[OFFICIAL BLOG LAUNCH SLATED FOR: November 21, 2011]
Fledg-ling noun, often attributive \ˈflej-liŋ\
- A young bird just fledged
- An immature or inexperienced person
- One that is new <a fledgling company>
Blossoming: from blossom
Blossom verb \ˈblä-səm\
1 a: to come into one’s own: DEVELOP <a blossoming talent>
b: to become evident
c. to make an appearance
Please visit the About page for an introduction to the blog and please visit other pages at this blog for resources and discussions or to add content to the discussion yourself!
Below is the official first post!
May something therein be a blessing to you!
What Is the Way Forward from Here toward Developing a Writer’s Mindset While at the Same Time Being a Student of Writing?
Given this blog’s purpose as explained in the About page, I’d say that reflecting on and responding to the questions/prompts below is just as good a place to start as any.
- At the moment, where am I in this thesis/dissertation/article journey? Where is my next destination? Do I believe I can get there? Why?
- My researcher motto, mantra, and identity are (or would be if I had them), the following: ___________________________________.
- I have ways to still give my best, even when I’m a bit in the dark on things. My strategies for this include: ____________________________.
- I stay at peace despite the fact that the pathway is so winding. Here’s the wisdom I’ve gleaned about that: _________________________.
Please provide your reflections/answers in the comments section below. Our collective responses should be amazing! Thank you in advance for your contribution. Your participation is greatly appreciated and just might bless someone!!! : D
If you are pressed for time, then I’ll see you NEXT post. May the rest of your day be as you need, and thanks for stopping by the blog!
However . . .
If you have a moment to reflect on the Bird-In-Paradise flower and how that’s a perfect symbolization of our identity as blossoming fledgling researchers and thus of this blog’s title and purpose, please read on. I hope you’ll find this metaphor and concept encouraging! My reflections on this are longish, so I’ll break those thoughts up into three posts.
In Thinking about the Aptness of the Bird-in-Paradise Flower: It Couldn’t Be More Perfect!!!
I don’t know about you, but I have seriously struggled at times trying to do this thing we call researching. I’ve been really lost and sad at times in this whole “becoming/being-a-researcher” process. I am just now viewing myself as a researcher, and I’ve been in graduate school trying to complete my thesis for a while now (my cohort will tell you!).
Today and moving forward my stance is this: Not ONE MORE TIME will I beat myself up or count myself out or apologize to self or others for being a work in progress regarding this research journey. And I’m done “sitting” on helpful information that would support fellow budding researchers.
I announce to the universe that YES, it’s been a SERIOUS challenge at times, but I am no longer succumbing to the “it’s-taking-me-longer-than-it-should-so-something’s-wrong” syndrome. I’m fledgling. I’m blossoming. Both at the same time. And it’s okay.
Anybody out there feel me on this?
Everyone who is in a similar boat, let’s take the stance, and then let’s just take a deep breath and say a big “wooo saaaa” together.
Woooo saaaa! (Do you feel better? I feel better already!)
Since we are NOT beating ourselves up, what are we doing instead?
While you’ll have to find what works for you, what’s working for me is to understand that my identity is that of the bird-in-paradise flower. How did I come to that conclusion? Well, one definition of fledgling is a young bird. So I googled “bird and flower,” hoping to find a signature icon for this bog. When my eye landed on the bird-in-paradise flower, I thought to myself: “This flower . . . is a bird . . . and a flower . . . and lives in Paradise? Well, I’ll be! That is the message! That is the message that I have personally needed all along.”
Here’s what I took from that search experience of finding that image:
Make PEACE with being a fledgling bird. It’s just the way it goes. Besides!: Birds can fly! That’s gotta encourage. You’ll get your wings, and when you do, I’m sure you and your research will take off. But in the meanwhile, during the struggles and down times, don’t deny that you are a flower: You are a blossom, and you blossom at times. You can’t discount that because you are fledgling and will struggle. Make peace with your “both-and” fledgling-blossoming status, and this is how you maintain your residence in Paradise.
I’m absolutely LOVING the Bird-in-Paradise flower! Inspired I am!
A Major Truth
I’m only in a better place academic-self-efficacy-wise right now because I’m starting to experience the effects of acclimating to my discipline’s discourse. And that just simply took me a while. That process just does. The pathway is not linear, and that is a challenging thing for my math-y mind and sometimes my ego to deal with!
Please check Part 2 of this post for a continuation. There is good news to all of this! It’s just a matter of stepping back and gaining perspective. And then aligning ourselves with folks who can help us regain perspective when we lose it.
Speak Your Mind!
So what say you? Once again: (1) How do you feel about the researcher’s journey? (2) What would YOUR researcher motto, mantra, and identity be? (3) What are ways you still give it your best when you are a bit in the dark on things? (4) As a blossoming-fledgling researcher — a bird-in-paradise FLOWER, how do you maintain “residency”?
Well! Thank you so much for visiting and supporting what I hope will be an encouraging, collaborative endeavor if all of us chime in periodically to share our hard-won know-how and wisdom.
Looking forward to your contributions, comments, alternative ideas, musings, links, encouragement, and camaraderie!
Please check out Part 2 of this series of posts. Simply click the “Next” link (possibly a few times needed) at the very top of this post. See you there! . . .