The Big News…

newspaperWell I teased you yesterday with my upcoming news re: grad school and moving but in the meantime I had the opportunity to inform everyone that needed to know of my decision and so I am now free to share.

I have made the decision not to attend graduate school this year. This was not a decision that I took lightly and is certainly one that has and will effect my life considerably but after putting all things in to perspective it was the best choice for me to make for the coming year.

I applied to six graduate programs for the 2010 school year. I was declined by five of those programs and accepted to one, the University of Nevada, Reno. My decision not to attend UNR this year was based on many different factors in my life that would not have made the move conducive to a healthy me and in the words of my dear friend Karie from The Five Fish taxing decisions are ones that were not good decisions at that point in life.

Primarily I focused on the graduates of the particular program I was applying to in Reno. The majority of graduates go on to teaching positions. I do not wish to be a teacher of psychology, I am a hands on woman and would have been miserable getting a five year degree to end up teaching. I also looked at the financial strain moving from NC to NV would have put on my small little family. In addition to these things moving to Reno would have separated me from my only support system, a system which I have relied on for my entire adult life. My two college girlfriends who have always provided me with the family I needed when my biological family is dispersed between Florida and Missouri. The importance of closeness to these women was not realized until the moment came to make a decision to leave the state which I have come to love. There was also the consideration that Buzz and I have been struggling with maintaining a stable relationship lately. I will not go in to details because they are unnecessary, but moving out to NV just the two of us and Jet would have put excessive strain on a relationship that is already strained and should things have dissolved it would have left the two of us stranded in a strange state with no support system or money to relocate. This last point was not a major deciding factor but it did weigh in on my decision. Trying to make things work as a couple is hard enough without the added stress of a major move.

So what now? Firstly Buzz and I will be moving in to an apartment in the coming months, this move will be a healthy move that allows us to cut down on expenses and live in a more modern and updated home. Now I change my path and refocus on making myself an independent woman. I have worked with WordPress blogs for the past six years and have worked online for the past nine years and so I am channeling those talents in to a blog design/installation company which I should have up and running within the next few weeks to the next month. I will be available to do blog headers, buttons, banners, theme installs and customizations. While I do not create themes from scratch I have spent the majority of the last six years customizing themes from existing templates and have recently been working with Thesis to work in search engine optimization to the blogs I design. I do have a developers issue of Thesis and will be offering Thesis to all of my blog design clients as an option for their blog. My portfolio will be put together and online shortly.

While this is certainly not the path that I planned to take a year ago this is the path that I have chosen. I enjoy working with WordPress and if I do say so myself I am rather good at it after working with it for so long. So there you have my news. I hope that you all stick with me regardless of the topic of my blog and I look forward to helping you all with your blog themes and images in the near future.

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7 Responses to “The Big News…”

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    Nicole says:

    That’s a big decision, but Karie’s advice was good. And, being that I’m feeling rather (and by rather, I mean extremely) annoyed with Blogger today, you may just have your first client right here!!
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Gardening 101: Five Easy Tips for Planting Seeds =-.

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    Amy, congrats to you. I know that may sound funny but I think any decision you make for the better of yourself and your family deserves a congrats. This may not be the path you thought you would be on, but it sounds like a good one. Best of luck to you!
    .-= Stefany @ ToBeThode´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

    • Amy says:

      Stefany you are so sweet. Thank you for the congratulations, I feel like I made a huge decision but it was the right one for now and I really appreciate that you recognize that too, it’s always nice to have reassurance 🙂

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    i am glad a decision has been made! I bet you feel better now huh?
    Your own blog installation/design company? COOL!
    Good luck!
    Your own WP blog looks fantastic!
    Good luck with your move! I HATE moving!

    Sorry the graduate thing didn’t work out–maybe later, right?
    .-= one cluttered brain´s last blog ..My first ACTUAL tag in Blogger land…Cool huh? =-.

    • Amy says:

      Thanks for the vote of confidence! It is nice to have a decision made though although where it leaves me now I’m not sure LOL

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