Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The End Of An Era

I quit my job. 

I moved to Massachusetts to live with my parents for the summer. 

I'm moving to Seattle in September to start grad school at Bastyr University

I just started an online biochemistry course and it scares me. 
More than organic chemistry did.

I moved out of Brooklyn, the only place that has ever felt truly right to me. 
But which has been feeling wrong for a long time.

I miss it. 
And Seattle seems suddenly very far away.

But I'm ready.

I've been trying for weeks to tell you my news.
My exciting news, which means very little to you...
but which has made my world seem topsy turvy.
I can't seem to steady my feet under me.
So today I won't try to write a perfect blog post.
I'll just spit it out.
I moved. I'm moving again soon. 
Life is changing. 
It's the end of an era.

And now it's time to get back to what grounds me in the here and now.
It's time to get back to the kitchen.
Who knows what I'll come up with.
A lot of gluten-free flops I'm sure.
And a few successes sprinkled in there.
My life will keep changing.
And I'll keep cooking.
And I hope you'll continue to come along for the journey.


Maggie said...

I will definitely continue to come along for the journey! Can't wait to see where this next step takes you Iris. You will likely love the West Coast - what's not to love! Good luck and enjoy.

Jondahl said...

You're so brave Iris! Good luck with biochem, my mother just struggled through chemistry, I'm sure she'd be happy to commiserate. Maybe see you over summer :)

Farty Girl said...

I agree with what Jondahl said. You are brave. It is not easy to move across the country. But you can do it. Know this - at any point, you can always come home again! We'll all be hear offering virtual shoulders and hugs through words. Good luck! :)

Britt said...

Good for you! I find it's always those unsettling decisions that make you feel like you're stepping off a cliff that turn out to be the best. Seattle is an incredible city (and very GF-friendly!)--I can't wait to hear about all of your adventures there. :)

gfe--gluten free easily said...

I didn't realize that you were going to Bastyr! That's such an excellent and well-known school. This is awesome news, Iris ... very scary, but still awesome. I just read about how we still feel fear when we are about to do some of the most exciting (and right) things in our lives. The key is not to let the fear hold us back. You are not, and I applaud you! I'll be following along every minute.

Many hugs and congratulations!

Cindy said...

Beautiful photo! I just moved to Bellingham (90 miles north of Seattle) last year and am loving it here. Hope you enjoy Seattle. I'm finding the area to be very gf friendly.

And don't worry about the biochem - you'll get it, even the dreaded Krebs cycle.


Chelsey said...

Wow! Some big changes are happening for you. Seattle is no Brooklyn, but I'm sure you'll have fun none the less. I hope you get the break you need at your parents place, and good luck in the kitchen!

Valerie at City|Life|Eats said...


I lived in Brooklyn myself, and was heartbroken to move out - it was for career and personal reasons, very positive changes, but I was completely heartbroken. It has taken me almost 2 years to understand that while it was the only place I have ever felt truly at home, it also was not right for me in other ways.

Best of luck in your new endeavors!

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

We're in the midst of a double move ourselves, so I have empathy. =) It will all come together. Take time to enjoy where you are today and don't worry about tomorrow.

Diane Melnik said...

How awesome!

Seattle, the land of MY home. It's beautiful. . People can get carried away with the whole "rain" thing, yet Washington is a state of discovery.

There are many islands and separate parts, of the state, that have many activities, different kinds of people, food, plants, homes, everything. Each have their own uniqueness. :)

And about the weather condition, when the weather is not hectic, it's beautiful!
During the seasons of wet, it can be a children's playground.

saxifrage said...

Lovely! So glad you shared about what lies ahead for you... I'd say you found the words just fine. Looking forward to hearing about your back-at-home summertime kitchen endeavors! And I totally know what you mean about all the topsy turvyness, as you well know ;-)

Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said...

Good luck with this new chapter of your life!! :)


Ariana Anderson said...

First off, I'll definitely be coming along with you for the journey!
I feel for you in this frightening time you are having with moving and missing old places. I too moved home to live with my parents this summer. I too miss the place I was at (my school). And I too, will move again...back to school...but not with the same friends etc. It's always a new adventure. :) Great job for diving in....."Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear." Ambrose Redmoon (one of my favorite quotes!)

Anyway, good luck with everything and I'll be "with" you all the way!!!! :)

Ariana Anderson
The Frugally Rich Life
GF, dairy-free, sugar-free recipes/frugallity

Molly said...

You will flourish at Bastyr. You'll blossom and it will be wonderful.

It is okay to be scared. It's a healthy feeling that will go away in time. You'll get through it.

We're all rooting for you.

Iris said...

Thank you everyone! Your words all give me a great boost of encouragement and remind me why I was so excited about Bastyr and Seattle in the first place!

Kim said...

Yay! Congrats! Seattle is so great, I have many friends there and just love it. I thought about going to Bastyr as well and visited, and just loved it - I was looking at their acupuncture program, but decided on a school in Portland instead - I"ll be heading out there in 2011. You will enjoy your journey, and all things that are truly worth doing have an element of risk. I can't wait to read about all the things you learn as you embark on such an awesome educational and life experience! And next time I visit Seattle, you just may get a visit from me ;)

xoxo | Kim

the actor's diet said...

wow. what a time of transition! you are going to thrive and do great. by the way, i wanted to say thank you for the giveaway goodies - i love them!

Aubree Cherie said...

Congratulations on grad school! I completely understand the topsy-turvey. I'm in the middle of moving for grad school as well. It makes me wonder how well I will be able to keep up blogging, but its become such a passion that I doubt I would let it slip through the cracks. I'm sure its the same for you too(at least I hope so, I always looks forward to your recipes and your stories :)) All the best Iris, we'll be right here with you!!!!!


briogusto said...

Wow! I am so excited for you, Iris. These changes can definitely be scary, but in the end it is always better to know you did what felt right. What are you taking at Bastyr?

Seattle IS far away from where you are now...but it is beautiful! AND, since I'm moving back to Vancouver in August, you know what that means? West Coast blogger meet-ups! potentially ;)

Ricki said...

Wow--that is so HUGE! Congrats on grad school and moving to a new city--so exciting (and brave). And of course we'll come along for the ride--I'm very much looking forward to what you'll be doing, writing, and cooking up next!

Sarah (GF vegan) said...

Congratulations on your new move! I love that each new move brings with it the potential for liberation. All the best. xxx

Tasty Eats At Home said...

I'll be here right along with you! I wish you the best of luck in Seattle! I am kinda jealous - Seattle is one of my favorite cities.


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