Yesterday I sent in my official letter of resignation, so I think it is really happening: Effective October 16, 2012 my title will go from Visiting Clinical Instructor at the University of North Carolina School of Social Work to Stay at Home Mom. Wow!
There are definitely things I will miss about working. The paycheck comes most quickly to mind, but the more fulfilling things at work are definitely my friendships with my office team and the faculty at the School of Social Work, my interactions with the Student Ambassadors in the program I coordinate, and even though it can be exasperating at times, I like being the first contact from the School of Social Work for most prospective students. Working on the recruitment end allows me a small part in creating the highest quality of program possible, and it's inspiring to work with young people who are 100% all about creating change in their world.
However, as my body is growing and requiring more down time, and as Giovanna's education becomes more demanding (first days of coop preschool and ballet class are this week!), sometimes it feels like October 16th can't come soon enough. I have to admit, the idea of not having to get up for work sounds really good a lot of mornings when that alarm goes off. I really enjoy my job, but my jobs at home are starting to require more of me, and this timing feels really good for a transition. In about seven weeks (!) I will be outnumbered by my children, and I feel really good about taking this chapter for them. For now, this is definitely the right thing for us!