Sunday, June 8, 2014

Ten Years Ago Today

Ten years ago today, I sent this e-mail message to many of my friends and colleagues:

June 8, 2004

Dear Friends,

I quit my job this morning.

Many of you know that for some time I have not felt fulfilled working in the computer education field. I decided about a year ago, after nearly a decade and a half of doing (more or less) the same kind of work, that it was truly time for me to work toward doing something else with my life. Now I'm happy to say that starting very soon I will be moving in a direction I'm very excited about.

In the fall I will enroll in the MFA program in creative writing at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, where I've been fortunate enough to have been awarded a Teaching Fellowship. For the next two years I'll be working on a second master's degree and teaching English 1101 and English 1102; I may even be able to teach an introductory literature course during my second year, and maybe even an undergraduate creative writing class.

Anna and I will be moving to Madison, a small town thirty miles south of Athens and forty miles north of Milledgeville. It's not especially close to GCSU, but Madison is a beautiful little town, and it will make for a pleasant commute to Milledgeville that will give me plenty of time to listen to audio books. Furthermore, Madison is a location that will allow Anna to keep her job as the media specialist at CJ Hicks Elementary School in Conyers, a critical aspect of this whole venture, as she will soon become the primary breadwinner in our family.

We've already bought our house in Madison and are in the process of moving in; we expect to have our house in Lawrenceville on the market early in July. If any of you are interested in possibly buying it, either as a primary residence or as an investment property, we'll sell it cheap. No kidding. Let me know if you'd like to come look at it.

I'll be working at MeasureUp through the end of July, and starting school on August 12th. (Classes start on August 18th, but I have two days of orientation the week before that.) I will be keeping in touch with you to let you know how my new life is going.

Chris Burdett

It's hard to believe it's been ten years since I had full-time job! In many ways I'm happier now...but I do miss the corporate-world money.

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