#MayCultivate2016 Day 11: Stepping Stones


For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

What is one risk that you have taken this year that was difficult to commit to, but in the end helped you become more stable?

Rowena L. Briones writes:

As of August 2016, I will no longer be an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

As of May 2016, I do not have a new job lined up even though I just quit my current one.

I decided to walk away from the career I thought I had wanted forever to walk toward something that in my mind is more stable and fulfilling: an amazingly supportive partner and future husband, friends, family – MY community. MY home.

I will admit that it was super scary. According to some folks, it was very risky (or even a bit dumb) to give up a tenure-track position when I just started my career in the academy.

But in my heart, I knew it was right.

When you are out there in the choppy waters of uncertainty, of life, sometimes you are SO scared to take that first step, to dip your toe into something that you aren’t quite used to.

However, based on this recent experience, dipping my toe in and finding that I had stepping stones to help me find my way was not only comforting, but it also gave me the confidence and peace I needed to move forward with my decision and walk boldly and unapologetically toward this new chapter in my life.

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