Archive for January, 2010

Crunch Time

Happy New Year to all!  Thank God 2009 is over and we can begin anew.

I spent the last bit of 2009 taking stock of my life and my accomplishments and realized that the entire year was pretty much wasted for me.  I didn’t get that fabulous job I had worked so hard for.  I couldn’t get an internship because I had been out of school for so long.  I barely wrote anything.  I barely painted or designed anything of value.  I didn’t make much money.  I didn’t get to spend ample time with family and friends.  Friendships actually dissolved along the way.  I didn’t do anything worthwhile!

Although I did get some experience in journalism by working at a newspaper over the summer, I spent the bulk of the year working a retail job for which I was totally overqualified and underpaid.  It caused me much anxiety, it screwed up my sleeping habits, I had no chance of moving up or learning new skills, no matter how many internal positions I expressed interest in, and I was treated like dirt by the general public for eight hours a day, five days a week.  It would take its toll on anyone.

So with the new year coming, I made the difficult decision to quit that job and return to graduate school!  Yes, it will cut our monthly income.  Yes, I realize we’re in a recession (no matter how many times the government tells us it’s over – it isn’t).  And no, I won’t feel guilty about it.  I refuse to let the guilt seep into this one!  I have worked too long and too hard on my education to give up before I have exhausted every path.

This new degree, an MA in professional writing, will open up new doors and expand my possibilities in the literary world while still cultivating my visual skills.  I intend to take an internship, which will hopefully lead to employment somewhere besides Houston; preferably Austin or New York.  I couldn’t be ready, more excited, or more focused.

Look out.

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