"From that point on," she said, "I just felt the need to have more stability."
Bare isn't giving up music up entirely. She's helping Ronald Neal with the music ministry at Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, where she'll also be the alto section leader in the choir. The church also has a concert series, the Kanawha Forum, where Bare will do recital work.
Since moving back to Charleston, Bare said, she's experienced some culture shock. She misses the fast pace of the city. She's also getting used to driving everywhere, instead of taking buses and the subway.
She and her family are glad she's back.
"I've never had one person say one negative thing toward me making the decision to make this change in my life," Bare said.
Moving back to Charleston and changing careers wasn't the only big change Bare has made recently. She's also lost nearly 80 pounds -- 50 of them within the past year.
"I knew that I would need to be in good health condition to start this nursing program, because it's going to be a taxing experience," Bare said. "After struggling with my weight for years, I just made the decision I just didn't want to have that issue anymore."
Reading medical literature in preparation for graduate school reinforced her determination to lose weight and make her health a priority.
"I think, in the long run, that this is going to be a really, really smart decision, and it's one I'm very passionate about," she said of starting nursing school. "I'm very, very excited about this opportunity."
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