Friday, June 20, 2008

An End is a Beginning, Right?

After a good bit of soul searching, plenty of tears, and feeling like a zombie for a while, I've decided to move back to Texas--my home state--to be with my family. I resigned my position at the college this morning, and they've been kind enough to offer me a part-time instructorship completely online. So, I can teach from Texas in my pj's. How cool is that? And I won't have to worry about bills while I'm job hunting there.

I'm considering a change of direction career-wise. I've long thought of doing a Library Science degree as there are several in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that are accredited and offered mostly online. If I go full time, I can probably finish up in just over a year (or so the website claims), or I might spread it out. No idea yet. At any rate, it's more money in the long run, and there are far more library gigs up for grabs than community college teaching gigs. I would much rather teach, but I'm leaving this one up to a higher power than myself.

I have to say, I am really upset to be leaving NC, but at my core I am an optimistic person, and I know it'll all work out somehow. There's an eery tendency for jobs to fall out of the sky and into my lap just when I need them, so I won't worry too much about anything. Just move forward and do the best I can.

I will live with my mom until I get back on my feet and Daisy and I can find our own place, and I'm looking forward to it. My mom is a nut. Watch for a full post about her coming up soon.

Wish me luck getting everything ready in the coming weeks. Say a little prayer or cross a few parts. I need all the good thoughts I can get.

29 comments:

  1. You're going to do great, Andi, no matter what! It had to be a tough decision to make, but in the end I know you won't regret it. Nothing can take the place of family.

    Hugs!
    Lezlie

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  2. Good luck with everything, sounds like a huge decision!

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  3. Yea! We get to have you back! Good Luck-R

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  4. *sends lots of good thoughts*

    Best of luck, Andi. You strike me as the kind of person who will be great at anything they decide to do, so I really think you'll be more than okay.

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  5. Wow, many good thoughts directed your way. What a courageous thing to do, following your heart. I've had the same kind of luck with jobs coming along at the right time and place, I know it will happen for you. Best of best and - I'm sure you'll keep us posted. I'm not surprised your mom is a nut - look forward to hearing more about her!

    Breathe. One moment at at time.

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  6. Ah best wishes hun, we'll be thinking of you. Family is always important.

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  7. Oh, my! I knew you were homesick, but this sort of takes me by surprise! Not in a bad way,though. I know you had to have really weighed the pros and cons. And in a weird way, it feels like you've come back home to us (and I say this from Montana???). I hope all sorts of things drop in your lap!

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  8. Andi, you are so brave! When you know something is right, you just know. Good for you for making the hard choice. Everything will go great! You've got your whole family behind you, and a boatload of bloggers cheering you on. What more do you need?

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  9. Welcome back Andi! Coming home can never be a bad decision. I know it will work out for you.

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  10. P.S. Get here fast. It's "only" supposed to be in the 90's here for the next week. After that you know what you have to look forward to for tne next three months;-)

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  11. Good luck with the move. I know you'll do fine. I have to admit that I'm happy that you're thinking about a library degree. I think you'd be a great librarian!!

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  12. Sending you hugs and lotsa of good luck, but I don't think you really need luck! :)

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  13. Wow, big changes for you! These thoughts may have been circling around in your subconscious for a while, and your cousin's death brought them all to the forefront. (Sorry, I'm playing psychologist again.)

    It's good to have family nearby for support.

    Sending good thoughts your way!

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  14. Good luck with all the moving and resettling and jobfinding, Andi. I'll be keeping you in mind over the next while.

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  15. I'm sure you'll do fine. If you'd much prefer to teach, though, then why are you thinking of something completely different? Do what makes you happiest.

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  16. Thanks,all! The good thoughts and wishes are much appreciated.

    Stu, the reason I'm considering something else is because teaching jobs in the area I'm moving to are rare, and even to teach at a lower level you need a PhD. I don't particularly want to do the PhD right now.

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  17. When things feel right they are right. And let me tell you, working from home in your pjs is pretty sweet.

    Good luck. :)

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  18. The Bears and I will have every finger, toe and paw crossed for you, Andi. You will be fine though, because you are a great person and nothing can ever alter that.

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  19. I admire your courage in making such a huge decision. It sounds like, in your heart, you know for sure it's the right one. Sending you good thoughts from NYC!

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  20. wow wow wow. I am so glad I scrolled down further than your most recent post. What a hard decision to come to, but I have no doubt it's the right one for you. Congrats!

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  21. I'm a big fan of life changing decisions. Good for you.

    When I was in my late 20s, I moved to San Francisco, a great town, but it never felt like home, and all I wanted to do was move back to Chicago. No one understood why I would leave, but it was the right choice for me.

    Family is important.

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  22. I'm so sorry to hear about your cousin. Good luck with the move back to Texas. It sounds like you've given it a lot of thought and it's the right thing for you. Sending lots of good thoughts your way!

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  23. Wow. Big decision! Good luck with everything, and hooray--you'll be back in my neck of the woods!

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  24. You can't move back to Dallas... I've just moved away! :)
    Seriously, one of these days we will somehow have to meet up whether at the big Half Price books in Dallas or at BookPeople in Austin!
    Wishing you all the best Andi. It will work out.

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  25. Wow. You must be feeling so much relief at having decided.....I hope your move will go smoothly, and that you find the right home for you and your dog. And the right career; but certainly your college has been really kind and letting you work from home online....takes the weight off finding work right away. I'll be thinking of you as you pack and move, fingers crossed that it all goes well!!

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  26. I am really proud of you for your soul-searching. Like Lulu, I'm a fan of life-changing decisions.

    You would be a fabulous librarian, and I know there will be many wonderful career opportunities for you.

    And once again, I will be envious--I seriously considered getting an MA and MLS.

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  27. I certainly wish you all the best. These are the kind of tough decisions that can really take a lot out of you but it is inspiring to see you make the decisions you needed to make and I am so glad that you have that part time job to help cushion the move. I look forward to seeing how this all progresses for you and will keep parts crossed and prayers coming!

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  28. Best of luck! I'm also thinking about going back for a Library Sciences degree for after my SAHM days, instead of going directly back into the refugee field.

    I can tell how important your family is to you, that's wonderful. I'm sure there are lots of good things ahead!

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  29. I was just catching up on your blog, and I know this will be a tough time, but and it sounds like this will be a good choice for you. Isn't it interesting how the things you envision for the future change so quickly? Best of luck with the transition :-)

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