Hello again! What a crazy year it turned out to be! After reading over my last post from November last year (yikes! It’s been awhile), I was completely unaware of what the year would hold for me. I definitely did not expect to be in that statistic about most teachers leaving the profession after 3-5 years, but here I am! Not wanting to have anything to do with elementary (or any grade level for that matter) schools, lesson plans, or children (as sad as it may sound). After barely making it through the 2016-2017 school year, I’m proud to say I stuck it out till the end with the help of my God-sent co-teacher and of course my ever encouraging husband. I won’t talk a ton about the year I’d rather forget, but I will instead focus on the good occurrences that resulted.
First of all, I made enough money for my husband and I to take a much needed cruise for our 2 year anniversary that was extraordinary. This was my husband’s first cruise and it was awesome to be able to share with him this luxury that I have grown to appreciate. My family was also able to go, so it was wonderful to have dinner with them each night, and still be able to spend time with my husband doing various excursions during the day.
The next opportunity we had was the option to actually have the summer off. I can’t tell you how incredible it was to be an anti-adult for 2 1/2 months, but still be able to support yourself. Doesn’t get much better than that! Summer was very fulfilling since we were able to focus on the aspects of life that truly matter: God, family, and friends.
I would have to say the most meaningful result of teaching this past year was how it grew my relationship with Jesus Christ. Throughout the course of the year I can tell you my walk was nonexistent and my prayer life was selfishly focused on the negatives of my situation. I always found myself asking God why he was making me go through this and if He even noticed how much I was struggling to finish out the year, much less keep it up as a career for 25+ years. I begged him to create an opportunity or open a door for me to leave sooner and get out because it was all I could take. I even found myself doubting His goodness and at some points His existence, which truly scared me.
One of lessons I had always been taught on numerous occasions growing up, but never fully understood was how God grows us the most through trials. Would I take another teaching job in my county to see how much more God can grow me? Absolutely not, but in hindsight I am thankful for the trial because it pushed me to a point of reconciliation and true devotion.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of you faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Originally, I had planned to go back to school this fall for my Master’s in Library Science, so that I could become a librarian, while also working a part time job. I was accepted to a few schools/programs, however, the financial aid I was hoping for didn’t work out. The start of this semester has a lot of potential, despite not being able to begin taking classes.
I started working as a Strategy Tutor for student athletes at the University of Florida and so far I am loving every minute. I work with students by helping them stay on top of their classes through the use of organizational skills, calendars, assisting with assignments, and other strategies to keep them on track. The lack of hours has been disappointing since I was expecting significantly more, but I have hope that some of the other part time jobs I have applied for will take an interest in me, and my workload will pick up.
As for now, I am spending my extra time making up for my lack of attention in all other areas of life outside of work. Spending time in God’s Word and praying being my number one priority, with relationships coming in second. My relational goal for this semester is to keep up with friendships back home, while also making a greater attempt to foster relationships I have started here. So far, I am ecstatic at the outcome and my change of attitude definitely speaks volumes. I can already tell a difference in my husband’s reactions to the changes, as well as my general increase in productivity of each day.
It’s so good to be back, but with a new perspective. I have a good feeling about this year and how God is going to work through me to emphasize His glory. Thanks for reading! Leave comments below!