The year is almost drawing to a close and I have to admit that while we might have lost some of the most talented people this year, 2016 has been somewhat a year of learning for me.
This year has been so unexpected. I didn’t have any concrete plans where my future was concerned. I just had to go with the flow. Having to start a new career was indeed daunting but I knew I needed to follow my instincts. Applying for work has never been a favourite thing for me to do. I have always hated having to “sell myself”. It’s like bragging about what you’ve done, and what you can do and why you’re so great that they should hire you. I hate that. I’m really bad at selling myself. Selling other things? That I have no issues with. Maybe it’s the confidence, or rather the lack of it. Or maybe it’s the fact that I’ve been brought up to be humble. To put myself down so others can feel better about themselves. Plus, I’m far too honest to even embellish my accomplishments, like I know how some people have done. It has gotten them where they wanted to be but then they usually fail at proving themselves. Funny that.
I had a rather slow start with picking up any relief teaching gigs that I could get my hands on. It seemed that I could nail any interviews but it’s the part where I had to actually get to an interview that was tricky. Then things started to change. I have to thank both my mentors for recommending me to the teaching gigs that helped me in some way or another. I also managed to land myself a full-time teaching position. Granted it was daunting but, I welcomed the challenge.
While I didn’t really have an easy start – who does really – I slowly got used to the ways of the students. I had amazing support from my colleagues and slowly, I guess, the students and I began to appreciate each other. We sort of began to understand each other I guess? I was in my element. Thanks to Mr. C, the kids and some friends, I managed to work out certain schedules. It was tricky in the beginning but I suppose it all worked out fine.
As a teacher I never expect huge miracles. I rejoice in the little wins. Wins such as students wanting to improve themselves. Or when they contribute to class discussions. Or when their results improve as a result of their own hard work. I had two of my students take photos of their test papers so that they could show their parents, because even they couldn’t believe that they could manage to get an A or a B for their test. And then I had a student who had never bothered to turn in his work do so. Granted it wasn’t spectacular but he did it. Even his attendance improved, which really made me want to jump for joy each time I see him turning up for my class. Like I said; little wins.
This year also saw my kids growing up in their own little ways. Miss 14 has matured a little and has finally worked out what friendship really means – well, it’s still a learning curve for her but, baby steps. Miss 13 is settling nicely in her first year of high school and Master 11 has grown some confidence too. About time.
While everything else in my life has been going well, I have to say that I have been rather slack when it came to my own health. What took me a over a year to work on, took me only 5 months to destroy. I’m talking about my body. The lack of time has caused my body to NOT be the svelte size 8 that I started off with. I’m now an in between an 8 and a 10 – closer to a 10. No big deal I know, but I can see the difference! I can even feel it! The lack of stamina is just HORRIBLE!
I’ve signed up with the group exercise again and I’m trying to run when it’s not too hot. I’ve also begun to swim laps. SLOW laps, in my pool. If only the rain would let up! Can’t just keep stuffing my face without exercising hey?
I have no idea. Well, I’ll be working full time still. I will be super busy and with the new year comes new challenges. New classes to teach. New issues to face too, I suppose.
I’m hoping to run the 1/2 marathon at least before I hit 45. We’ll have to see if my motivation for exercise will still be there once work starts up again. I have no idea if I’ll still be running this blog in 2017. Once my website registration lapses, I don’t think I’ll be renewing it. I’ve lost interest I guess. I don’t have the time or energy to write anymore, as much as I do love the escape once in a while. We’ll have to see.
Here’s to new beginnings I guess!
Tell me, what have you been up to so far? What are your plans for 2017?