Monday, April 27, 2009


My days of calling myself a student are quickly falling away. I have always been a student, even in my two year hiatus; I still called myself a student because I had a sneaking suspicion that I would pursue a master’s degree soon. Now as I enter into the final six weeks, I’m ready to shed my student’s skin. It’s difficult to think about giving up that title, when I’ve held tightly to it for so long. Though, I will soon hold claim to the title of social worker, I still feel that sliver of loss in parting ways with the life I’ve known all these years.

I think it was Mr. Rogers that said it best,

"Transitions are almost always signs of growth, but they can bring feelings of loss. To get somewhere new, we may have to leave somewhere else behind."

That being said, I’m ready to transition to a career of doing what I love, but I’m not sure I’m ready to transition to a new place. People keep asking me if I am going to stay in Portland or move back to Seattle. As much as I ache for my people in Seattle, I’m not quite done with Portland yet. I haven’t gotten my fill. I just have that deep gut feeling that God has more in store for me here and that’s enough assurance for me that this city is where I am meant to be.


rachel rianne said...


i want to be there for however long time allows. maybe a weekend? maybe a week? maybe for a job? who knows. but i want to come and SEE you and the willamette. :)

Jeffrey said...

and let that be enough

I am Kate Maxwell said...

that last one was me...

Shannon said...

YEAH! come to Portland for a weekend, a week or a lifetime!
this city is cool and needs a rachel rianne :)

and thanks for the clarification kate...i was wondering who jeffrey was :)