Sometimes I have low self-esteem and self-doubt. I get anxiety. I give up. I procrastinate. I cry. I lose sleep. I have melt downs. 

And then, I get all my work done, overcoming all of my fears...proving time and time again that I can do this. I can do anything. 

Right now, I am on the journey to getting my doctorate. Which means more than just 3 letters: It’s learning how to think on a higher conscious level. I am learning how to ask questions. How to see and listen critically, so I can write like a scientist. I am learning how to read like a historian who allows literature to debate. I am learning greater methods of supporting my students and my peers. I am strengthening my organizational strategies.

I’m no longer terrified of this journey. I have no reason to be afraid. My focus is on the forest beyond the trees. Even if I find myself afraid, I can come back to these words and remember that I am learning. No one expects me to know everything.