I will warn you that this post is more about me than my quilting.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. I feel so incredibly lucky. My life has come so far over the last 12 years.
12 years ago:
- I was finishing up my Bachelor degree in Bowling Green, OH
- I was dating a verbally abuse man.
- I had no self esteem, no self assurance.
- I had a bright fruitful future working as a Medical Laboratory Technologist in a lab and was already working at that lab part-time.
- I was living in Ohio and 1 year later would buy a house near Toledo, OH because that is where I was staying (even though I was not happy).
- I lived, ate, and drank work and school, except when I was playing the horribly addictive World of Warcraft.
- I have not only completed my Bachelor of Science, I went back and completed my Master of Public Health. I had an amazing Mentor that taught me I can be whomever I want
- I am now with man who’s intelligence way surpasses my own and is my equal in every other way. (I learned that I argue with him, he will win. He has learned that arguing isn’t about winning, at least not every time).
- I am gaining self esteem, self assurance, and belief in myself. Where as before I was a driven individual, but I made up for things in the wrong way because I wanted to make others believe I could do something when I wasn’t so sure I could.
- I now work in Public Health specifically Environmental Health. I never saw myself here. I was going to be an epidemiologist. I even did an internship it is. When a job came open for Environmental Health Technician I saw it as my “foot in the door.” 4 years late I haven’t left and I have no plans on it. I have went from a two-year degree position to an Environmental Health Sanitarian (four-year degrees position) to an Environmental Health Specialist. This is my dream position. It is the position that most people in the field plan on retiring in. I still have plans on moving up, but I know that there are a lot of people in the field that I can call mentors and many people who believe in me. This has helped me to believe in myself. I still have a ways to go but I am proud of myself.
- I now live in West Michigan between Grand Rapids, MI and Grand Haven, MI. It is beautiful here. Still too much winter, but the summers make up for it with their beauty and the amazing lakeshore. Lake Michigan is like going to the salt water ocean only with no creatures that can bite, sting, or otherwise torture you.
- I now have a great work/home balance. I rarely play video games. (I mostly play them now when I realize I’m shopping and don’t need to be.) I spend most of my winter spare time quilting and most of my summer spare time relaxing outside.
All in all I realized this morning on my way to work that even with all the stress I would not change a thing in my life. I love my life. Thank you to everyone in my life who made that possible. I could not have become a better person without you.