Another two months have passed since I wrote here. To be completely candid, I try to write here often, whenever I need to work through some feelings. I leave the posts half written in a queue, knowing I will never revisit them. It’s a cathartic process.
Most of you who read this are family and close friends and already know this news. I’ll do this for me, to have something to go back and read when I am 90…
My time at Clemson has been full of growing pains. I worked my butt off, held myself to sky high expectations and when I let myself slide a bit, a Professor was there to ask for more. Finally in my last semester, I stood my ground and learned to say, no.
I love to say, yes. I love making people happy and I do not love ruffling people’s feathers. If there is one great lesson I can take away from my time in grad school, it is to take better care of myself. To think before I say, yes. To ruffle some feathers from time to time. And to not be afraid to say, no.
All of that is easier said than done. Regardless, it is a process and I am working on it. Saying yes has opened a lot of doors for me—it has also backed me up into corners that are hard to get out of.
I am happy to have made it out on the other side. And excited to report we [Jared, Betty & Cody] are moving to the Ventura, California area in less than two weeks! I accepted a job with Patagonia as a Color Advisor.
It is bittersweet that we leave Greenville, South Carolina. For the first 8-10mos. we hated it here and then something shifted. We built a little group of friends and settled into the lovely, mild four seasons and low cost of living that the Southeast offers.
The good news is we will be closer to my family and to some of our friends!