September is coming to an end this week and with it, my first month not working for the same school district I had been with for the last 16 years. A lot of people have asked me how this new change has been for me and it has been hard to put into just a few words how I feel about the drastic change I’ve made. It has been so amazing.
I would be lying if I said it hasn’t been an adjustment. I haven’t had one week look similar to another. I’m spinning more plates than ever, really. I am teaching at Taelin’s school three mornings a week, teaching classes at Young at Art, writing (probably not enough but I am trying), working at Taelin’s dance studio (behind the front desk…not teaching dance because I can’t even walk without injuring myself) and then doing all the mom/wife things too. Yes, lots of spinning plates, but I like every single one of them. A lot.
Last week I was working with a kid on their writing. I had done a lesson about memoir and using the simple everyday events from our lives when writing. He had told me he liked his piece but didn’t like his ending. We talked for awhile and looked back at the example I had used during the lesson and he made a decision about how he wanted to end this piece. And it hit me, I was teaching again. Really teaching. And it felt so good.
I couldn’t do this without Joe. I hope I have told him that enough. I appreciate everyday I had the support to make this change. I am incredibly grateful for him.
There are still times I am tired at the end of the day or feel like I am not getting everything done that I wanted to, but I am so much more at peace with what I am doing. I am in the right places with the right people and I am so incredibly happy.