First Day of the 16th Grade

Yes, you read that right: Sixteenth Grade.

Today was my first day of school. Grad school.

I’m pretty sure I’ll be in school forever–I’m pursuing licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Professional and I’m doing it as a stay-at-home-mom of two toddlers.

So, of course, in my first class my teacher tried to break the ice a little and asked why we were all there.


Tonight, I was posed the same question about joining the 30 day blog challenge. Why? Why do I want to join?

In class, some students answered by sharing their own stories of benefiting from being in counseling, some answered that they had loved ones who had been overlooked in life and they wanted to help people like their loved ones. 

But my story is a little different. I’m going back to school simply because I can’t NOT do it one more day.

I’ve always wanted two things in my career:

  1. To help people
  2. To tell stories

You see, 10 years ago people said I could never make money doing those things unless by some fluke in the universe I turned out to be J.K. Rowling.

“Do something that makes you a living.”

said everyone ever.

So I spent my college years and all the years thereafter trying to fit into a corporate system and it just. didn’t. work. (Not for me, anyway.)

So here I am: in Grad School. I’m finally pursuing what I always thought was my perfect career fit.

But it’s not my only career fit. I still want to be a writer, too. I want to use what I learn as a counselor to help people–ALL THE PEOPLE!–through books and stories.

So my answer to the question posed by 30 Day Blog Challenge is the same as my answer in class.

I can’t NOT do this for one more day. I have to blog and I have to find a way to make it really work.

I committed to starting a blog that matters with 30 Day Blog Challenge, not because I think the blog in and of itself matters, but because I matter, writing matters, people matter.

You matter.

So I’m writing this blog for you: because I can’t NOT do it anymore.

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