Monthly Archives: April 2015

True Life: The Struggle is Real

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I’ve been dragged through the mud, put through the ringer, dismantled and put back together again. I am a hollow shell of my former self – like humpty dumpty.

But, I am finally starting to put the pieces back together after the exhausting journey of passing my NCCAOM board exams for licensure.

I have not written a blog in months because I have been feverishly studying for boards. And now I am so close to licensure I can taste it! It’s just a matter of paperwork and I will soon receive my license saying, “Danielle Dupell – licensed acupuncturist!”

I now describe this time like a rebound effect – being in sympathetic overload for months, years even, just to be throttled into a parasympathetic hangover. I would describe this hangover as an overwhelming need to be in bed and asleep for as many hours of the day as possible. Senioritis has taken on a whole new meaning.

I need to step back. I need to regroup. Luckily there are just a few short weeks left until the next semester break. I am so proud of myself and happy that I’ve come this far, but I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to a semester break like I am now.

Although no one ever told me becoming a licensed acupuncturist would be so hard, I have learned so much about myself along the way. All the struggle, all the strife comes down to these moments.

Cheers to being so close to a dream come true!

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