Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Free Fall

Who doesn't fear failure? I mean, really. No one sets out on something huge and says, "well, whatever". Or if they do, I can't relate.



So, I've been working on this thing - my life, specifically - since I packed my bags for Northwestern in 2000. It was there, during my undergrad degree completion, that I realized what I wanted most for myself: a family and a career I love. And I also came to understand that to the be the wife and mother I desired, I would need a career that offered me flexibility.

For all of my (albeit brief) adult life, I've been working at those two things: a family and a career. And it happened perfectly. I met a boy, shared in the most beautiful wedding, and made a wonderful little baby. Meanwhile, I got a Master's Degree, worked as a therapist, and earned licensure. For everything I've done there have been steps, timing, and a plan. There has always been another hurdle on the horizon. Finish my hours, so I can take the exam. Wait for the call that you're actually pregnant. You know, stuff like that. "Someday we'll have a baby and I'll have my own therapy practice". Then that baby became a reality, as did leaving my non-flexible job.

I have officially turned in my two weeks notice. It's really happening. All of it. Everything I have worked toward, the final step in the process, is now. I've never been so excited and simultaneously terrified.

20 comments:

  1. Just posting the same thing I just said on Twitter....So exciting! Looking forward to see where this next chapter in life takes you! As one of my friends says...LEAP! xoxo

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  2. Congratulations! It must feel great to take those steps towards your ultimate life goals!

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  3. Congratulations! And best of luck!

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  4. So excited for you and this next stage in your life! Being a momma is life's most important career.

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  5. You will be great, no matter what you end up doing! Sometimes all we can do is just take the leap and see where it leads us!

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  6. Congratulations!!! Being a mom is the most important thing, they are only little for such a small amount of time. Wishing you the best of luck on your next adventure!

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  7. Good luck! I'm so excited that you are in a place to take this next step!

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  8. That's what happen to me with my first child. You know the best decisions for you. You know when you ready to go back to work. Good Luck on your next adventure.

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  9. It is amazing how that little bundle that you know you wanted and looked so forward to is so very much more precious than you could ever imagine. And how that bundle makes one rethink so many things, including career. I wish you luck! Tis an adventure but so well worth facing that fear of "failure"!

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  10. So exciting and yes, scary, but this is a fresh start and I'm looking forward to seeing where life takes you! Way to go for it!

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  11. Congrats! You're going to rock it! Definitely scary to take the leap, but also so exciting! So happy for you!

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  12. That's so exciting! Congratulations and good luck! :)

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  14. I wanted to write you an e-mail and ask for some information/advice, but I couldn't find a link.
    I know you're busy at home with your adorable family, so if you don't have the time, energy, or interest to respond, I understand.

    I've always wanted to be a therapist for a living and am currently researching PsyD programs. The options are a bit overwhelming and the prospect of not being accepted anywhere is frightening. Equally as frightening is the thought of acquiring $100,000+ in student loan debt. I was interested in what route you took to your career. Do you have any advice for someone like me?

    Just so you know, I followed you over from WeddingBee and I really love reading your posts about home repair and baby product reviews. I'm still a few years away from being ready for a baby, but I am filing information away for a later date. :) Congratulations on this new stage of your life and thank you for sharing it with us.

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  15. hooray! can't wait to hear about next new adventure. you will succeed no matter what you do.

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