I took my first steps in research today!! I went into the classroom (I was a little nervous I won’t lie) and requested participants for my study. I remember thinking as I was walking over to the classroom…breath, think, pause, don’t talk too fast or to slow, make sure to look around! Yup! All these thoughts were going through my head! And it did not help I was going on short breaks from work so I needless to say I was running all over today! It was a bit insane. However, now that I did it (and THANKFULLY I did get some participants) I am excited!
Moving forward part of my mind keeps thinking of all the “what ifs” that might happen but then again that is part of learning how to research too. At this point I believe research is a process…a process that runs smoother after you have some experience in doing it. As for me, this is my first research project involving human subjects…it will be an interesting ride!!!
However, I know that no matter what happens with my research, I have to balance conducting research against doing my normal/regular homework, balance working at my job, and of course my home life. It makes me even more aware of the fact that I must be careful and rest! My note to self today is to rest! I think I will actually write that word in big letters above my desk! So that when I stop and look up, I remember that it is critical with my RA/Lupus and Fibro to REST! 🙂