For the first time in 8 years I am not homeschooling any of my children, and after 18 years of practicing pharmacy in someone else’s dispensary, I will practice in my own. I’ve made a huge leap, with the support of my family, into what I hope will be a rewarding new phase in my personal and professional life.
Those who have read my blog, or visited my professional site, know that I have complained a little (and sometimes a lot) about the struggles of wanting to practice pharmacy in line with my philosophy of patient engagement and focus on learning. So I’ve made the leap to “putting my money where my mouth is” so to speak and, along with some great partners, am opening a pharmacy in Stony Plain.
As I embark on an exciting new phase of my career, my children have also had to adapt and grow. They have taken on full time school (here’s Noah’s remarks on that), more chores, my babysitting, and a different way of learning at home (less time with Mom to explore cool stuff together.) My spouse has moved his office home to be more available to them and they have embraced the changes with more enthusiasm than I had hoped.
I’ve experienced, over the past year, small ripples of growth and change and had no idea where they would lead. As the ripples converged into a wave, I’ve received much support and encouragement from family, friends and global connections. I have much to be grateful for. And yes, even though I’m sending them all to school, on their first day they still got cake for breakfast.