Meet my CFF. It stands for Critical Friends Forever.
It's not what you think.
We were told in our doctoral work to find someone who is a good friend who can tell you when you are wrong, critique you, listen to your ideas, help you when needed, and be the counter point of view if necessary.
Here's one of mine.
She is brilliant, a newly married 20 something doctoral student and teacher and is great at listening. We are statistics study buddies and have our nervous breakdowns on alternating days so we can support each other.
You've gotta have a CFF to get through this kind of journey. Thanks Alayne!