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2016 and the reset button

I’m not doing the resolution thing today because I make resolutions all year long. But one day before Christmas, my co-workers and I were discussing the toxic atmosphere that has formed in our workplace, with people making huge problems out of little ones and being disrespectful and rude and making assumptions that aren’t true and then talking about those assumptions with other people who don’t know what the truth is and anger at the whole situation…ah jeez. I need to stop thinking about this. Back to my point, a friend and co-worker of mine suggested that as a group we need to hit the reset button.

So that’s my theme for the year. RESET. I recall the best piece of advice I ever got in therapy, which was nearly worth the price of the session: Concentrate on what you can control, and let what you can’t control go. I can’t force others to hit the reset button, but I don’t have to participate in the drama. I’m hitting my reset button and moving forward with a clean slate. The next few months at work are my busiest of the year, and I ain’t got time for that shit.

Here’s what I look forward to in the coming year.

On January 11, classes begin and I am exploring the idea of getting a Masters in Library and Information Studies degree by taking the first core class through a non-degree program UNCG offers called Visions. I have registered for an online seminar in virtual communities during the second summer session. After taking these two classes I’ll make a decision whether to apply for the MLIS. The pluses are that it will cost me next to nothing because UNCG pays for three courses per year as part of my employee benefits. I won’t have to take the GRE because I already have a graduate degree. All classes are offered online or in the evenings, so I won’t have to worry about taking classes during work hours like I did with my studio art degree. The biggest plus, however, is that I have considered this for a long time because I am genuinely interested in the subject. The con is that the job market is saturated, and I’m not interested in working in K-12 schools. However, I’ll be close enough to retirement by the time I finish that maybe I’ll be able to get a part-time job OR maybe I’ll get lucky and find the career of my dreams in special collections and rare books. You can’t achieve the dream unless you try. So I don’t see that I have anything to lose.

In mid-February Susanne and I are going to take a three day bookbinding workshop with one of my favorite artists, Dan Essig. This will be the fourth class I’ve taken with Dan and Susanne’s first. Pocosin Arts is on the North Carolina coast on the Scuppernong River near the Albemarle Sound and Susanne has friends that are going to put us up for free. By mid-February I’m sure that I will appreciate a creative break from work.

We haven’t settled the dates and exact plans yet, but Sandy and I are taking a long vacation in May to explore the Pacific Northwest. Mostly Oregon, but Sandy is talking about a few other ideas. We have reserved Pam’s cabin for her May tapestry retreat so that hopefully I’ll get to see some of the Divines again, and I want Sandy to experience the specialness of the place on the cliff overlooking the Pacific. We’ll rent a car and drive down the coast and see Crater Lake National Park and drive back up and spend a day or two in Portland, OR NOT. Who knows. We might fly to Chicago and then take Amtrak to Portland. The only parts I know for sure is that we have a credit with Southwest Airlines to spend before June 1 and we are staying at Pam’s cabin for one weekend.

After May, other than the online class, who knows. Convergence is in Milwaukee in early August, and I’ve considered going even though I wasn’t able to get into the tapestry workshop I wanted. I’m going to submit a small format tapestry to the ATA unjuried show there, but I don’t have to be there – they will send me a catalog of the show.

There is a Tapestry Weavers South tapestry retreat on a Georgia sea island in October. I planned to go when the date was set in September, but then they moved the date to a time that is busy for me at work. This was a real disappointment because I was very excited about it and I hoped to have Pam fly out here and drive to the retreat with her. Oh well, that is ten months away. Who knows what might happen before then.

Okay, back to weaving Cathedral!

RESET

4 thoughts on “2016 and the reset button”

  1. Your comment about ‘reset’ reminded me of this prayer. I am not a religious person but these words reach out to me.
    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
    Reinhold Niebuhr

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  2. Happy New Year. I like the idea of resetting – sometimes it’s just what’s needed. Forget trying to deal with the baggage and just move on from where we are now. And I love the idea of library studies – it’s one of the things I’ve thought about over the last few years during daydreams of what I’d study if I ever get the chance again. I was always fascinated with librarians when I was a kid but when it came to being time to choose college courses I decided that it was the stamping out of books that I’d found fun and I was a bit afraid that I’d find the actuality of the job boring. 17 is such a terrible age to have to decide things like what to study. 🙂

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    1. Oh. No kidding about deciding what to major in at 17! I chose drama. for crying out loud. I think that you should have to abide in the real world a few years before going to college. although many people would probably never go to college that way. Some people shouldn’t be in college at that age. I was immature as hell until well into my 30s.

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  3. Libraries are evolving into information centers. I just hope it doesn’t require me to ever use a Mac. That’s why I couldn’t take graphic design courses. The learning curve of having to use a Mac in the lab doubled my time on the computer at the end of a workday on a computer. I figure if there’s only a 10 percent chance of a library job with this degree, it would be a zero percent chance without one so why not? Plus it will give me a light at the end of the tunnel to focus on when things are frustrating at work. A bit of control taking here, not much, but enough to breathe and repeat the serenity prayer (thanks, Debbie) instead of yelling Serenity Now! Serenity Now!

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