These prints by The Black Apple make me smile!!!
In fact lots of things have made me smile lately, life is changing......
One of the major things is I finally took the plunge and applied for a scholarship to undertake my PhD studies. And I got accepted!! So I'm going to be starting a new chapter in my life, I'll be a student again and doing my PhD in a couple of months.
What I wanted to do next in my career has been something I've been trying to figure out for awhile now, I kept tossing up in my head what I wanted and where I wanted to go. Did I want to pursue blogging as a full time job or was my heart with science, I even thought about what it would be like to just give it all up, do nothing. Blogging is something I have truley thrown myself into over the last 5 years, but truth is it is not what it was 5 years ago. I spent a long time talking with those I love, reflecting, thinking, imagining, dreaming and asking people who'd done a PhD what you have to do and what it is like. Not everyone had a positive story to tell, many told me it can be a long hard slog and you have to really want to get to the finish line, others told me it is fun and self indulgent and they'd do it all again.
Over Christmas some of you might remember I took a big break and spent time traveling around and visiting all my friends and family. It was the longest break I had taken in over six years!! I mostly took it to really look inward and think about what is going to come next. It was during that time I made the decision that a PhD is something I want to do, for myself, personal growth and for my future. I applied a month ago and was really lucky to get accepted. I was actually rather schocked because I didn't believe Id get in first go. After spending a few days letting the news sink in and now I've had time to process the fact I am going to be a student again. I've felt so much excitment and really ready and eager to get started pursuing my passion for science and knowledge.
So what does this mean for the blog? Honestly I'm not sure, I guess it will just grow with me...just like it has over the past 5 years. This blog has been a journey and I dont think that journey is over yet.
Thank you to all my amazing readers, you guys have been here with me through the last 5 years, YOU'RE the BEES KNEES!!
PS. I've been working on a new layout behind the scenes, I'm looking forward to it all being ready. Hopefully in July!!