Hello and happy Saturday. I have to leave the house in five minutes for a rumba class, so let’s make this quick and pain free.
I think you’ve noticed that for the past few Saturdays there hasn’t been a teaching-related post, and there is a reason for that. I often plan my posts in advance, you know that, but for a while I’ve felt like I don’t have the energy to put together teaching posts, not even when all I need to do is take pictures of what I do in my classes and share them with you, in a “week in review” kind of thing. I’ve been extra busy these weeks, both at work and at home, up to the point in which I’m almost overwhelmed. Almost.
On February 1st I quit my job, or rather, I announced that I would work until the end of the month. That means that, yes, as you read this, I am officially unemployed. I am going to move to Baltimore all the way from Bogotá, Colombia, this June. I will be part of an alternative certification program and I will be teaching in a public school. On March 7th, I will be traveling to Baltimore for an event, and I will also be running errands and getting to know the city that will be my home.
Before I continue, I must say that I’m not in here trying to justify my decisions. I’m not even trying to explain myself; I’m just updating you on something I’ve had to kept a secret for months from many people. I wanted to get that out of the way because I know your logic might tell you “well, she’s just leaving for a week in March (and one in May), and she’ll be moving in June, she could’ve worked things out without quitting her job.” Believe me, I tried to plan everything that way, for the sake of my students and the job I’m leaving behind, but this decision isn’t about them, it’s about me. And in thinking about me, I had to consider my emotional and mental stability, and I had to be realistic: I couldn’t be traveling back and forth while working a full time job.
I decided that I needed time and space. I needed to be able to make arrangements, to buy plane tickets, to cross out items from my to-do list without the pressure of also fulfilling my duties as a school teacher. Quitting was tough, and I mean everything about quitting: gathering the strength and choosing the right words, dealing with the principal’s reaction, telling my close friends at school even though I officially couldn’t announce it to anyone. But it was more freeing than anything else, knowing that I’d have 28 days of closure, and then I would continue with the next stage of my life.
I took 28 days to enjoy my classes and make memories, to leave everything as ready as it could be for the next teacher to come. I took 28 days in which I got home to continue working on school stuff, my Portuguese classes (yes, I take Portuguese classes, how come you didn’t know that), and on the program I’m going to attend in June. And we haven’t even talked about my personal life! Well, we’re not going to talk about it now, but let’s just say that didn’t contribute to the mess that was my brain, either. Imagine if I’d decided to keep working full time.
Why am I writing this on a Saturday and not any other day? Well, I’ve already told you the reason why I haven’t been publishing any teaching posts, and now that for the next few months I won’t actually be teaching, I just can’t promise weekly content. I have ideas of resources I want to create and sell on TpT, and I’ll post about them here, of course, but other than that, the teaching content will go on a semi-hiatus. You’ll still get the bookish and the lifestyle posts because I have many of those scheduled in advance, and I keep writing those on a regular basis.
If you have any ideas of suggestions of posts you would like to read, let me know in the comments, maybe while I go back to teaching I can do different tags or talk about particular aspects of my profession.
Love, Miss Camila