Well, tonight I told that I plan to leave at the end of May to start at Hamline. She was really very supportive. I figured she would be a good person to talk to, because she went through the same career change, though in reverse and in her 40’s. She totally understood, was happy for me, and generally just positive. I wouldn’t have told her this early, but we have a serious budget situation at . Talks include re-staffing at the church and it seemed pertinent to the conversations the budget group was having.
was going to tell , but probably no one else, so it’s still not public knowledge until the end of April. Still, it feels really good to have told, and quite freeing.
I know my life is going to change fairly drastically in the next few years, especially in June. Ending one job won’t free up any time – in fact, I’ll probably be busier, depending on the classes I take. But it’s taken me so long to get to this point, where I really know what the next step is and feel good about it. Grad school is going to be hard work, but the end result will be worth it. There are a lot of details to work out still, especially how all the financing will come about, but I’m really looking forward to the challenge of it all.
A huge thanks to all of my friends who have been so supportive of me throughout this. and have been great. My older friends, though (and by that, I mean the ones I’ve had for a longer time, since at least college), have been a tremendous source of support. I know that I haven’t really talked this through with most of them, but I know that they’re all supportive. and , though, have been the best. They’ve both really held my hand through this whole time. has given me great advice, especially that I should do a job shadow (Friday’s going to be great, and so informational!). And has been great just to talk to and be able to share thoughts and fears and just able to really express myself.
Anyways, a huge thanks to everyone who’s helped me out, and who will continue to be with me and support me as I continue on this journey.