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Monday, January 22, 2007

"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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

/bark bark bark

dear lady jane: yes its a drag that in the current structure the day is all about fighting fires and not so much about the fine discipline of the written word. would it be that the content were the thing and administrative duties would fall into the hands of some droid, and that your doorway would not include a unwelcome mat of blood.

i do hope for you to find the right place where your virtues can be appreciated and put to good use.

and on another note, surely you are aware that i would NEVER shape shift into a kitty. you have my word. i will be waiting anxiously to see your entry in the new duel for a certain romantic dandy.

ever yours, the rottie K9

10:42 AM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Thank you for your words of support; they mean so much, as does your understanding. Its been hard explaining to some people that I need to shift gears. On a selfish note, I hope to find a job that pays much better than the current salary I have as a teacher so I can finally afford to have a big, fat, English Bulldog! As for you turning into a cat, I knew that you wouldnt betray me! Now, if you were to perhaps encourage Freya to partake in the competition, that would be lovely, wouldnt it?
Lady Jane

10:47 AM  
Blogger Borut said...

You have my 'long-distance' support!:) I'm doing something like that: the Native Americans call it 'finding the way with a heart!. Good luck! And, thanks for visiting!:)

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$&#^$(^*(&% Blogger!

Methinks it ate my comment again.

All I said was, when I left teaching, I had no plan whatsoever, but God did, and He put me where I am. Here's hoping He does the same for you.

12:09 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Borut ~ Many thanks for visiting here and for your kind words; I love your poetry. Have you ever written a tanka? ;)

Marty ~ Thank you for your insightful words, as always. Indeed, there is definitely a higher force telling me it is time to move on, and I know it is going to be just fine.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I often contemplate leaving my job in non profit education. I work in schools throughout Chicago and it is exhausting...but very rewarding. I am waiting for the time when my urge to leave is not brought about in a fit of exhaustion/anger/fed up with children/etc. Good luck in your new endeavors. There are so many possibilities!

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go for it! Your blog is so inspiring, I can tell that you have a lot to offer, wherever you'll end up. Good luck in finding the right place!

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thurs old fruit :)

I would echo FrumTeacher's post here and say firstly "Massive amounts of superb luck" with finding your perfect job, and secondly wherever you end up they'll be lucky to have you.

I hope things aren't too horrible where you are, there's nothing worse than just doing a job because you feel you're a wage slave to it (been there, done that in fact still blimmin' doing it too grr).

Rock on grrrrl :)


2:20 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Shannon ~ I am actually looking at jobs in the nonprofit sector as well, such as event coordination and such. I wish this was just fatigue talking, but its so much more than that.

Frumteacher ~ Thank you for your supportive words. :)

Peej ~ Thanks, my darling chap. Old fruit, eh? Oh and here I like to think I am a just rippened peach. ;) You are the best, Peej, and perhaps I shall write a poem for you instead of Percy.

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Non_Highlighted Heather said...

Your gut is your truest guide, and many times, your wisest teacher. I look forward, as a new admirer, to watching where it takes you.

And when you do find that an English bulldog is in your near future, I will be happy, as the pet of one, to share with you how smelly, stubborn, and utterly wonderful they are.

9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No time like the present to overhaul your career! That's what I keep telling myself everyday the past few weeks as I am starting my own new chapter and the constant fluttering in my stomach is keeping me excited and motivated!

You go girl! :)

11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A poem for me? Well that'd be just the ticket.

Ripened peaches. Now you've got me wishing it was the season for them...Mmmmm!



5:57 AM  
Blogger Ryane said...

oh amy, I feel your pain. I have been deep in the job hunt for 6 months. It is an exciting time, to consider all of the possibilities. Good luck! And hey--why didn't I think of buying myself a ring once I find the job? Clearly I need to re-ignite the imaginative side of this job hunt...;-)

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Percival said...

Another Missive

TO: Lady Amy Jane Eyre, of Nose More Fair than Aquiline

FROM: Sir Percival B. Silly, Admirer of Noses More Fair than Aquiline

CONCERNING: Important Information for all Ladies Irrespective of Proboscine Attributions

Dear Lady Amy Jane,

I hesitate to interrupt the discussion of other matters on this thread with what might be construed as an interruption.

Still, I must inform thee, and other Ladies of good breeding and dainty mannerisms, that an error correction concerning the Rules which govern the Joust of the Ladies has just been posted on mine blog.

Again, I hesitate and apologize, yet perforce I must needs inform thee post haste...

Somewhat obsequiously, yet only to the degree that pleases thee, I hope...

Sir Percival

11:13 AM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Percy ~
February the first, eh? Not a good due date for me, but very well. My RESUME indicates I can multitask, so be it.

11:37 AM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Heather ~ Thank you for your kind words and support. I am quite excited to hear about this Brit Bullie of yours, I must say! There is just something about that breed that makes me melt!

Pinky ~ Indeed, there is a flutter and it IS great, isnt it? I feel a bit more alive these days than I have in a while. :) Good luck with your job search, too!

Peej ~ As soon as I take care of Percy's due date, I shall write you a sonnet. :)

Ryane ~ You are talented, smart, wordly, and would be a great asset to any company. Chin up...you are going to find a job. Have you been applying to New York by any chance?!? ;) We have great jewelry stores here for rings!

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Much obliged Thurs. Whenever I hear the word "Sonnet" I think of the lyrics to "Does everyone stare" by The Police. A top tune.


4:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on having the heart to move forward, whatever and wherever it may be.

And I do love that phrase. Sigh, Shakespeare, why are you so darn good at everything!?!

10:15 AM  
Blogger ThoughtsGalore said...

Get some of your writing together..and get that food writer in you together.

You'd be amazing my friend. Scrath that..you're already amazing. Take a chance. GO for it!

Ooooh I love the organization of your search, already! Sooo cute, I must say. :)

10:20 AM  
Blogger Ryane said...

Thursday, as a matter of fact--yes. I have been applying in NYC. and San Fran. and DC. However, I think w/the NYC/San Fran jobs...my out-of-state address works against me. boo! I know of at least a few nice stores up there that call to me like a siren...;-)

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're going to be a busy girl Amy Jane Thursday. Whoo! Good luck w/ everything, esp the job hunt! (I always hate looking for jobs...)

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog a few days ago.

Good luck on your search. I hope you find your pearl.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good for you! i consider what you do to be actually rather brave. change can be scary. but you're tackling your emminent metamorphosis admirably with a real can do attitude. and what a great incentive .... a new dogie as a reward.

but in a way it's a shame that the students will loose such a great teacher..


9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, you shall find me most strict... birthday girl...

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you have been thinking about this for a long time. Obviously, you know what is right for you. I am excited for your adventure. You will be fabulous at whatever you decide to do!

8:48 AM  
Anonymous non-highlighted heather said...

Birthday girl? Are the words of Msr. Dandy pants true? If so, then tis one more reason to believe we were fated to bump into each other, for mine was on the 21st. Belated, but no less heart felt, happy, happy day to you.

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Lynn said...

Well that's much better than a pearl necklace. Um...yes, looking for a job. Me too and good luck! Sometimes deciding to go for it is the hardest thing ever.

3:17 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Peej ~ I love the Police and I love Sting. Another example of British excellence!

K ~ Thank you for your sweet words. Yes, isnt William just the best? Especially since he gave Falstaff that line.

TG ~ I have been investigating posts at the production site for foodnetwork. ;)

Ryane ~ My cousin is now in San Fran and she just loves it there! :) I am keeping my fingers crossed that you come to New York!

Amy ~ Ugh, I hated interviewing for my job, but I learned so much since then. I was a naive 22 at the time. ;)

Bone ~ I really enjoyed stopping by your blog; its a great site.

Schaumi ~ Leaving will not be easy, but more and more I realize this is not the path I want to be on anymore. I hope that I can leave feeling proud and not feeling guilty.

Percy ~ Your poem (my poem!) has been emailed to you this early evening. I had so much fun with it! Mmmm. I cant wait for my birthday this Saturday!

Kels ~ Thank you, my dear! I am looking forward to all of it. I truly am.

NH Heather ~ HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! Our days are six days apart! I hope you had a blast! :)

Lynn ~ Indeed, the decision is harder than the actual hunt! I am enjoying the hunt and oddly enough having fun searching and doing my resume. I feel fortunate being an English teacher - possibilities seem endless...

4:52 PM  
Blogger Ryane said...

Thursday--My birthday is next Friday!!! =-) I knew we were kindred spirits...

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh'..I wish you a rainful of luck..I have found a new career path in line with teaching as well..( something that pays much..much better..)

Luxie doo'

5:21 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I knew early on that I wouldn't be nearly patient enough to be an educator, but I have great faith for our future because of people like you and my friend, Emily.

Emily works with severely autistic children and recently expressed your same sentiments about feeling that she lacked the energy her clients deserved. So, she made a really tough decision to leave her current job and several families that she had painstakingly helped and is now working with one family who has several children with disabilities. She has said since that she feels refreshed and that she has a renewed sense of energy to give to help more children.

Sometimes, with a career that can be as heartbreaking and exhausting as yours, you need a jump. Go for it, Amy! Good luck! Can't wait to hear about the results!

8:26 PM  

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