And just like that…I did it!

It seems like an eon ago that I started my Master’s Program, but I have done it! I have FINALLY finished. After hours and hours, years of schooling and research (and a 68 page paper) I have graduated. I now have my Master’s Degree in Cosmetic Science!! It has been a long time coming and I can’t believe I was able to get it done with a new baby (now a toddler) and during a pandemic no less. It is crazy to think that I am done. I have essentially been in some sort of school for most of my life and now there is this empty space in my time. It’s incredible. And frightening. Now what?! What should I be doing with this new degree?! The answer is…I have no idea. In a different stage of my life that might have been an easy question to answer, but now, not so much.

I have always had a clear path (maybe winding, but clear) as to what my next goal was, but now I feel like I am stumbling in the dark a bit. I am in a stable job that pays the bills, but is it something that I can see myself doing for the next several decades. Unfortunately, no. So here I am, sitting at my computer, in the process of buying a new house and pregnant with our second baby and I have ABSOLUTELY no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life. Would it be nice to say that I can be a stay at home mom and do a little something on the side for some extra cash. Yes, it would, but we aren’t there yet. Would I absolutely love to be in the lab researching new and interesting beauty products…of course, but there isn’t that opportunity where we live (at least not that I have found yet!). Where does that leave me? I just don’t know.

For now, I will continue to sell my wares in my Etsy shop (and hopefully get more time to do that!)…shameless plug, I know…and try to make it to my due date. Once that has happened I will revisit the job hunt šŸ™‚

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