In a nutshell this month has been fast and furious. It was a month filled with busy-ness from working on orders for the shop, working on content for here, and wrapping up the school year. I can officially say that I’m finally on summer break and diving head first into locking in that next teaching job. This month we also had the pleasure of having my in-laws visit (the husband and his dad enjoyed the Paul McCartney concert here in San Diego) and have the chance to connect with them and show them around town.
I am inspired by Angela’s post over on her blog, Clutter Box, where she shares her reflections from the month. I thought it would be fun to join in and share my month’s reflections and invite others to join, too!
What did you work towards this month?
- This month was all about surviving the last few weeks of the school year. These past six months I held a temporary contract with my school district to run an EAK (early admitting kindergarten) class. 20 five year olds was no joke, but definitely taught me a lot about my strengths as a teacher as well as the dynamic of a changing work culture.
- This month I also took a little pause in the blog and my shop to enjoy time with my girlfriends in celebrating a bride-to-be. I also took time off to pour myself into my in-laws who visited this last week for the first time in San Diego. It was great getting to unplug and just enjoy the company of loved ones!
Where did you spend most of your energy?
- This month I definitely spent my energy in my classroom and focused on finishing the year strong. This article by Psychology Today really helped me with my own attitudes towards working with/for difficult people.
- Refining my resume and adding items to my teaching portfolio. I’m still surprised at how many teachers don’t use a portfolio when interviewing for potential teaching positions! I love that my binder has everything I need like copies of my resume, my teaching philosophy, and transcripts…but, it also gives a visual into my teaching style with pictures and sample lesson plans. I always try to keep my portfolio up-to-date by adding new experience or expand on my narratives.
- This month I’ve been focusing on my shop and fulfilling orders for gift bags and prints. I’m excited that the summer will allow me the time during the day to pour into it as well as this blog. Starting from scratch can be daunting and a slow process, but one lesson I learned through having my previous blog is to just enjoy the ride. Having both my shop and new blog has had their share of highs and lows, but I enjoy working through those moments because it drives me creatively to be better.
What’s helped you refill the well?
- What has helped me recharge has been just unplugging and spending balanced time with my family or friends. I remember becoming so burnt out with my first blog because I poured years into it. I had minor successes with beginning to monetize it and have a steady readership. But over time I didn’t enjoy it as much and decided to step away. This time around I’m taking what I’ve learned and grow in a more authentic and natural way.
- Due to the stress of the school year I’ve noticed within myself I wasn’t happy. On the outside I was able to appear as though everything was good, but deep down I wasn’t happy in my work and when a creative is stifled that way it can be difficult to snap out of a depressed mindset. Thankfully the year has closed and there’s a sense of freedom that comes with it. To recharge I’ve committed myself to a few things:
- Weekly cycling classes at my favorite cycle studio here in San Diego.
- Drinking less alcohol.
- Focusing on healthier food/drink choices.
- Pick one book to begin reading this summer! It’s been FOREVER since I’ve read a book and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s out there. Any recommendations?
Linking up with Shaeffer for her weekly Wednesday linkup!