Please excuse my sporadic blogging here at the Studio. Things have been really hectic on my side of the sky over the last few weeks.
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I've been going through a lot of decision-making processes in various areas of my life. And, as some of you may have already read through my Tweets/Plurks/FB updates, one of the things that I've ended up deciding on recently is going back to University.
Yes, today marks my first day back as a Student. This time, I'm doing a Master of Teaching in Special Education. And yes, this is the second postgraduate degree that I've enrolled in.
You see, in 2004, I was awarded a Master of Social Science in Applied Psychology. This was a few years after I finished my four-year Bachelor of Science in Psychology undergraduate degree. And, while these qualifications enabled me to become a psychologist while I was living in Singapore, there are other requirements here in Australia to become a registered psychologist. In fact, I was actually doing an approved psych registration programme through my work as a Graduate Officer in Psychology a couple of years ago in a local organisation for people with disabilities.
But, due to a "crazy opportunity" that I've come across online, that plan was put aside to pursue another dream. 😉
However, now that that opportunity has shifted gears, I knew that I'll be happiest* if I go back to my "occupational roots" --- of doing Values-Based Work that I've always loved. Something that is more than "just a job". Something that's not all about the "bottomline" or rankings or titles. Something that can really make a difference.
Sure, I know I'll always have my entrepreneurial side. I can't help it. My parents raised me with business on the brain. After all, I did start making money through business since I was 10 years old. So, no matter what I do, I'll always come up with some business idea that I can tie in to my passion. That's why even now, I already have some projects-in-the-making that relate to my current interest in kids and education.
I mean, money's great, right? Having money is even more wonderful, of course. It's no use pretending that it's not important. It is. Very much so. But, money's not everything.
Yeah, to me, the key element in a Life's Work is this: Passion.
I love being able to pursue work that empowers me to carry out such passion. And creativity. And meaning. And joy.
That's why as I sang and drummed to the beat of some silly poem (as well as marched and carried out hysterical movements to fun sounds) during my "Music + Movement Teaching" workshop today, I felt right at home.
This is something that I need to do. Right here, right now.
And, while the thought of doing assignments, presentations, and exams scare me, I'm also really, really excited as I peruse my Topic Information Booklets, Readings, and Text Books.
Will I be able to complete this graduate degree? Well, we all have 2+ years to find that out! Wish me luck.
*Bliss, being my word-of-the-year, was a good guide to my decision-making!
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In the spirit of International "Thank You" Week - and the desire to keep blogging more often, I'd like to share with you these things that I'm thankful for this week. I know I could probably make this list a bit longer. But, I'm quite fond of the number 10 when it comes to lists. So, here you go ---
2) People who take the time to thank and comfort others. Generosity. And Gratitude.
3) Great food; family meals at home (no matter how chaotic!).
4) Online friends and community; "real life" friends... for supporting me in many special, unexpected ways.
6) Finding some time to read books, do a bit of "proper writing", a little art-making, and plenty of dreamstorming.
7) My work, which is a great way to learn, grow, and feel blessed.
8 ) My husband, who takes care of a lot of things that I'm not too fond of doing - bills, taxes, and all sorts of other stuff.
9) My kids, who make me laugh and feel overwhelmed with love and pride - everyday.
10) The Beauty of Now. The Treasure of Yesterday. The Promise of Tomorrow.
What are you thankful for this week? And, have you already thanked someone lately?Read More
But, other than these 'usual suspects', I have the tendency to get attracted to certain items when I see them too. I'm always looking at and purchasing candles, for example. I love buying them in different shapes, sizes and scents. I even enjoy looking at handcrafted candles from different countries that I visit.
Teapots, for some reason, is another object that I find interesting. I'm not sure if my mom influenced me on this one. But, I definitely love the look of them. I'd be buying more teapots if I could. At this time, though, I only have half a dozen or so in my collection. The photo of the teapot you see here is from a trip to Malaysia. I have a teapot set from Thailand. And, I have a couple of others. But, I somehow haven't bought any lately.
Other things I'd love to collect more of, but don't have the money or space for include: watering cans, boxes, baskets, bottles, stationery...
I also used to collect stamps. I started when I was about 10. But, I somehow lost my drive for this over the last few years. Perhaps, the fact that I haven't really been in to snail mail letter writing like I used to be may have something to do with this loss.
What about you? Do you have a collection? If you do, what do you like collecting? If you don't have a collection yet, what would you be interested in collecting?Read More