Oh, what a year 2016 was. From January to May, I overcame my fear and left my former career. Up to that point, I had so much doubt and anxiety; but once the decision was made, it all started to feel right. Ironically, the decision was made between Christmas and New Year’s last year. From January to May, I closed out my former job, trained my replacement and left in such a manner as to keep that door open should I need it. While doing that, I found a volunteer teaching placement in El Salvador, learnt a ton of Spanish and learned how to make some basic lesson plans. Mid-May to mid-July, I spent living and volunteer teaching in El Salvador. While I loved it and it was an incredible experience, it was never easy. But as I enter my new career, I know what it means to get off a plane in a very different culture where they speak a different language and try to make my way in the world. This was followed by a two-month rest, after which came the start of full-time graduate school to work on my Masters of Science in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
My plan is only mid-way through. Over the next eight months, I need to finish graduate school and then begin my new career in earnest. I think it will continue to be an interesting time in my life. In terms of my photography, I have been making so many images this holiday break and have a few surprises for you in the new year.
My thanks to my wife, my family and my friends both here on WordPress and in other realms of my life.
NOTE: This was by far my favorite image of 2016. While made with my camera, the photo credit goes to Joaquin Batres.