*The title of this post is taken from a Jo Dee Messina song, although in my case, as you shall soon see, California is definitely not the “somewhere greener, somewhere warmer” option. 😉
A very accurate representation of how he shines and lights me right up.
Well, folks, I have some big news.
The way I told everyone went like this: “Ceiba and I are moving to California.”
That was back in May/June/July. I had visited California in May for about a week and a half, and at some point, I had a big (and very unexpected) revelation. I realized that I needed to move back to California as soon as possible. In my next blog post, I’ll write more about how this all came about, clarify some points, and mention additional plans for the future.
I had actually been living and studying in California from the summer of 2011 until the end of 2014, but I ended up moving back to Costa Rica. Although I am originally “from” the United States, my family moved to Costa Rica for the first time when I was about 5 years old, and although I have lived in other countries as well, I have spent the majority of my life in Costa Rica. It feels like home to me.
But sometimes you need to leave home to further develop in new ways, explore life, and gain access to certain opportunities. I had a lot of really important and life-changing experiences last time I lived in California, but ultimately, I needed to go back to Costa Rica (“Who says you can’t go home?”, right?). This time is different though. This is the real deal… we’re in it to win it, and I’m going to be here for awhile.
Oh, yes… I’m already in California. I arrived on August 26th. Unfortunately, my darling dog is still in Costa Rica, though I plan to bring him here in early to mid 2018. I wish very much that it could be sooner, but unfortunately that’s not going to be possible. Thankfully I’ll be able to spend some time with him in January and February.
I started school three weeks ago (it’s great to be back; I have always loved and appreciated my college campus). I’m finishing up the studies needed to get my Associate’s Degree (which should be completed by the end of next year). I’ll be majoring in Psychology, but I think that I’ll also be getting Associate’s Degrees in Spanish, Humanities, and Social & Behavioral Sciences.
Then I’m going to get my Bachelor’s Degree (and ideally continue my education after that; I just have a lot to learn about the different degrees and the processes involved in getting them). The idea for my Bachelor’s is that it would be in Animal Behavior (or it looks like it might have to be in Animal Science, with an emphasis in Animal Behavior).
I’m also interested in learning more about the Karen Pryor Academy and Pat Miller’s Intern Academies or Apprentice Programs. I know that sometimes people mention Animal Behavior College, but I honestly haven’t heard very good things about it, and it’s not on my list.
I’d also like to learn more about Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers, but although it’s a lengthy, in-depth program that generally takes two years to complete, it’s solely online. Because of that (and possibly other reasons), I don’t think that it’s the right choice for me… although the 28 page syllabus thrills me, of course. If anyone has any feedback about the aforementioned options (or others), please do let me know!
This move been a great, much-needed change and an important step in the right direction. That being said, I do miss my boy so much, and I can’t wait to be back with him again… January, hurry up!
“Hey, baby, I’m missin’ you like crazy…”