To get here I passed through Spokane, Washington and many cities in Montana on I-90. Have you ever been to Wyoming? Montana? If I had one thing to say it is that the mountains just go on and on and on. Sometimes they're close, sometimes I'm in them (gripping my steering wheel), and sometimes they're far away.
Besides scenery, what have I found? On the route I've visited around half-dozen acupuncturists and in terms of career I've also met with a doctor, administrator, massage therapist and even a park ranger who had great information to share on choice of location. I've seen growing economies, and seen other places where people will travel up to two hours each way to get oriental medicine care. There are really exciting ways that acupuncturists are living as involved community members bringing positive change in serving as board members and starting non-profits.
There's so much need for acupuncture and practical health care that I heard about the massage therapist in a supermarket parking lot in northern Wyoming in a town of 1800 people. Within a few minutes I was in her office chatting about serving the community with her profession and how to know a well-qualified acupuncturist (there's no state license yet in Wyoming).
For me it helps so much to be seeing these things first hand, the practitioners, the local people, and the landscape.
Next stop: Black Hills.
Graduation was last Friday, August 30th.
I really went for the gold in choosing an additional two years of school in order to earn a Doctor degree. Just a couple more small tasks and my diploma will be prepared for me!
Because the doctoral program is largely based on independent projects, what helped me complete all my work? It was largely my mindset, habits and ability to take action. Last winter some of my long-term projects were motivated with the desire to be finished with the projects by graduation day. From that feeling I would become enthusiastic and propelled to continue my writing for longer hours. It was my internal state that led to my achievement. If you keep this in mind, you too can be successful in any endeavor you choose.
For graduation my family came to town and we celebrated for a week. I captured this photograph of myself with the peak of Mt. Hood from behind the Timberline Lodge. See that road in the picture? I'll soon be on a road trip and I'll keep you informed with my blog and newsletter postcards.
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