New Chapters

If you’ve been a long time reader of the blog you know I’ve had lots of goals outside of knitting in my life. I’ve dropped small hints here and there but never really said everything out loud because I just didn’t want to jinx it. But there’s a change coming! And no, I’m not having a baby.
I said last year 2018 was going to be my year of change. I cut off all my hair, I’m turning 40 next month and I’ve made some personal changes in my life and this week I’m making big professional changes. Today I gave my two weeks to the job I’ve worked for the last seven and a half years. These last 7 months have been stressful and on top of that I was holding on to the secret of having a new job waiting for me in the fall. I’m taking my teaching full time and next year I plan to start my PhD program.

It’s exciting and only mildly scary to make a big career shift. But I know it’s a shift in the right direction. I’ll have more time to work on some projects and things I’ve wanted to pursue for years but never had the chance to because work was exhausting. Oh and I’ll definitely have more time to knit. But really this is about doing what I’m passionate about. I love being in the classroom, I love teaching. And for a really long time I’ve felt like being in a classroom is where I belong and my Department Chair agreed with me and helped me make this a reality. This has been a long work in progress for me to make all of this happen and now that it’s happening I couldn’t be more excited about what my future holds.

43 Replies to “New Chapters”

  1. That’s so exciting Dana!! So happy for you 😁 Life is too short to not follow your bliss and do what you’re passionate about!!!

  2. Yes! Gifted teachers are one in a million. Congratulations!

  3. Congratulations! It sounds like you will teach and pursue PhD at same college? Brilliant!!! It’s a grind but worth it!

    1. Yes, that’s kind of why I’m giving myself a year to ease into teaching full time before I start school. Same school so I can get remission of tuition!

  4. You are smart to make a change. I am 67 and have been retired for 3 years from 38 years at a job that I never liked. What a waste of a life. I wish I’d had your courage. Enjoy the new challenges. With your positive attitude and creativity, I know you’ll do well.

  5. Awesome 👏🏻
    The best to you in pursuing all your goals!!

  6. I do love it when a plan comes together! 40 was a wonderfully life changing year for me. I’m hoping this new chapter brings you as much joy as mine did to me.

  7. Congrats, Dana. And congrats on turning 40 this year-everything starts to come together in your 30s and 40s and then will get more fine tuned in your 50s and 60s. And those of us following your blog get the benefit of seeing more FOs….Priceless.

  8. Congratulations on pursuing your dream. It is always nice to be passionate about your work because you will always enjoy what you are doing. 👍👍

  9. CONGRATULATIONS! Women who feel empowered to make positive change in their own lives (and others – I adore your blog!) are so inspirational to me! THANK YOU for being YOU!!!

  10. Congratulations. We need more people like you, who feel the call to teach and act on it.

  11. Congratulations! Change is good and it is invigorating to grow. I am very excited for you.

  12. Congratulations on the new position! I’m a fairly new reader and really enjoying your blog. Thanks for writing and posting!

  13. Congratulations! It sounds like you are moving to where you need to be professionally, and that is sometimes scary. You have your knitting to keep you centered when those PhD studies and teaching start to close you in. Best wishes on these life changes!

  14. Congratulations!! It’s wonderful when you discover your passion and follow it. I was an educator and nothing was more rewarding. Wishing you the best with your studies and your new job. Knitting will keep you calm.

  15. Inspiring! All that and you still knit more than many retired folks!

  16. Congratulations on the ‘moves’!!! I am sad while being truly excited for you! I guess I’ll have join twitter in order to keep in touch with you as much as I do now 😦

  17. WOW!
    Congratulations! And, good for you for following your dreams! I just love your blog! 🙂

  18. Dear Dana, I love your new hair and all your new plans. BIG congratulations!!

  19. So cool! Please keep us updated on everything!

  20. Wonderful news! Congratulations on taking a chance on you!

  21. Congratulations! Keep receiving the blessings that’s for you.

  22. I changed careers and went to med school when I was 28. I wound up being a doc at a community clinic for low income patients—hard work but good work. 🙂 Glad you’re finding where you need to be!

  23. Wow so exciting! Good for you, lady! Onward and upward!

  24. Very exciting news! Congratulations on making the change and your new job. Even more knitting???

  25. Congratulations! Changes are good, especially those that we want and plan 🙂 All the best on your new adventure!

  26. Congratulations!! I bet that you are the favorite teacher for one and all. Wish I could take a class with you.

  27. I’m so happy for you, Dana! It takes a brave person to move from a familiar path that is working (even if it’s not working well!) to a new one that includes all sorts of unknowns. That’s where the life and the joy is, though! I know you will do well. I wish you every happiness and huge success!!!

  28. Many congrats to you!
    And thanks for taking us along on your adventure.

  29. Congratulations, Dana! This is a perfect time of life to make your move. You will be so happy that you did. Best wishes for great success!

  30. Congratulations! This is wonderful, they are lucky to have you.

  31. Great news. Career shifts are hard and energizing. Best of luck!

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