After 13 amazing years in Howard County Public Schools, I took a leave of absence to pursue my Masters in Fine Arts at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. It was a bittersweet day. My career had been good to me, and I always thought when I retired I would go back to school, but the time came sooner than I had planned for. Although sad to leave my community, I was more than excited to travel, make art, and to make my place in the art world. An adventure has begun!