On a Personal Note
Not too much, but a little. I am back and blogging again for the term. Instead of academic (and some would say “professional”) musings, this blog is a little about me and everything that has happened of late. I am not one who strives to put a positive spin on seemingly troublesome/worrisome/negative events and can assure my readers (not sure how many) that all things are, indeed, positive. A summary of changes:
After spending the better part of a decade living in Colorado, I have relocated to Chicagoland. Denver, I love you, but you’ve been bringing me down.
I suppose it’s something of a typical story: Protagonist finishes graduate school in Pittsburgh, moves to Colorado, toils away in academic library for years, falls in love, gets engaged, gets married, moves to Chicago with spouse. Maybe not so typical sounding when I summarize the content of so many years into a single sentence with too many clauses. Nonetheless, that happened.
The reasons behind our decision to move are multiple and I will address them in order of impact.
- Too much airtime – My wife owns a business in Chicago and was previously flying back every two weeks. This, obviously, because unsustainable financially and psychologically. No one should ever fly so much.
- Change of scenery – I’ve been growing dissatisfied with Denver and feel that a new adventure is just the ticket. The city I once loved and swore to never leave has changed significantly and bares only the slightest resemblance to where I moved. Living there was a little like a dream.
- No (job) satisfaction – I suppose this topic might warrant it’s own post, but I shall address it now. I wasn’t feeling satisfied in my job. Mind you, I have absolutely NOTHING bad to say about the place or the people (THEY’RE FORCES FOR POSITIVE AND WILL BE MISSED). To cut to the chase, fatigue and stress were setting in and I decided to focus on my education. I will always be a library advocate and will definitely seek out professional opportunities, but I am more open to trying another approach. Possibilities such as different environments with more advanced scholarly work under conditions more conducive to my introverted nature (fear not, I am not going to produce yet another explanation of this concept). It was a sweet farewell party and the goodbyes were hard, but I felt (and feel) engulfed with a satisfying sigh. Going forward, I hope to find a position working with a graduate student population in a larger setting. I will always teach and learn, but change is always inevitable.
- I got married and we purchased a house. We are very happy.
Ok, I think that sums it up. I will definitely elaborate on these reasons whenever the opportunity arises. Overall, things are great and will continue to improve.