life tales

making progress

30 October, 2016

Well, it seems as though I have made more progress in the past week than in the past month – and it feels good. A while ago I mentioned that I have been waiting for some really important things to be followed up, which had temporarily stalled a few projects. Of course, in true life fashion, everything has hit all at once. But in a strange way, I couldn’t be more relieved. After all, there is only so much banana bread a girl can make while waiting for emails to be followed up. 

So what has been happening? Well, firstly, I submitted my last assignment for my final course, as well as presenting a group assignment on the same day. Although group work is normally synonymous with collaborative torture, I honestly had the most amazing partner who made the process not only incredibly easy but even enjoyable (you know you are working with someone special when they have their own colour A3 printer). So now I only have a final exam left for this subject and I am done. 

I also collected the data for my thesis last week. Over the past few years, I have had more and more exposure to working with qualitative data (interviews, focus groups etc.). Excuse my total geek moment here – but this was the first time that I had done everything myself; from creating a discussion guide, running a focus group, transcribing the recording and analyzing and writing up the data. So I am probably more excited about it than I should be. 

A few days of (mostly) uninterrupted writing (the GC600 V8 car race and jet flyby was a little loud to ignore), and I have even managed to get the majority of the methods, results, and outcome measures written.


Whilst I still have a fair bit of writing to do, for the first time all year, the end is in sight. Given that the draft is currently 110 pages and 27,000 words total plus, I am somewhat curious (albeit, a little apprehensive) to see what the final result will end up at. It’s going to be fun editing. Not. 

In amongst all of this thesis enjoyment, I have also written and submitted a research proposal to do a Ph.D. next year in positive psychology and resilience. After months of emails, phone calls, and skype meetings with researchers all over the world, to finally have a supervisor and project lined up, as well as having completed the admissions and scholarship applications feels pretty surreal. Whilst it’s hard to know if everything will be accepted, and actually getting in would mean some massive life changes ahead, even just getting to this point feels like a massive achievement. 

With 5 weeks left of practicum placement, 6 weeks left of my Masters, and 8 weeks until Christmas (who else is as excited about Christmas as I am?), I feel as though if I blink, I could miss the whole thing. I have even started to make plans for what I will do on my holidays (a trip to Sydney, making a gingerbread house, girls nights with friends, random adventures…). Plus, I have decided that when I finish, I am going to learn to horse ride (last time I graduated I decided to learn to paint – so strange post-uni skill learning crises seem to be a coping mechanism). 

xx Liz 


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  • Reply JC 31 October, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Supergirl!!! Well done Lizzie, you are so close and have achieved so much since we started talking about your Masters at Bond only this time last year….. so proud of your success and game plan, you are such an inspiration!

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 2 November, 2016 at 7:21 am

      Thank you so much for your support and for inspiring me more than you could possibly know. I am following in some very big footsteps. xx

  • Reply Claire at My Pink & Green Life 31 October, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Congratulations on being SO close to being done! πŸ™‚ That must feel amazing. I am very excited for Christmas, too! I have three weeks of my term left until winter break and I know that time will just fly!

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 2 November, 2016 at 7:19 am

      Thank you so much Claire! That time will fly. Will it snow over Christmas where you are?

      • Reply Claire at My Pink & Green Life 4 November, 2016 at 11:55 pm

        Hopefully! It usually does. It is weirdly warm here for November right now (still in the 50s/60s, usually in the 30s/40s by this time) but we’ve still got a while. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law 1 November, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    I am super super super excited for Christmas – I am someone who could celebrate Christmas all day every day πŸ˜›

    How exciting that the end is so near! How amazing is that painting?! You are so clever!

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 2 November, 2016 at 7:18 am

      Kristy, I am the same as you! If I come to Sydney before Christmas – I look forward to sharing in some of your Christmas spirit.
      Thank you. xx

  • Reply Lisa 3 November, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Liz, wow!! So glad to have updated myself on what is going you. I have missed reading your posts while I was in hiding! Almost finished with your Masters and now a PhD application underway – congratulations! You are truly amazing. Glad to hear you will get some down time over Christmas, though, as you’ve evidently been incredibly busy. Gingerbread house making sounds great. I remember making them at high school in German class at the end of Term 4 every year. Mine were never very attractive but it was so much fun πŸ™‚ I’m also trying to imagine what a 27000 word draft would look like (I’m imagining something like War and Peace? Haha!). Hope you enjoy these last couple of months Liz! PS. I really want a friend with an A3 colour printer now! πŸ˜›

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 3 November, 2016 at 9:31 am

      I am so happy you’re back.
      Thank you so much. I am looking forward to a proper break without having to think about a thesis or scholarships applications.
      We never made Gingerbread houses at school – but around Christmas time my German teacher would bring in all sorts of German Christmas treats. Ah, the Germans do Christmas so well.
      It’s a pretty scary looking document, and is only getting bigger and more frightening!
      I think you definitely need to find a friend with an A3 colour printer… think of all of the wedding craft you could create with that?!

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