Friday, June 11, 2010

Life > Studying

As most of you know, I have been studying and sitting for the CPA exam for a long time now and my LAST section is July 3rd at 9:00 am. I started studying for Audit after tax season ended and have been at it every since. But life got pretty busy. I had planned to use weekend as big chunks of study time and then proceeded to not have a single free weekend until last weekend (6/4). We either went out of town or had people in town every weekend for a month and a half. The good news is June is free as a bird now and I'm trying to keep it that way. I have managed to stay on track with studying pretty well...until this week. Here's how it went down.

Monday-had a Disciples Womens leadership team meeting after work that went longer than I expected but it was a great meeting. After that I intended to go home and study a bit but called my husband and said "Let's go on a date", to which he replied "I was thinking the same thing." It had been a busy Sunday and Monday, we felt disconnected, and needed to catch up and just talk. I filled him in on my day and what was going on with my huge client and he filled me in on his search for the perfect (yet affordable) motorcycle. It was much better that evening for me to spend time with my husband and take advantage of the amazing steak dinner deal for two at Logan's Roadhouse than it was for me to study.

Tuesday-all day while at work I debated skipping Calendar Girls dinner, since I didn't study the night before and had the following two evenings booked with church stuff too. I wanted to see Dayna's new house and I wanted the fellowship but I also didn't want to get further behind. Then I had the following gchat conversation with my wonderful husband:

Trento: hey babe
me: hi i can't decide about calendar girls
Trento: :(
me: i've had a ridiculous day. and I need to study but i want to see dayna's new house. and Riley
Trento: I say go, I think the fellowship will be worth more than the few hours of studying
me: but that's what i did last night....
Trento: If you've had a ridiculous day, that's exactly the reason you should go

So I went. There was more to the conversation of course and Trent conveyed his concern that I am getting burnt out between work, studying and the rest of our busy life. I went. And I was glad I did. The food and fellowship was just what I needed and I came home resfreshed and crashed into bed for a good night's sleep.

Wednesday-I really wanted to go to the youth group barge party, but it was canceled due to torrential rain so that was my chance to get some studying in. I tried really hard but it was a ridiculous chapter and I didn't get through it all.

Thursday-By the time Thursday Grace group dinner came around, I had learned my lesson. All day there was no question in my mind about skipping. I needed the end of the week pick-me-up, I needed the conversation and laughter. And you know what? I got that ridiculous chapter finished before Grace and read about half of the next chapter afterwards!

The moral of this story? Sometimes right now while my life = studying, life needs to be > studying. Therefore, a roadtrip with my husband to Ft. Worth this afternoon to pick up his new motorcycle > studying. But this weekend, my nose is gonna be burried in my books!!

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