Ch-ch-ch-changes – life+running


Since it’s Thursday, I thought I would start this post off with a sweet tune. Here is David Bowie with “Changes”, live in 1973.

Big changes have been on my mind lately, and it’s high time that I share these changes on my horizon. I feel like I’ve been living a double life for a while because Mark and I have known about these big changes for the past few weeks and I’ve finally been able to share with others.

One big change is that I’m going to be leaving my full-time position at the university at the end of the month. I will be a full-time student in the fall, and if I can stick to my plan, I should be almost done with my MFA in graphic design at this time next year. I have more exciting news to add to this announcement, but I can’t share until the information has been made public by the powers that be. People are starting to ask about how long it will take me to finish my degree. It’s 63 credits, so … a while? Now that I will be able to completely focus on my studies, “a while” has turned into something tangible.

One of the reasons I decided to become a full-time student again is because the long distance was wearing on Mark and myself. I’m also getting antsy to get out and teach. Couple those items with the fact that I was basically out of options for classes I could take over lunch and after work without taking vacation, and here I am, quitting my big-kid job to be a student again. Honestly, I didn’t think it would take me this long to go back to being a full-time student, but I liked my job a lot, and financially it really didn’t make sense for me to quit until now.

Classes don’t start until August 25, but I want to take July off to recover from last semester (working full time and taking 7 grad credits … don’t do it). I plan on doing a lot of relaxing in July. I have a short list of projects I want to work on, but I am not going to treat that list as a to-do list. If I get the projects done, I get them done, if not, meh? The only thing I need to finish is cleaning and re-organizing my apartment before my roommate returns. I kind of took over the apartment in her absence.

In the spirit of relaxing, I may be taking a hiatus from social media for the month of July. I want to reset others’ expectations of how to contact me, and how fast I can respond. The reality is that I’m going to have to continue using social media for the long run, but I want people to understand that if they want to contact me, they need to use a primary means of contact: call, text, or email. I don’t have time to login to social media every day, but it’s some people’s expectations that I do so. In fact, I make a point not to login on the weekends already, and I’ve missed out on a lot of events, but more importantly, I’ve hurt some friends for not responding in a timely manner. Sorry, but using social media feels like a job to me, and I don’t work weekends.  I’ll talk more about this soon once I make my decision about how I want to handle the hiatus.

Anyway, that is all the information I have to share with you now! Those of you who know the other piece of info, please refrain from blurting it out in the comments or elsewhere. Thanks! I will share that information when it’s been made public by the powers that be.


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4 Comment

  1. Yay!! I’m so excited for you!!! 🙂

  2. Good for you chica. On all accounts.

  3. This is so exciting! Congratulations on going back to school. I also have to echo your feelings about social media and setting expectations. I love using it but I’m trying to back off a little and “retrain” everyone I know on how fast I will actually respond to SM or email instead of being on it like lightning to the detriment of my own focus. Looking forward to seeing you back around when you’re done with your break!

  4. Dena says: Reply

    I am so very proud of you. Best of luck but I know you don’t need it.

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