I'm going back to school.
These are words that I didn't think that would be uttering for about 10-15 years.
I was ambitious in high school. I pursued a college degree while I was in high school, and graduated with an associates degree at the same time I got my high school diploma. I started a bachelor's program in public relations and was preparing to take that degree with me to law school.
But a funny thing happened. I started taking communications classes and law classes. And I hated them. I liked the principal of communicating with a large number of people, but I did not like the program or how it made me feel about my future.
Then, I decided that maybe a career in business was a better idea, so I got a business management minor and thought I could just finish the program and do something in corporate communication as well.
That didn't work either. I had an absolute crisis of self that culminated in the dissolution of a long-term relationship that I was in. And at that moment, I realized that just about everything in my life was unhealthy. My outlook on my future, my relationships with so many people in my life and everything was so incredibly out of control and I had no idea.
I spent the summer after that taking careful evaluation of who my friends were and where exactly I wanted to end up. What did I want to do when I graduated? So, I switched universities and started a program in secondary education with an emphasis in business. I attended one semester, got married at the end of it, and decided that I just needed a break from school.
So, here I am almost 5 years later. I've been working at the same place the last 4 years. I've been married for 5 years in December, and I have a daughter. And I've decided that it's time to go back to school.
This is a seed that has been growing in my mind for the last year or two. I've always wanted to finish that bachelor's degree, but I wanted it to be in something that I loved. And I think I finally know what that is.
I love words. I love to write words, and I love to read words. I love the English language and I love stories. I want to be an editor.
Yes, I could have finished that public relations degree and saved myself a year or so of coursework. But, I decided that if I'm going to do this, I'm going to have to be energized. Because with a family and a full-time job, I can't afford to be burned out this time around.
So, what does this mean for the blog? Well, I'll still be here, and blogging consistently. I'm fortunate to have three other writers here that will help with the reviews and reading. So, you really shouldn't see all that much of a change, except perhaps a little less from me, and a little more from them. You'll probably just see me a little less on twitter.
But, I just wanted to reassure you that I will definitely not be abandoning the website. It seems silly to abandon the endeavor that got me on the path to wanting to be an editor in the first place. Thank you to you all for reading, and for those of you who have offered your much-appreciated support and encouragement.