Oh hey, why yes it was Christmas yesterday and most are probably still basking in the post-holiday glow... But there is no rest for the dedicated CFA candidate... Yes, friends, studying starts today (sob). I have tried to live in the 'now' during the month of December and not fixate on the fact that I would start studying today. I was marginally successful at doing this as I had lots of fun things to distract me. But I would be lying if I didn't admit that I have been filled with a sense of dread... because that is how I have felt for the last week.
I just hate the thought of saying good bye to so much free time. Gone are the leisurely evenings spent working out, cooking dinner, and reading. Instead work outs will be hastily fit in and I will spend 15-20 hours each week at my dining room table. And there will undoubtedly be tears and feelings of self-doubt and isolation and days where I think "how will I ever pass?"
But pass, I will. This is it. This is the final level. I just have to get through this test and I will be free. Luckily my boyfriend is also taking level III so he'll totally know what I am going through and will also be busy studying (albeit not quite as many hours, we have different approaches to test prep).
So if I am quiet around these parts over the next 23 weeks, it's because I'll be studying away, trying to cram all the information from these books into my brain.
Level III, let's do this.