Life is all about changes. I recently quit my doctoral program. I was spending way too much money on tuition, books, and transportation on learning stuff I had no zeal for. Not that I ever did. I mean, I enjoyed my studies. Just not at the expense of my health and my life. For the last 10 or so years I’ve been trying to find a career that I love. I found that in education — particularly in educating adults. I taught GED classes, ran a job training program, spent a few years in West Africa teaching and learning from women in agricultural cooperatives. I loved it all (for the most part). While doing all this I decided I needed more education. Or more like my career demanded I get more education or I would never make any money. So I got a graduate certificate in adult education, a M.Ed, and spent 2 years as a part-time doctoral student. That’s about 6 years of off-and-on work and grad school. And oh yeah, I had a husband (emphasis on HAD). Then the fibroids. Any woman who has ever suffered from fibroids can share my pain. I had a surgery to remove 8 large fibroids from my uterus in June 2009 — only to learn that the fibroids were growing back 6 months later. Something had to change.
In the time since then, I left a sucky job to be an advisor at a community college in DC. And I love every moment (alright, I hate registration time, but my students are great!). My husband and I separated after about 8 years of arguing (okay, it wasn’t all bad… just the last 5 years or so…). I started to change my diet. I wanted to get reacquainted with my kitchen. I love to cook, but finding the time to do so is rough when you’re working full time AND trying to do grad school AND teaching. I was overextended and it showed in my body. My weight is out of control. And I don’t think I know who I am anymore. What am I supposed to do with my life, really?
So I’ve been reorganizing everything. I bought some new kitchen tools. Things I always wanted to buy and actually use, but didn’t buy because I knew I would never have the time to use them. I read books about sustainable agriculture, vegetarian and raw food diets (it’s so good to read something that has NOTHING to do with school!). I spend hours in farmers markets and grocery stores learning about new veggies like jicama and how to put kale in a fruit smoothie. Just today I actually put a table that was sitting on my porch in what I assume is supposed to be a dining space in my apartment because I decided I would like to sit and actually enjoy my food without the distractions of TV or articles and books related to school. I decorated the table with a basket of organic fruit and a cutting from my house plant. It’s funny, I’ve been in this apartment for over 2 years, and I feel like I just moved in! Now what if I did this with other parts of my life; I wonder what would happen? Garlic & Lemons!