I stepped away from writing here for a while. I have been spending my time completing a master's degree, looking for opportunities to teach online, and taking care of my mother. Caring for my mother has become increasingly more significant as her health has continued to decline. This is one of the main reasons for my desire to teach online. Working from home would allow me to be there for her. Also, I have learned to love online learning. I have found it to be the best format for me and my learning style. Working from home allows me much more control over my environment, which enables me to minimize distractions. And the asynchronous nature of the courses allows for life's unavoidable interruptions to happen without added stress.
In attempting to make the best of this situation, in addition to pursuing teaching online, I have realized that there is no time like the present to pursue another one of my passions. I have always enjoyed writing, though I have been limited to mostly writing essays for my degree programs. I would like to try my hand at writing for magazines, something I have been thinking about since I was a kid, propped up on my bed, flipping through Seventeen. Reading magazines has always felt indulgent to me. It's easy reading, unlike many of my textbooks over the years, and it allows me to choose content that is tailored to my interests, even those outside academia. As a writer, I would be able to tailor my pieces to my interests as well. This would feel incredibly decadent as the topics for my academic essays have always been limited by the courses I have taken and the professors who oversaw them.
I hope to carve out more time for blogging too, as life allows. I am looking forward to seeing how things progress, and where this journey ultimately takes me. It feels as though this chapter of my life is coming to an end, and I can't wait for the next one. I think it's going to be a really good one.