|Abstract||This article is an answer to my central questions of my doctoral research: Why do I do things the way I do? What has enabled me to meet, face and resolve the challenges that I have come across in life? (Gumede, 2011) The paper aims to give hope to prospective researchers who are struggling with research. The message it aims to impart is that life after completing my research project opened my mind and opportunities in life. Demirbag (2015) refers to this realization as: "Gifts of the Doctoral Process" ...a journey of self-discovery. The opportunity to reflect on my journey in research is emotionally and rationally rewarding. It has also given me the opportunity to improve my thinking and writing skills.
This paper is a reflection, after action, and looks at the benefits of doing research through a process of reflective thinking, a part of a critical thinking process referring specifically to the process of analyzing and making judgments about what has happened. This article presents reflective thinking about the value of my completed doctoral research through an abstract, an introduction, Brown and McNiff's questions, my thesis' conclusion, my learner-educator viewpoints and a conclusion to reflect on what I have done in my research and looking at the gifts of doctoral research writing.