My name is Angela, and I am the author of this blog. It is always a challenge to describe myself in a manner that is concise, but the term “student of life” is probably the most accurate descriptor.
My experiences are somewhat diverse. I am an Air Force veteran who has traveled and lived in Asia. At the end of my enlistment, I returned to Florida to complete my education. After obtaining a Bachelor of Health Services, I enjoyed several positions in health services administration, including a few years as physician recruiter. However, I was most fulfilled in the clinical position of case manager for a social services agency. There, I facilitated the delivery of health care and social services to disadvantaged populations, and found that I genuinely enjoyed the process of assessing need, providing counseling, and observing clients as their circumstances and levels of self-efficacy (a person’s belief in their own competence) improved.
In my quest to formally transition from administration to professional-level clinical work, I again became a student to obtain post-graduate psychology education, with the ultimate goal of gaining acceptance into a doctoral program for Clinical Psychology. I am happy to share that I have attained that goal and was accepted into a great program which starts in August 2012.
In addition to my formal education, I have indulged my life-long interests in philosophy, culture and world religions through self-study and travel. I enjoy outdoor fitness activities, especially kayaking, biking, and hiking. I also enjoy music, movies, documentaries, and books. I love cooking. However, I recently became a vegetarian, so my culinary pursuits have become a little more . . . uh . . . “experimental.”
I have a deep interest in the ways individuals achieve balance in their lives; physically, mentally and spiritually. Chrysalides, implying metamorphosis, is a blog that stresses the themes of thought-awareness, personal development, and purposeful living. My purpose is to connect with others who share a similar interest, and to build a blog-centered community that will inspire thought.
I invite feedback and discussion, so please feel free to leave a comment. Maybe we can start a conversation and learn from each other.
Thanks for reading.
Questions? You can contact me at A.Irvin426(at)gmail(dot)com