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.