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Moving Forward

I’ve learned that change is inevitable, and while some changes I’ve accepted kicking and screaming, others I’ve fully embraced.

In the last month or so I’ve had to make some pretty big decisions regarding work, friendships/relationships, and the possibility of moving. Some of those decisions aren’t yet final, but will hopefully be resolved soon. While going through the process of making some big decisions I realized that while I’ve been doing my best to embrace and accept these changes, that I’ve also been a hypocrite.

One of the first lines in my online dating profile talks about how I’ve been on a path to better myself and while that is true to a certain extent, I’ve also just been treading water and not really moving forward. I’ve become complacent instead of actively trying to better myself as I’ve claimed.

The biggest area of my life that I can start changing is my career path.

While I enjoy my work, there isn’t really much room for advancement and I’ve never thought of being a tech as a career for me. I’ve spent countless hours assessing my abilities, strengths, and mentally picturing myself in a multitude of career paths trying to decide which path is the best for my future plans.

After thinking things over and creating lists of the pros and cons of various options, I’ve finally made my decision, and am gearing up to start the process for this endeavor. I knew that whatever I decided, additional schooling would be necessary– something I’ve been hesitant to undertake simply because the thought of more student loans is not something I look forward to– but luckily education programs exist for people just like me (adults with an existing degree who are looking at second Bachelor’s/Master’s in an unrelated field) so I’m confident that I’ll be able to succeed and accomplish my goals without too much trouble.

Knowing that in about a month I’ll be back in school, but still working full time at my current job should be stressing me out, but I’m actually looking forward to not having much free time and being able to work toward something I’ve had on the back burner for years.

Pending all of the paperwork being submitted on time, and my transcripts being transferred, I should be able to register for the classes necessary to become an educator within the next week or so.

The decision to pursue teaching did not come lightly, and it’s the only real career that has kept a solid place in my head and heart as something I could be happy doing.

I actually started the process to go back for this career path about 5 years ago, but let the boyfriend at the time talk me out of it. Instead of blaming myself or my ex for not following through with my dreams, or thinking of that time as wasted, I’m looking at it as a learning experience and a reminder that I need to put my hopes and dreams first and actually follow through.

This is a huge decision, and one that I know my family and friends will support. I’m sure it won’t always be easy, but I’m ready for the challenges to come.

Responses (5)

  1. Joe Babbitt says:

    This is a big deal, and color me proud for you making it.

    That first point you made is one that really changed my life too. A close friend once told me that I talk a lot, but I don’t really follow through with effort. I remind myself of that conversation constantly, and I am happy to say that nowadays, I enjoy having the reputation as a force of evolution. Being a better person than you were the day before is the only goal worth having.

    Also, good for you for having the stones to go into education. Education and writing were the only vocations that ever spoke to me, and the education system soured me on something near and dear to my heart.

    • Katy says:

      Thanks Joe!

      I’m curious to hear the story or reasons of why you were soured by the education system someday.

  2. P2000Camaro says:

    While I highly respect your decision to become a teacher (my mom is a teacher, and my girlfriend is going to school to be one as well), I just wanna say depending on the grade level and stuff you are looking to teach, it will NOT be easy to find a job once you get out.. It can definitely be rewarding, but it can also beat you down.. The education system in America is atrocious. Rather than allowing teachers to be adventurous and create fun, knowledgeable lesson plans, they must now force-feed kids enough information to pass a stupid standardized test or else risk the school losing funding.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH9vxq1iJVM

    I’m really sorry, and I’m NOT trying to discourage you, I’m just saying be careful, and good luck!! 🙂

  3. melanie says:

    You know I support this 100 percent! I am excited for you and your new adventure into furthering your education. I know you will succeed. Love you!

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