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5 Years of Surprises: Looking Back On My Thirties So Far

Well it’s here. My 35th birthday. *throws handful of confetti in the air*

I’m midway through my 30s and with each surpassing day, I’ll tip the balances to being slightly closer to 40 years old than 30.

Someone recently told me that I don’t seem like I am old enough to be 35. I made a joke that it was because I was so young at heart, but they were like, “yes, that’s exactly it!”

Anna and Elsa cardboard cutout

5 years ago, when I turned 30, I had a crazy-big Frozen-themed surprise birthday party. (It was awesome.) My parents even flew into town without telling me and showed up at the party.

My son Calvin was 6 months old at the time. I had quit my job of being a 6th grade reading teacher to stay home with him for one year. I knew I wouldn’t stay home forever, and had pretty much always intended to go back to work after taking a year off.

I figured I would get another teaching job, and life would continue on mostly the same as before (though now with the added challenge and privilege of being a mother.)

How wrong I was. So many unexpected and wonderful things have happened over the last 5 years that I could never have predicted. That surprise party was a foreshadowing of things to come.

For starters, I never got back into teaching. In fact, this very month, my teaching license actually expires (and I’m not renewing it!)

On a whim in 2017, I applied for a few library jobs because I thought that they sounded fun. I had always loved libraries and books and reading growing up, and I sometimes wondered if libraries would be a better fit for me than teaching. I also hated taking home so much work (aka. grading papers!) when I taught elementary and junior high kids. Teaching is not an easy profession!

I didn’t expect to get hired as a Research Librarian that year. I wasn’t qualified for the job and had zero experience working in libraries. I almost accepted another 6th grade teaching position instead, but that door got slammed in my face (and I’m so glad it did)!

I didn’t expect that I would go back to graduate school and get a Masters in Library Science.

graduation cap and gown (2019)

The surprises continued, not only in my professional life, but also my personal life:

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Good times

My blog is typically a place where I write to share my feelings, and a lot of times those feelings are intense because many times I write when I am under stress. Writing helps me cope and share and be real, which I think is important.

But I also wanted to take time to share many of the positive and wonderful things about my life, because there are plenty of those, too.

So here are some good and happy things that have happened in the past few weeks. Enjoy!

Got to have a friend’s date night at The Mill in Abilene

 

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Bought a new dress

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Celebrated Valentine’s day with flowers, Abuelo’s and a homecooked dinner from Dean

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Spent an afternoon at the zoo with Calvin

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Enjoyed spending time getting to know my coworkers at daily coffee break

 

Finished 2 big grad school projects

 

Visited Phoenix to celebrate my Dad’s 60th birthday

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Played Harry Potter Clue

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Received a note in the mail from a friend

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