Master of All the Things! #gradstudent #projectnewchapter

It’s been a hot minute word press! Education will do that to you.

Yesterday, I graduated with my Master of Education, folks! I am officially an M.Ed.! That means that after 3 years of classes and over 700 internship hours I get to walk around knowing my email signature ends in “, M.Ed.” It’s pretty awesome.

But in all seriousness, I am done! I get about 75% of my brain power back. Think of the possibilities, people! I could invent the next facebook. Or dorito taco. Or bounce dryer bar. Watch for me on Shark Tank!

It’s an incredible feeling to not have to think about being a student anymore. For the time being until I find a full-time job once again, I can just be a mom. I can get our home back on track. I can manage our everyday, our budget, our menu….I can read stuff for fun (I’m a romance and just plain fiction junkie) and I can be excited about my job search again. Not to mention I can get back to #projectunfluff too! Nothing ruins a health revamp like trying to finish a grad program and internship! But now I’ve been hooded, the party has been thrown and cleaned up, the little lady has been put to bed and I’m sitting peacefully next to my partner with literally nothing else on my mind. 3 years of school, planning a wedding, planning for a baby and then raising said baby has meant that at this time every night, I went to bed with an endless amount of things on my mind. Tonight, however, I am calm, relaxed and my brain feels light and fluffy. Well not too light and fluffy, it’s a Master brain now so it’s got more stuff in it than it did 3 years ago, mmk?

Most importantly, now that this chapter of my life is complete I’m astounded by the outpouring of love  over these last few days. Those of you who have reached out to me to congratulate me, thank you. I know I’ve always been very vocal about this journey and to know that you’re just as excited as I am to have graduated only encourages me more to keep working just as hard in everything else I do.

So now it’s on to the next chapter for me! At first, I was terrified because for the first time in my life, the next step is truly unknown. In these last couple of weeks I have experienced a huge range of emotions, from fear, to sadness, to anxiety and then finally excitement. I am starting to see the other side of all of this uncertainty and I’m excited that I don’t know what’s next but that there’s so much potential for it to be new and awesome! I certainly don’t see it as a vacation as the wee one keeps me gainfully employed at home. But it’s a privilege to be able to have this time to hang out with my kid and apply for the positions that are most compatible to my skills and interests. I’m looking forward to what will probably be the last time I get this kind of time off.

That being said, if you have any book suggestions, let me know! Babycakes and I are hittin’ the library hard this summer! Woo!

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