it’s official

i have a new job.

as of august 3, i will be a federal employee with the national institutes of health.

reaching this decision was one of the more stressful times in my life — thinking, rethinking, deciding, changing my mind, thinking again — in fact, i was occupied with nothing other than this for the past few weeks.

somewhere in all of my thinking, i started reflecting on my professional journey and wondering how i ended up here.

when i was a child, there were four things i wanted to be when i grew up — a veterinarian, a teacher, an astronaut and an architect.

needless to say, i am not any of these, but that’s not what interests me.  what interests me, is that i see pieces of each of these occupations reflected in my life.

old job and new job aside, when i look at things this way, i may not be where i thought i would be, but i seem to be exactly where i should be — surrounded by things that inspire, fulfill, challenge and delight.

things that aren’t specific to a particular career or job, things that are specific to me, my mind, my life.

a life of parts that make a whole.


…it’s a journey 🙂 congratulations!

Posted by johnwaire | photo on 24 July 2009 @ 10am

I enjoyed reading this, Heather; it fills out what you were sharing with me last week.

Reflection for me always brings clarity of thought and helps guide and motivate me with a focused sense of purpose; sounds like it works similarly for you.

I smiled too at our common interests:

I love teaching; being a USAF instructor was one of my best assignments–at least 2-3 times a year I run into one of my former students . It usually starts with an “excuse me, you were Capt C, weren’t you”, and then the good memories follow. Fortunately I still get to teach in the position I’m in now.

I share the fascination with space. My minor for my MS (Geography & Remote Sensing) was Space Studies. I remember writing a paper on the Cassini-Huygens mission a decade + before it finally made it to Titan. In the 90s I actually filled out an application for an assignment as a mission specialist, but fate had other plans. So glad that they kept Hubble going…I find images of deep space so humbling and impossible to describe.

And creating; yes we share that too, and I guess that was why I enjoyed our time together last week. It was fun watching someone else oblivious to the passerby stares as she climbed into the weeds to “create” those beautiful long exposures. 🙂

Didn’t mean to write so much, but you got me started. 🙂

Hope you’re enjoying the weekend.


Posted by Mitch on 25 July 2009 @ 11am

Great post Heather! Congrats on your new position. I hope it continues to fulfill you!

Posted by Adam on 27 July 2009 @ 6am

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