So ... I QUIT MY JOB!! I gave notice six weeks ago and this is me heading into my last day today! . I’m taking a big leap to make more room for what I love the most: my family and writing and creating. For the past six years I’ve been a full time science writer for Arizona State University and am so thankful for the experience. I learned so much about writing, marketing, and design. I worked with talented and creative people who I could laugh with and truly call friends. We went on crazy tangents at meetings, brainstormed ridiculous article titles, and had contests to see who could write the smallest. I loved working for a university with a mission of inclusion in higher education and meeting so many brilliant researchers. . I’ve quit jobs I didn’t enjoy before. That’s easy. Quitting a job you’ve really enjoyed is hard and of course not going to another job has significant financial impact. This was a decision with lots of careful thought and planning and saving. . But I’m so excited. After nurturing my creative passions during nights and weekends for years I’m ready to give my own work some of my best energy and some daylight hours. . And I’m ready to slow down the pace of our life. I’m excited to have more time with the boys at these perfect ages of 5 and 3. . The new @higirlsnextdoor episode next week will have more about this big change and I’m looking forward to dusting cobwebs from my blog in the coming months and sharing what I’m working on. . So many people have been cheering me on including the creative community here and online - whether I know you in person or not, thank you!! My colleagues were so supportive and gave me the perfect send off - thank you!! And of course @practicallyawesomechris is my number one cheerleader and didn’t hesitate for a second in doing everything he could to make this big change possible for me - xox. . On to a new chapter!✨
We often hear them laughing and talking in their room before they get up.💕
Carpool coffee date with my handsome guy (except actually I’m just drinking my usual tea from home 🍵😊).
One of my life rules is “always bring a book.” I don’t always remember to follow it — and then inevitably am so annoyed at myself when suddenly I have to wait somewhere or lunch plans fall through and I waste a reading opportunity. This morning on my way to run errands by myself I almost didn’t bring a book but remembered: always bring a book. So I didn’t mind at all when I got to a store 30 minutes before it opened and found myself with a cool breeze, hot tea, and a cozy mystery.✨ Always bring a book! #kelseyreadinglately
I’m still feeling all moony and nostalgic about Dash turning 5. I’ve been thinking a lot about his birth and what it was like to become a mother, and those early days of intuitively knowing and also completely not knowing what I was doing. And I love thinking about all the things we’ll do this year — and all the rest. . If you’re a mama or parent, do you have rituals to mark your child’s birthday that are just for you? I’m thinking of having a mug of tea tonight and looking through Dash’s baby book and the journal I kept for his first two years. ❤️
Five years ago today I made myself chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast and assured everyone texting me that I didn’t feel anything — surely my baby would not arrive on his due date. By 11 pm that night we met our 9.5 lb radiant boy with the most expressive eyebrows.✨🤨 Happy five trips around the sun Dashiell!💛