Happy New Year! It’s 2018 and according to my new favorite app, I have 110 days until I take the NPTE. In non-PT-student terms that’s the National Physical Therapy Exam a.k.a. “the boards.” *Cues dramatic intimidating music.* Today is Friday January 5th a.k.a. the first day of my 4-month study program for the boards.
Am I nervous? anxious? terrified? Yes, yes, and yes. But, luckily I have my blog as my outlet for the next 4 months to get out of my own head when I need to. With that being said, I’ve decided to go bi-weekly with my blog posts until the boards are said and done just so that I can pour all of my focus into the adequate places. Between now and April the focus of my blog will be about my journey in studying…and passing!
I wanted to begin 2018 with a clean slate, I think I was pretty successful since on January 1st I didn’t get out of my PJs all day. These next four months won’t be easy and I know that so I figured I should at least let myself start out with as little stress as possible. So, in the last weeks of December I was sure to cross off as many things as possible so that I’d have that clean slate feeling. I also printed four blank calendars and filled in my study goals for each day up until the exam, and I included break days! I’m such an organizer freak, having this all laid out for me gives me such peace of mind; thus a clean slate.
Even if I weren’t taking the boards this year, I would want to give my mind that same clean slate mentality. I know it’s corny but a new year always feels like a fresh start for me. I say take advantage of anything in life that looks like a “start line” to you. What do you do before a race? You train, you eat well, you ensure you get good sleep, you lift yourself up with motivation, you study people you admire in that same field. Then on race day you’re ready for the start line and focused on the W. Well, 2018 was my “start line” and I am running a few races this year! I don’t mean that you should race through life, in fact I’ve been wishing it would slow down, but I do believe you should mark “start lines” in the months laid ahead of you so that you have goals of when you’ll collect yourself and build yet another “clean slate.”
Right after I hit “publish” I’ll go to the kitchen grab a tall glass of water and open my Scorebuilders NPTE book for the first time. It sounds silly, because I’m sure I don’t know every single one of you reading this, but I feel like if you are reading this you’re rooting for me and that truly motivates me. So THANK YOU for sticking with me into 2018 and respecting the time I took off to polish my clean slate. I promise, I am going to have some great stories to share in 2018, it’s a big year for me.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!