After three years of work and a completed dissertation, what changed after my degree? For others in my cohort, they have changed jobs, left jobs, moved locations, and then some, like me, have not done anything new. In a way, it has been frustrating for me because I feel like I am trying to move forward, but I am also trying to stay true to my mo’o worthy philosophy, so change, not for change sake, but for a journey that is worth taking.
As January approaches, and I am looking at 6 months of standing still, it just takes a little bit of reflection and a little bit of scrolling through my iPhoto to realize that in fact I have not been standing still. After my doctorate, and after my large AHA at the dissertation conference, I have found willing audiences to listen to my story of an authentic dissertation using the mo’o model.
In the week after our graduation ceremony, I wrote an abstract on the mo’o dissertation model to three conferences with the hopes of going to one. Instead, I got accepted to all three. The first one was the Pacific Circle Consortium in October in Sydney. I went alone and because it was a busy time at work, I didn’t stay long, but I did have one day before my evening flight home to walk across the Sydney Harbor bridge and spend the day exploring the harbor.
April is the AERA conference where 13,000 proposals were sent in. I am going with a group of women, some who I know, some who I don’t and none that I work with, to be on a panel. Finally in July, I will be in New Zealand at Waikato University.
I am doing things that are uncomfortable for me. I am facing situations that I am afraid of. I continue to ask myself “why am I doing this?” but I do it anyway. So yes, perhaps nothing on the outside has really changed after my doctorate, but I am taking large faith leaps and in the process, I am learning to dance.