Jumping Forward

I quit my job today.

I walked into the office of my principal, the woman who, seven years ago, saw something special in me. She gave me the opportunity to create something, to leave my mark. She supported me. And today, I told her that I’ll be leaving.

I’ve been working at my school for eight years. Eight years! I’ve never been anywhere that long before in my whole life. I looked around the room today at a staff meeting, feeling nostalgic, even about those I don’t really like. And some whom I really, really do.

When I started at my school, I was 26. I had almost no experience under my belt. I was single. I had just gotten a new apartment and a new dog. And now, here I am. I’m married, still with the same dog (and two cats), in a house. I have my license and I’m a qualified supervisor. I taught a class. I designed a program. I spoke at a graduation. I supervised interns; I won Field Instructor of the Year.

There have been many joys and much heartbreak during my time at this job. Resigning today was incredibly hard, scary, and sad. It was also incredibly relieving, exciting, and brave. I’m proud of myself for taking a leap of faith, for leaving even though I don’t know exactly what will come next. It took a huge move out of my normally cautious comfort zone to make this decision. But I believed in myself enough to do it. And I’ll be taking that belief with me as I make the next step forward.

The countdown to summer vacation has never been so bittersweet. It will be hard to say goodbye, but I know it’s the right decision. Now, I get to figure out what I want to do when I grow up!

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog!

Let’s get right down to business. Who am I, and why am I here? Why are you here? All good questions…

I’m a pretty ordinary girl, in my early 30s, living in the suburbs of Florida. I’m always self-analyzing, and amazed at the harmony (and sometimes not-harmony) within my many contradictions. I’m all opinions and intensity; passionate could be my middle name. I’m fiercely loyal, and an all-or-nothing kind of girl. I’m also a voracious reader, casual gamer, domestic-goddess-in-training, daydreamer, and dog lover.  I give as good as I get.

What will you find here? General musings on life, politics, and pop culture, seen through the lens of my journey to find the joy in to the grey areas of life.