My CPE (clinical pastoral education) unit officially starts today! In the next five months, I will do 300 clinical hours at hospice and 100 educational hours. That's about 16 hours of volunteering a week, plus seminar and study time. Already this week I have two papers due. But I realized last night that I haven't forgotten the format of a footnote in the 15+ years since my dissertation! Nor have I forgotten academic anxiety and stress, unfortunately. And I've never been a student or a worker while caring for a family. I know so many people do this--and more--but it's going to take some getting used to after more than a decade as a stay-at-home mom. Still, I know it's a challenge I'm (and we're) up for. And I'm not forgetting down time to recharge. In fact, meditating everyday is part of the learning goals I have to submit in a week.
So, here I go! Time to shower and be off.