So, we had a massive electrical storm last night here in the metro area. Even though I’ve now been here for ten years, with plenty of thunderstorm experience to draw from, I still get a little freaked out over the ear-splitting claps that bowl over the point where the plains collide with the Rockies (where we just happen to be). I can count on the number of times storms like these hit my hometown in central California on less than a hand. Soaking rain, sure, but thunder and lightening? Nah…
Storms aside, I’ve been away for more than a couple weeks, transitioning from my former life as a school psych and getting ready for the next phase – being a full-time writer (copy and travel), photographer and graphic designer. Now it’s summer break, but this one feels different. My anxiety levels will not rise once August rolls around, because I’ll be free from the constraints of a school year calendar. Now I determine my own path, and it’s exhilarating, scary, wonderful, energizing and paralyzing all at once. Just like any new great unknown venture in life.
The first order of business was taken care of yesterday. I’m part of a virtual learning community from American Writers and Artists Institute (AWAI), an organization I’ve been connected with off and on for about 10 years. I’ve always wanted to write copy, but I just wasn’t sure what to do, and I didn’t have the right frame of mind to persist with it. But now that web copy has opened up as a viable opportunity, I’m going back to learning from AWAI and with their help, finally become a working copywriter. Through them, I’ve also started my travel writing and photography, and definitely plan to keep that going.
Second, in two weeks, I’ll be heading back to San Francisco and taking a photography course from National Geographic. I’m really psyched about this one, because it’ll be learning something I’m passionate about in my favorite city in the world. RA and I will be staying in a rental, not an apartment, so we’ll get to live like locals. I promise to post lots of pictures when I’m there.
Expect more from me in these “lazy” summer months. I’m ready!