June 7, 2011

and that's a wrap.

It's official: I have my Masters in Creative Writing & Publishing :) 

And I'm giddy, I really am, because this is something I wanted deeply, so deeply, for so long. This is something I did simply because I wanted to--because I decided that I deserved to pursue a degree in the art I love most. It can be hard to give yourself the permission and the time to do what you love, but how rewarding it's turned out to be, how fulfilling. 

It's that feeling of fullness that's swept over me today--the sensation of brimming, bursting with satisfaction and relief and a whole lot of gratitude. Gratitude for the opportunity, for the experience, and for the family and friends who have helped me along the way. (Oh, and a very special shout out to Radley for being the most patient, kind, and wonderful of readers... Seriously, he's read just about every word I've ever written! What a trooper.)

I love this next phase, when it's the end of one chapter and the next one lies just ahead. It's that "on the brink" time when anything's possible, when hope uncurls itself--rises up from a corner of your heart--and the word maybe repeats itself again and again in your mind like a mantra, like a promise.

Here's to wonderful endings and (hopefully) incredible beginnings.
And in the meantime: big thanks to all of you for being oh-so-supportive along the way!

(Photo: Karin A)

33 comments:

julierosesews said... [Reply to comment]

yaaaaay, congratulations! that's so exciting!

sherri lynn said... [Reply to comment]

Congratulations! I also love the feeling of embarking on a new beginning. And I love this picture!

Annie said... [Reply to comment]

congratulations!

Maria said... [Reply to comment]

Yay! That is so exciting! Congratulations!

wilybrunette said... [Reply to comment]

huzzzzzzahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

Maura said... [Reply to comment]

congratulations and best of luck!

vintch said... [Reply to comment]

oh congrats sweet friend! what a fabulous accomplishment!

something-pretty.net said... [Reply to comment]

Congratulations!!! I know the next chapter is going to hold some amazing things, and I can't wait to read your first book someday :)
Lisa

Lillian (Unstitched.) said... [Reply to comment]

Congratulations!! I'm so thrilled for you - there's so much possibility to come for you in the future :) Can't wait to see where it leads...

Carissa said... [Reply to comment]

that's amazing! congrats!! I see great things ahead... :)

ChinkyGirLMeL said... [Reply to comment]

Oh wow! That is great news! Congrats sweetie!

lrs said... [Reply to comment]

congratulations!

Ana* said... [Reply to comment]

what an accomplishment :) congrats!!

Nicole Marie said... [Reply to comment]

congratulations congratulations!!! such an accomplishment!!

Paula said... [Reply to comment]

Congratulations!! :) :)

Allie said... [Reply to comment]

Congrats! It must feel so wonderful to finally be completely done with school!

becky said... [Reply to comment]

Congratulations! I hope you don't mind me saying this--especially since I've started reading your blog only just this past year--but I am proud of you. It is such an achievement, getting the degree itself. But what I think deserves greater praise is that you were so completely unafraid of pursuing something you loved. You didn't dive under the pressure of doing something out of necessity but, like all art should be (and, for that matter, degree level education), you did it out of passion for the subject. And that, I feel, is inspiration and lacking so much in this world. (At least, it lacks and pales and shrinks over here, in England).

Cassie said... [Reply to comment]

Congrats L! I wanted to tell you on twitter last night but I knew you were gonna make a post. So proud of ya! I know your relieved and I find it encouraging of how you took that step and did what you love. I would love to get my masters...let me rephrase that...I'd love to have the money to go back. :)

Ashley Slater said... [Reply to comment]

how have I missed your blog for so long? ahh, it is lovely...like spring time. pretty pretty pretty. and so are you!

I am working towards my BA in English...yeah, I am 25 and have switched my major like 4 times. no big deal. haha

following you!!

-ashley
Adventures of Newlyweds

Heidiopia said... [Reply to comment]

How exciting, LM! Congratulations on your achievements AND for going after your dreams. :) All the best from Heidiopia!

brlracincwgrl said... [Reply to comment]

Congratulations! So wonderful :)

PhotoPuddle said... [Reply to comment]

Huge congratulations! What a fabulous achievment.

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]
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Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

Big CONGRATULATIONS!! BISOUS!

.Jessica. said... [Reply to comment]

Congrats!!! I can relate to the challenge that is grad school and the feeling of finishing is SO sweet.

adornjoy.com said... [Reply to comment]

Congratulations! I'm about to embark on my own journey, something I want to do for myself too. This is inspiration for me. Congrats and good luck in your next chapter!

Laura Marie said... [Reply to comment]

You guys are the best. Thankyouthankyouthankyou all :)

Caiti said... [Reply to comment]

So excited for you!!! How awesome! Even though I haven't ever met you in person, I truly am feeling proud of you! I am excited to see what happens in next for you. Many kudos, girl!

Oh, My Darling said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, congratulations!!! What an amazing accomplishment!!!!

Tracy-Girl @ Then I Got To Thinking said... [Reply to comment]

Congratulations, girl!! You have so much to be proud of :)

Kayla Poole said... [Reply to comment]

From a fellow recently appointed "master;" congratulations! Isn't it the BEST feeling? Hope you are having lots of yummy celebratory drinks this weekend :)

Julie said... [Reply to comment]

So happy for you and feeling very inspired. I loved how you acknowledged the difficulty of allowing yourself the time to pursue what you love. I have to start getting serious about studying for the GRE so I can feel the way you feel now in about two and half years. haha!

Lizzy said... [Reply to comment]

I've recently decided to purse a degree in English and writing. I went from wanting to go into the medical field to English, realizing writing it what I'm good at and love to do. Was just wondering if you could give advice on what made you pick creative writing and publishing, and how you like your current job. There's so much to pick from when wanting to get a degree in English and it's so over whelming! Thanks and a super bleated congrats on your masters.