It’s hard to believe summer is almost over. Today it was actually 80 degrees. However, I know in several weeks the chill in the air will return in the early mornings. I know this because I get up and let my chickens out pretty early.
This summer has been a busy one for me. I am studying for my Psychiatry boards again. I will be certifying for the third time. Not my favorite thing but it has to be done. I am also moving my office to my home.
I have had mixed reactions from friends, colleagues and even my patients. When I was a resident so many years ago, most of my faculty in Washington, D.C. had home offices. It was much more common. I have been busy (and stressed) renovating my home. It is going to look very different from my current space. Even the colors are different. I had yellow walls in the past and now I will have white with blue gray accent walls. I bought new comfortable chairs and I am making the office more analytic and less medical. I believe it is because I am moving into a different phase of my work. I am also over fifty now. My life is changing. I have a teenager who is heading to high school. He needs me less and less. I know I will be refocusing my energy to pursuits I had to abandon when I became a mother. So in a sense this is a new beginning. I am excited beyond belief about having a home office, but I will also have some sad feelings about saying goodbye to the office I have spent so much of the last 6 years occupying. New beginnings can happen at any age. It’s when we embrace them rather than avoid them they can be wonderful.
Hope you have a good end to your summer!