I made a decision this week to withdraw from my PhD study - in the end it wasn't even a hard or a big decision - it just came to me - I didn't want to do this anymore. Ahh, clarity - how wonderful it can be!
I have been struggling for a while now with how to combine full time work, family and friends, reading and enjoying life in general with my studies - it just wasn't working and I couldn't see how it ever really could. I have completed other post graduate study in the past but that was nothing compared to what was being expected of me for this research. It really hit me over the weekend when I thought that my PhD just wasn't a priority in my life at all - there are so many other things I want to be doing and experiencing in my life right now.
I do love to learn and to study - and I think I will go back to some type of formalised study in the future - but for now I want to enjoy all the randomness and variety that life can bring me. Can't wait!