I’ve been avoiding this. Over the last 6 months, I’ve had this conversation many times, with many different people. But to put the words into writing and publish them on my blog is a whole other thing.
You can’t ever really know where your life will take you, or how one decision might impact another. But when a change is needed, things just don’t quite feel right until you land on a decision. You can have a good think, a good sleep, a good talk, and then take a step forward.
My step forward was to leave the school counseling profession.
I am still a school counselor. And I really, truly hope to return to the profession when I’m good and ready. But right now, I am putting family first, which means sacrifices that I never thought I would make.
If you told me when I landed my first school counseling job that in 8 years, I would consider leaving the profession to be a better mom and wife, I would have laughed in your face. Seriously.
My reasons for leaving are quite varied, but it boils down to balance. My life felt very out of balance and I needed to do something. So I did.
I know not everyone understands my decision and that’s okay. What I understand is that this profession is really freaking hard and demanding, and I also understand that our current climate in education makes what we do even harder.
I’m choosing to maximize my self-care (something I have always struggled with), and I can’t wait to see what things I will find along the way!
As for this blog, it’ll still be here. I have lots of lessons I want to share and topics I want to write about, so stay tuned.
Thanks for reading and understanding. Take care of yourselves. 🙂