Catching up on the weekend?
I wanted something simple yet hearty for breakfast. I love shredded wheat!
One serving isnâ€™t going to cut it with my activity level, so I had about 1.5.
And I topped it with a bunch of blackberries and 1/2 a banana. Plus almond milk and OJ.
Everything Changes Part II
In September, I laid out three confessions to the blog world.
- I had just received a book deal for Operation Beautiful.
- I had been secretly attending night classes at community college for a few months in hoping of becoming a physical therapist.
- I was quitting my full-time job as an urban planner to write the book.
It was a BIG announcement! It felt good to lay it all out there. I was still taking two classes at night, and it was nice to be able to say what I was truly doing in the afternoons (I had to hide it from my employer).
Once I confessed that I had been hoping to make a career change and become a physical therapist, things really started to happen with the website (speaking engagements and whatnot) and my freelance writing. Plus, I was writing the book!
I started to feel a little overwhelmed, so I took a hard look at my Fall class schedule and decided to drop a course. I ended up dropping Physics (thank God!). I really liked my Anatomy course and ended up with a B! 🙂
Around the same time, I got into my top (only) choice for physical therapy school, University of South Carolina. I was very happy because they only accept 10 or 15 people. I was going to start in August 2010.
Then it came time to sign up for Spring classes. I needed to take Physics, Chemistry II, and Biology II. I was really busy with the website and writing, and my publisher told me Iâ€™d be doing a book tour in August. I started to take a long, hard look AGAIN at my career options and the timing of graduate school, and I decided not to take any Spring classes and defer my acceptance until August 2011.
Annnnd then I was bitten by the baby bug! If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know what Iâ€™m talking about. :) Although the Husband and I are not starting a family anytime soon (weâ€™re talking years), the idea of committing to graduate school for 4 years, $90,000 in student loans, and then re-starting my career at 30 years old did NOT sound appealing to me. This works for some people but it doesnâ€™t mesh with my current goals for my family. I am NOT making a judgment on other peopleâ€™s choices, of course. Nor is 30 too old to make a career changeâ€¦ it just doesnâ€™t work for me.
Iâ€™d rather see where my writing career takes me (Book #2!) and continue to support the Operation Beautiful mission. I believe you have to give opportunities the room to grow, or youâ€™ll never know where your dreams will take you. At this time last year, I never in one million years imagined that Iâ€™d be in this position. Plus, the Husband needs my support to launch his own acupuncture business this August.
So, thatâ€™s the update to my career plans! 🙂
What are your goals for your career and family life? Do they sometimes conflict?