5.01.2012

Done and done...


     








While the laundry piles up around me and the dishwasher and dust bunnies call my name, I have to take a minute to share a little giddiness. I've checked two big ticket items off my to-do list today.
1. I've booked our week-long summer vacation house.
Virginia's Eastern Shore
I know, not earth-shattering, but it's a little thing that I look so forward to all year: no schedules, sunshine (I hope), a new destination and as much relaxation as a 4 and 6 year old will allow. I can almost feel the sand in my toes and the mosquitoes biting.  Time to start gathering my reading list. 

2. I just sent in my deposit for design school.


                                                                            
My stomach flipped when I typed this. Yup. I'm going back to school and I am ecstatic. I found the Metropolitan Institute of Design here on Long Island 11 years ago while plotting my way out of a desperately unfulfilling corporate job.  Back then, I was young and just a little bit chicken. Design school was where my gut wanted to take me, but my head led me to graduate school and a teaching career.  I knew I could be a good teacher. It was safe and practical and I have no regrets whatsoever. Teaching has given me incredible skills and experiences, a lifelong friend in my "Junior Deb partner in crime" Lauren, and 7 years worth of  students who regularly taught me something and brightened my day. In a backwards way, my teaching career gave me the opportunity to follow my heart. 

When I extended my unpaid childcare leave after having Eamon, (a wonderful opportunity teaching  
provided me) I realized that being home full-time with my kiddos was feasible. Four years later, my little ones are slightly bigger and full-time school for two is just around the corner. This forced me to think about my future. Somehow I just couldn't envision myself back in the classroom.  I think time and distance from the job and support from my husband gave me the perspective and the push I needed to pursue this goal. The blog was my first step. School is the the next. I am going out on a limb in a big way and it's pretty exciting.

So, I will enjoy this summer's vacation thoroughly and rest up because come September, life will be a little busier around here and I can't wait.

Have a great day.


Erin

14 comments:

  1. That's great Erin - best of luck! Enjoy :)

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  2. That's awesome news!!! I'm considering the same thing - there is strength in numbers I think. :) You are inspiring me!!

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  3. You go girl !!! good for you ~
    x0x

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  4. Congrats to you on your two new adventures! PS, thank you for the Liebster! I haven't had a chance to blog it or thank you!

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  5. That is so exciting!!! Go, Erin!!!

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  6. How exciting! I did the same thing a few years and it was one of the best things I ever did! Good luck and keep us posted on how it all goes!

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  7. EEEEK!!! I'm so excited for you, Erin!!! Both for design school and vacation but more for the design school. And it should make your stomach turn a little because it's a change, but you are going to be great and learn so much. Can't wait to hear all about it!! Congrats to you!

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    1. Thanks so much, Holly! I know you're living it, so I truly appreciate your encouragement!

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  8. The beach is ALWAYS a good thing! ;)
    It will be fun hearing about your adventures in design school! You go! :)

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  9. WOW! I think you are doing what all of us bloggers want to do! At least those of us that aren't designers. I've thought about it in this secret place in my head. Mine are four and two but at six and four I could see it becoming feasible. I too ended up teaching because it was a little bit safe. No regrets either but I also don't see myself going back.

    Can't wait to hear how it goes! You can do it! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Erin. I definitely have thought about in a similar secret place in my head for years. If I think about it too much, it becomes daunting, so it's good that I'm too busy to think about it too much, lol.

      Thanks again.

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  10. whoa...back the bus up! You're going to the eastern shore this summer. AND design school!?!? How incredibly exciting!!! As a former teacher myself, with NO INTENTION of going back to the classroom either I applaud you! Can't wait to hear all about it.

    And...um...the eastern shore is just up the road a piece from where I live. *hint hint*

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