more...]

    October: The missing month - Nov 14th, 2012
    I’ve thought long and hard about how to handle the month of October for my blog. You know, since I only posted twice before the site went down for essential maintenance. [more...]

    Three cheers for the cheerers - Oct 1st, 2012
    Well, that’s the Loch Ness Marathon done, and I am pleased to say that I improved my time over last year. The weather was pretty decent (could have been warmer for my liking) and the high I got from putting myself through the torture—and crossing the finish line!—was amazing. [more...]

    Heading to the start - Sep 29th, 2012
    In about 24 hours, I will be running my second marathon. I know I’d said I was only ever doing one, but I was kind of challenged (dared?) by a friend and I can’t resist a good challenge. [more...]

    Digital Diaries - Sep 25th, 2012
    To celebrate Social Media Week, I have decided to share a paper I wrote a few months ago about digital diaries and online identities. It was a difficult paper to write because I needed to balance sharing my ‘personal’ life with the academic side of the equation, but it was a good exercise. [more...]

    Forty-nine days - Sep 22nd, 2012
    My visa expires in 49 days. My employer is working on getting sponsorship approval for me so that I can apply for a new visa, but I don’t know if it will all happen before my current visa expires. I might be entitled to a two-month extension, giving me a bit of breathing room to apply for the work visa, but I’ve not heard back from the Home Office to confirm that. [more...]

    A bloody Stirling day - Sep 16th, 2012
    Today was fabulous—even as I sit here with aching muscles and feel completely wrecked. The day started off well, after a fantastic night’s sleep in my new bed, and even though it’s only early evening, I think it’s going to end pretty well, too. [more...]

    A step toward the future - Sep 4th, 2012
    I’m working on a big step toward a happier future. Well, I’m working on several big steps at the moment, but there’s only one that’s a certainty at this moment. [more...]

    A great run - Sep 2nd, 2012
    Today was Race Number Nine in my 2012 Race a Month Challenge and I’m pretty excited about it. It was the Great Scottish Run ½ Marathon in Glasgow (that’s 13.1 miles, if you wondered) and I finished under goal time! [more...]

    A 10K and a curry - Aug 25th, 2012
    Today was the Drymen 10K in, well, Drymen, Scotland. It was also race Number 8 in my 2012 Race a Month Challenge. It was also my first time out with my friend, David, who will be starting the Loch Ness Marathon with me this year. (I say starting with me, because I’m quite certain he’ll finish well before me!) [more...]

    That dissertation? Done. - Aug 20th, 2012
    First, an apology for my absence the last week. I’ve had some Website glitches and had to enlist the help of some amazing friends who are fluent in Web Geek (I am merely conversational at best). Anyhow, the site is still under observation and I may be absent again—but I will tell you all about that later. [more...]

    A year later - Aug 12th, 2012
    Today marks one year since I hit the reset button on my future. Yes, it’s been one year since I moved back to my beautiful, beloved Scotland. [more...]

    (K)impossible - Aug 2nd, 2012
    This is Kim. Kim Possible, to use her full name. She began her life as a McDonald’s Happy Meal toy way back in 2003 and has been serving as my office power back-up since August 2004. [more...]

    Dissertation month update; Part 5 - Jul 24th, 2012
    Wow. I guess that’s Dissertation Month pretty much over. I mean, I know it’s not been a full calendar month, but the month’s main project—completing my full draft to turn in for my supervisor’s review—has been completed. [more...]

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