"Jane, I have your little pearl necklace at this moment..." ~ Jane Eyre
If the world is your oyster, you have Shakespeare to thank, for he originated the phrase in The Merry Wives of Windsor.
The world is certainly my oyster (and oh I do love oysters on the half shell with hot sauce) and, in honor of the time period Shakespeare wrote in, I believe the time is right to continue to the next phase of being a Renaissance woman.
Of course, it is not as easy or romantic as it sounds.
I did quite a bit of hauling over the weekend: I hauled various books home from the library with titles such as The Perfect Cover Letter, Resume Express, Find Your Calling Love Your Life, and Schott's Food and Drink Miscellany (ok, well this one was not for the same purpose as the others, but what a fantastic read!).
I hauled a small three-tiered letter bin for my desk, a bright orange accordion file, and a small notebook home from Staples. The letter bin is to organize resume materials, the accordion file is for organizing classifieds, and the notebook is to keep a journal of the hour I shall now dedicate daily to finding a new job.
I have no intention of leaving the educational field. My search for a new career is dedicated to finding a place in other various facets of education, whether it be a department in an institution or publishing company. I feel that I lack the energy and will anymore to educate society in my current capacity, but I believe that the same passion and energy can transpose itself into another form of giving back to society. I know this is not going to be easy, but I also know that I am going to have a wonderful job by the time this metamorphosis is over.
There is certainly a great deal of anxiety that comes along with this decision, but as my thoughts and words of changing careers have become movement and action, I feel a sense of excitement swirled in with the mix of anxiety and a sense of freedom that is envigorating. I know this is right; in my gut this feels right.
And once I do have a new job and all is right in my world, I am going to treat myself to a pearl ring.