Friday, August 14, 2009

I'm liking the sound of it! (or, how to reframe 'leaping into the abyss')



With school starting again comes the end of my teaching quarter. People have been asking me what I'll be teaching in the Fall. I have to give them my 'looks like I'll be unemployed due to California budget crisis' speech. But, I don't just leave it at that, I spin it a bit.

I believe my spin.

It's mostly true.

It goes something like this:

#1 - I'm 40 this year, this is a meaningful year in my life, right. If I'm lucky, I'm halfway through. Good time to reevaluate and make sure I'm living the life I want. I need to do something momentous this year - career change sounds like a good idea, right? . . . . right???

#2 - I never thought of part-time lecturing as a permanent job. It's not like I have tenure or that I can get tenure (teaching so much - and parenting - leaves little time left over to do research, let alone time to write and get published).

#3 - it's not really my dream job anyway, although it's been a very good job to have. I feel extremely fortunate to have such a flexible, stimulating, and easy job while raising small kids.

So, as long as the mister keeps his job and we can pay the mortgage and have health care, I will call this year my 'exploratory' year. I'll be figuring out what I want to do next. I'm actually excited!

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