4 Weeks ‘Till Graduation and the Art of the Pre-Vacation


Technically I have 4 weeks of school until I graduate. But the vacation state of mind starts now!

Post-graduation time isn’t really a vacation. It is the start of the next chapter of my career and life. There is a bureaucratic loophole for all of us students which I intend to apply full therapeutic advantage to: it takes about 3 months for our license to practice acupuncture and East Asian medicine to be issued. I am going on 2 actual vacations during that time, so starting a part-time job isn’t feasible. It has been declared by every ounce of my spirit to be a vacation.

A vacation

           a retreat

a convalescence

                                     …a time to rebuild after the demands of a 40 – 65 hour a school week (not counting studying) for the past 3 years with no big breaks (there, I’m done whining).

I don’t want to  have unreal expectations. Rob, the ever-wise husband that he is, cautions me against saying everything will be better after I graduate. Life continues, nothing’s ever over and stress never stops. Yet my peers and I know that things are going to be different. For one, no more board exams, or any exams, for that matter!

Yet the are definite things I can invest in to achieve my goals of recuperation:

1. Take my herbs, nourish with food, get regular acupuncture and body work
2. Exercise
3. Meditate, relax and sleep
4. Explore my neighborhood, city, state
5. Express my creative voice
6. Build my nest
7. Garden
8. Keep in touch with family and friends


These are things I am doing NOW because I value them, because they nurture me. The make me whole. I cannot wait until graduation to take good care.

As the weeks go on, I’d like to explore these self-care activities as a way to honor their intrinsic values. For now I leave you with a photo which represents a few of these: gardening (that’s a small but yummy chamomile harvest), taking herbs and relaxing (that chamomile sure makes a calming cup of hot tea!), and expressing creativity (the first time I shot in low light with a timer). It all adds up, my friends.



What do you do to hold that ‘vacation state of mind’ whether or not you are on vacation?



About Celia

I live in Portland, OR in a orange stucco apartment building surrounded by wild gardens. I love plants, yoga, going for walks, the Oregon wilderness, photography, gardening, herbal tea and creating. My Etsy shop is KyraBotanica, where I sell handmade herbal tea and natural body care products and fragrances.

3 thoughts on “4 Weeks ‘Till Graduation and the Art of the Pre-Vacation

  1. I totally understand the feeling of being ready for the next step. It was a relief to finish with my graduate program, and the biggest difference was that I didn’t have any more homework or deadlines. Life is still busy and can still have stress, but works ends when I come home and having evenings free for other things is awesome.

    1. < << Life is still busy and can still have stress, but works ends when I come home and having evenings free for other things is awesome.>>>

      Yes! That is what I am looking forward to.

      Thanks :)

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