While it is possible to glean from blog posts and comments a bit about each other, I am opening this post with the intent that bloggers and readers can briefly introduce themselves in the comments. I hope it will foster a better sense of community. As I recommit to blog regularly, I look forward to getting to know people better.
My life has finally slowed down a bit. I have decided not to take any classes on the side this semester to regain my sanity. But my life is still a crazy mix of work, managing my house (a second job with roommates, dogs, and maintenance projects), family, social groups, many misadventures in dating, and normal everyday to day stuff. I say the last because sometimes I have to remind myself to make time to do things like laundry.
I am a scientist in Berkeley doing drug and vaccine development. I enjoy working in the lab but am setting goals to venture out. I have a certificate in Clinical Research Conduct and Management and am starting to entertain the idea of stepping out onto a path to become a Clinical Trial Manager. I would love to be able to use my Spanish professionally. I hate to admit that while I have a good career, I didn’t really plan it (thinking it would always just be on the side).
Last year, the craziest thing I did was do a 150 hour acupressure program. Doing something more whole body and with my hands was very good for me. It also recharged my spirituality in some ways. I started doing Tai Chi and have been very intrigued by some Eastern Philosophies including Buddhism. Many of the classes I took were on Sundays providing an excuse not to go to church.
I have grown comfortable with my lessened activity. My story being I cracked in 2008 after Prop8, pieced things back together in 2009, and have had varying levels of activities since then. I served as both Relief Society secretary and Nursery leader frequently just doing my calling in either the 2nd or third hour and skipping Sacrament meeting. I am in an awesome ward that accepts me as I am – although I am not as open as I would like to think about how little I believe …. I would say that I have been agnostic for the past two years. I also like to think I am a bit of a mystic though – I just don’t have a defined notion of what exactly God is anymore. I actually just told my Bishop, whom I have been very open with, that I am taking a complete break from attending on Sundays for awhile. However, I still am committed to attend service and social groups in my ward several times a month. And I am still committed to do my calling as ward employment specialist – which involves going over peoples resumes. (I asked to be released from the Nursery before a business trip and then vacation had me traveling for two months in October and November). Anyhow, you could say that I am actively trying to negotiate it my comfort level again with the church.
Again, I look forward to getting to know everybody here better.