December 27, 2023

Happy end of 2023. As the year comes to an end, I wanted to share some personal news.

I've been on the faculty at MUIH since 2007. I began working in the Herbal Medicine Department full-time shortly after graduating from Georgetown, and over the years I've worked my way up to a full professorship.

Last week, I decided to step away from this role at the end of January.

I went back and forth about the decision for a long time.

I've loved being at MUIH, and I'm a better teacher, clinician and person because of my work with the students and faculty there.

There are so many reasons to stay on, and still, I've chosen not to.

Some admin-type things came into play: The university is getting acquired, which, for most faculty & students is a really great thing! And, in my particular situation, there are some downsides. I'll spare you the boring details.

The biggest piece of the equation, though, was listening to a little voice inside of me that knows it's time to go.

Giving up the title, the structure, the resources, the regular paycheck, and the other benefits associated with working at a university is hard.

The universe has sent so many signs that I'm bumping up against the borders of what I can do within the university framework, though. If I want to continue growing, I think I can do so more effectively out on my own.

I'm sharing this story because I know we all eventually arrive at inflection points, where we're making big decisions that aren't clear-cut.

Sometimes it's helpful to hear about others who've reached a fork in the road, too, and that is my intention here.

More soon on what's in store for Bloom & Grow. Thanks so much for reading these notes. I'm glad you're here πŸ’š

Take care,

Camille

p.s. Early bird pricing for my newsletter lab course ends Dec 31There won't be a reminder email about it since it's a smaller pilot course. If one of your plans for 2024 is to write a newsletter to build your practice, I think you'll find this course is just the thing.

About Camille Freeman, DCN, RH (she/her)

Hi there! I'm a clinical herbalist and nutritionist specializing in fertility and menstrual health. I run the Monday Mentoring community of practice and also offer continuing education programs for practicing herbalists and nutritionists (Check out this year's Deep Dive!). I'm also a former professor with the Maryland University of Integrative Health, where I taught physiology, pathophysiology, and mindful eating for 17 years. 

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