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The cat is out of the bag

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Back in January, I was talking about reflection and direction, about goals (AKA resolutions) and about soul searching.  At that point, I had outlined these 3 broad goals:

~Turn our house into the home we’ve been dreaming of by prioritizing home improvement projects.
~Sacrifice quantity for quality in everything that I do.
~Define my dream for the future and work towards implementing it.

Many people know about the home improvement projects.  I’ve discussed them here quite a bit.  Those are ongoing, and I must say, are moving along nicely.

The sacrificing quantity for quality…that’s a tough one, but also ongoing.

That brings us to the 3rd goal.  As it’s written, it sounds incredibly vague and open-ended.  Truth be told, I had already started working on that one when I wrote it.  Now, I’m happy to say that the dream is definitely defined and I am in the process of implementing it.  I haven’t discussed the details here at all just because I didn’t want it to accidentally slip out.  Sure, the likelyhood that someone from work would stumble upon my blog is pretty low…but it was not out of the question.  So, now that my boss knows and all the people who should hear it directly from me (or who would expect to) have been informed, the cat is officially out of the bag.  In 6 weeks, I will be leaving my job of almost 9 years.  Why?  Because it is time for a fresh start.  I’ve been looking, albeit halfheartedly, for the next thing for quite some time.  Several times over the past couple of years I have hit lows with this job.  I have wanted a break.  I knew it was time for something new, but it wasn’t until this year that I knew what that something was.

I have enjoyed my career as a chemist, but I must admit that I stumbled into it in a very odd way.  The decision to switch to a chemistry major in college was a very spontaneous one.  I didn’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about what I wanted to do with my life.  Now, 15 years later, I have revisited the idea of what I want to do with my life.  And, it is through my life experiences that I have come to know of this career direction.  I don’t think I ever would have chosen this even if I had done serious soul searching back then.  This fall I will be taking a couple of classes that will prepare me for a program that I will be applying to, and hope to begin the following fall.  By doing so, I will get a bit of a break.  I will get to spend more time with the kids, even volunteer in Anna’s kindergarten classroom.  Sure, going back to school will be challenging, but I feel up for the challenge at this point.

So, what is it that I’m going to be doing?  Do you really want to know??  OK…I’ll tell now.   I will be pursuing a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy.  Over these past few months with Tommy, I have not only been exposed to the field, but have also gotten to see the impact it has on the lives of others.  The ability to have that impact on someone else’s life is what I’ve been missing lately.  I want to work with children.  I want to help them overcome obstacles.  I want to make a difference.

So, 6 weeks from today I will begin a new chapter of my life.

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Reflection and direction

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Yes, here I am talking about resolutions again.  Actually, I’m going to call them goals.  Like I said the other day, I’m not typically one for resolutions, but this year I’m really feeling compelled to turn over a new leaf.  I have stumbled upon many seeds for contemplation over the past few weeks.  I have done a lot of reflecting and soul searching.  I would love to blog about some of this reflection and about how I got to where I am with these goals, but that’s for another time. 

My goals for this year:

~Turn our house into the home we’ve been dreaming of by prioritizing home improvement projects.
~Sacrifice quantity for quality in everything that I do.
~Define my dream for the future and work towards implementing it.

Sure sounds like I’m going to have a busy year.  🙂

The year ahead

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I’m not normally one for New Year’s resolutions, but I must admit that I have spent a significant amount of time contemplating the year ahead.  We have things that we have chosen to tackle this year.  We also have a number of things that need to be addressed, that need some resolution.

Those things that need resolution, they’ll be…well…they’ll creep up in due time and we’ll just have to roll with the punches.  That’s just how life is.  (I’m sure I’ll get around to talking about those things as they come up.)  We’re largely a roll with the punches, live life by the seat of our pants kind of family.  It works for us…or so we thought.

Late last year, I gave a lot of thought to where we’re headed, as a family.  I thought about all the dreams that Aaron and I have for our home, for our kids, and for us.  It hit me that many of these things will never come to be as we envision them if we don’t start making preparations.  Today marks 6 years since we moved into this house (and bought our van).  In that time, we’ve painted a handful of rooms and filled a few with new furniture.  We’ve hung some pictures on the walls and replaced a few appliances.  We’ve talked about all sorts of things we’d like to do “someday”, but never really gave much thought to their execution…until now.  This is the year that we’re going to make things happen.  We have come to the realization that we just have to take the bull by the horns and start making things happen.

First up, converting our house to a true 4 bedroom home by converting the loft to a bedroom.  Along with this, we’ll be tearing up all the upstairs carpeting and replacing it with laminate flooring.  Once this room is complete, it will need a coat of paint (probably pink) and some window treatments and it will be Anna’s new bedroom.  Once she’s settled there, then her old room will get the new flooring and Tommy will move in.  No paint needed there, as the blue paint already coordinates with his shark/ocean theme. 

Of course, this isn’t all as easy as it sounds.

The loft is currently Aaron’s “office”.  No, it is not needed for daily business, but it can’t exactly be packed up for months.  It will need a temporary home until Tommy is out of his room, and even then I’m not sure what its ultimate destination is.  Realistically, I would like to move the kids “playroom” upstairs and Aaron’s office downstairs.  This requires a bit more work though.  The plan here is to have the rather large sliding glass door in the current “playroom” (designated by the builder as a sunroom) replaced by a window and a regular door.  Once this is done, I’m not sure if we’ll be able to keep the tile that is in that room right now, or if it will have to be replaced right away.  There are many unanswered questions here.

There’s also painting the living room and adjoining dining room, which will probably spill over into the foyer and up into the upstairs hall.  The vaulted ceilings will probably require us to hire someone for this.