Yesterday morning I met via zoom with my dissertation committee to present my PowerPoint defense of my first three chapters or my proposal. It went well. I passed. Here it is saved in a pdf format. Proposal defense for blog June 4 2020 Now I need to get the IRB approval using the “Collecting Data From Self” form. I’ll sit with the question, “How do I know what I know”? and will talk to others about the what ifs while maintaining the mystery of my research topic. I’m looking forward to these next steps. I’ll use my own experiences with mindfulness as I move forward and continue to explore spirituality, marathoner flow, athletic identity and athletic injury as I continue to train for my next marathon. Integrating the mental work I’ve researched with my own physical training will be an exciting next step.