See that little word on the right under "status"? Ahhhh! (I still get excited looking at it!) I passed the most intimidating exam of my life, and I'm officially a Board Certified Behavior Analyst! I am absolutely over the moon excited; I honestly didn't stop smiling for about three days straight. I found out about 9pm last Tuesday night that the results had posted, and I have honestly never had such intense anxiety in my life. When I logged in and saw the results, I couldn't even talk--I just wordlessly handed my husband the phone. Then I opened a bottle of wine and a box of truffles!
We didn't have much time to celebrate since it was already after 9 at night--and let's be honest, I read the results from my bed--but we made plans to go out the next day. We tried a new (to us) restaurant, Unforked, which we loved (they even have a lavender lemonade fresca--my heart!).
And of course I had to reward all my hard work with some Lush, Ryan Adams on vinyl, and a book that's been on my wishlist for ages. I wouldn't be a good BCBA if I didn't reinforce my good behavior, right? ;)
I had planned on taking a break from academics for awhile and just focusing on creative projects this year, but a former (favorite) professor of mine just asked me if I would be interested in co-authoring a research article with him, and the research he's doing is super interesting. So it looks like I'm jumping back into academics after all! Creative projects will still be a huge priority for me in 2016, though, and I'm looking forward to sharing those and growing more as a person and a creative. Thanks for celebrating with me friends!