Well, here I am, almost one year older. Last year my 40th birthday sucked big time, but the year as a whole was good. I took stock of my life and decided to make some changes. I quit my retail management job and went back to school full time. I’m now working part-time at the university and going to school full time. I’ll get my Associate’s degree in the spring and am trying to decide if I want to go for a Bachelor’s degree, or get back to work full time. Going back to school has opened a lot of doors for me already - I start an internship in December in the tax division of a large company. The hours will be intense, but I’m hoping that this job will be a stepping-stone to a great career.
More importantly, I’m happy with where I am and who I am. Not working retail has enabled me to enjoy my life. If you do the same, you know exactly what I mean. I had one weekend off a month. My schedule was never the same from one week to the next, so it was hard to make plans. This past summer has been wonderful - I was able to enjoy weekends with my family and friends for the first time in years.
I hope 41 brings a lot of good changes to my life. Goodbye, 40. Not so bad after all.