Thursday was a day of celebration in this house! After checking Lifetext every hour on the 8th, I finally decided to give it up and just wait for a notification that my ePortfolio had been graded. Here is the beginning of the email that popped up at 4:31 pm on Thursday:
Karen Kinsey (***************) has successfully completed the ePortfolio for the LIBS Program.
I cannot begin to describe the feeling that come over me that afternoon. I was sure that my portfolio would be kicked backed for revisions. So, while I was relieved to have submitted it, my joy was reserved. I have a job as a school librarian for the next school year (whatever that might look like!) and I have three weeks left of my one last course, READ 680 – Reading to Learn Across the Curriculum. I will then have a two week break before I return to work in a new school district, Newport News Public Schools, as a “new teacher.”
The reason I used the picture of The Minimalist Home is because I pre-ordered this book January 1, 2019! I knew I would not have time then to dive into the book or our house, however I also knew that the light was coming . . . and now it is here! I sat down this morning and read Chapter 1 . . . finally. Then I looked around the house and noticed some of the “projects” that I have been patiently waiting to complete . . . collage picture frames that need pictures . . . a dishpan of silver that needs to be polished . . . the box of school papers that I shared in my second post May 20th. I can enjoy my family and friends more, go see extended family again, and take a little more time for some self-care. To say I feel grateful and blessed is an understatement.
I know that I have shared this before, but I feel that it is worth sharing. Returning to graduate school in 2018 (at 51 years old!) was the best decision I have acted on in a long, long time. As a result of working full-time, as well as part-time on and off, while taking two classes per semester, I am finally able to enjoy the rest of my summer without working part-time.
Please, please, please find the courage to act upon your dreams and desires. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way!”
Until next week ~ The Running Librarian