I've mused from time to time on this blog (most recently here) about what direction I wanted my life and career to take. Should I change jobs? Give up work to write full time? Go back to school?
Well, things have been brewing for a little while, and now I'm finally ready to announce my plans. Next week, I'll begin studying for a Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management at Capel Manor College. I'll be going there two days a week, and in the evenings I'll also be finishing up my Creative Writing certificate at Birkbeck. (I've also signed up for an advanced Classical Greek class at City Lit, just because I've always wanted to take my Greek further.)
All this, of course, means I'm not working. This won't be a problem during the 15 months of my Capel Manor course, though I do plan to look for part-time work to fit round my studies. More to the point, I hope that once I have an animal care qualification, I'll be able to find a job working with wildlife. To gain some practical experience, I've started volunteering with the Harrow Nature Conservation Forum. We spent yesterday evening cleaning trash out of a pond where a little family of moorhens live.
If I can find a way to make a living out of my two great loves - nature and writing - then I will be very happy. I'm glad I've finally taken the first steps toward doing this, and I'm very excited about the future. I hope to start blogging more often and chronicle my journey.