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Finding “THE” balance between my career and my personal life.

Where can I begin?

Welcome BACK!

If you are new, hi!

To be honest I don’t even know where to start. Finding a healthy balance between my career and my personal life has not been easy at all. My main goal by December is to have it worked out to a point that I don’t feel guilty for spending less time with my amores.

Why change? I personally am in a place where I love my career. I honestly love what I do. However, I feel the need to start setting boundaries between both to prevent me from “burning out” and start on building a stronger life I’ll be proud of. I realized that I’ve distanced myself from my extended family. I’m in a very long healing pathway right now.

Things that I’ve changed so far:

  1. I’ve been trying to leave my classroom at a decent time. With meetings taking up most of my afternoons, I’m trying my best to leave as soon as I possibly can to spend the rest of the afternoon at home. (Even if that means working on school work at home.)
  2. Stopped comparing my life to others. It’s super easy to get sidetracked by what others are doing. For example, watching someone else balance their life so easily. I constantly remind myself that everyone has a different story and priorities. My life is a little complex but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I have two amazing teachers I admire and aspire to be like. Their priorities are in order and they do an extraordinary job teaching!
  3. Learning to say, “No.” I hate not being able to help others at times but I’ve learned that my time is valuable and there are going to be times when I have to pick myself over others. Nothing personal, it’s impossible to make everyone happy.
  4. Having an agenda. That’s right! I’ve invested in a small calendar, I have it color-coded with important dates connected with my career and personal events. I’ve also merged it with the calendar on my cellphone.
  5. Confirming appointments! Time is very valuable, so I’ve been confirming plans with my family members/ friends 24 hours in advance.
  6. Being open to evolving. Evolving is not something that happens overnight and it’s an ongoing process. It can also look very messy before it gets better so I’m learning to be even more patient.

That’s all I have, for now, thank you!

Thank you for joining me on my new journey as an educator. I can’t wait to continue to grow! Don’t forget to be kind and love one another. & always lead by example!

✐ 𝙼 𝚒 𝚜 𝚜  𝙻  𝙼  ♡

 

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Teacher Tired:​ A level of tiredness I did not know existed! + FREE SUPPLIES

Welcome back!

If you are new, Hi!

I am so excited! I just realized I gained a couple of new friends on here!

Update: I lost track of what week this is (Week 3) for me! As many of you may know, I spent the first week of school working with my kiddos in K. With this said, I am now working with my regular first through fifth-grade kiddos and will start serving my K kiddos next week!

Feeling: I’ve been having a difficult time adjusting to my BTS schedule. I wake up at          5:25 am every morning and usually get home around 5:00 pm. As you can tell my sleeping schedule is all over the place! I’ve been spending most of my time doing my LP and looking up research-based interventions for my kiddos. I believe I discovered a new level to tiredness I had no idea existed!

Personal Life: Although my work schedule is currently a little intense at the moment, I am so blessed to be surrounded by my friends!  Seeing them and catching up with them is seriously the best therapy!

Current Goals: I am currently trying to stop drinking Coca-cola but it seems harder than I thought it would be! I also want to make more “teacher” friends! I even started my very own teacher Instagram!  So add me on there it is: _teachingwithjoy

Current Coping Strategies: Avoiding Caffeine, journaling, yoga (my version of it lol )

Side Note: I’ve been obsessing over succulents plants (Echeveria elegans) but I am afraid I will not care for them properly, any advice?

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Orientation Update! Wooot Wooot!

Welcome back! How are yall? I hope everything is going absolutely wonderful! So this week was pretty much a week full of PD! PD is the abbreviation for Professional Development. I can’t wait to share with yall how my week looked. Stick around!

Food:  The county that I work for SPOILED us! They completely fed us! From breakfast to lunch! They even had desserts every day! If you know me, you know I am a foodie! I love food!

Monday: I was so anxious! I arrived there at 7 and signed in. They served us breakfast and I had the opportunity to meet with different educators (mainly elementary & middle). I was completely excited when I saw not one, not two, but THREE teachers that were formerly in a different district where I completed my internship and student teaching!  I also met up with a new colleague. (She was my buddy for the whole week, so grateful to have her in my life!)

Tuesday: I had dairy! So you know my day was going downhill towards the end. Yet, I was so excited! We received a ton of PD! My brain was fried! The orientation took place in a building where I used to attend back in HS so it was such an extraordinary experience as I walked around the halls and sat in the classrooms I used to back in HS. I spent most of my lunchtime reminiscing about everything including better choices I could have made. I also had the opportunity to connect with a couple of new HS teachers and counselors! Towards the end, I found my Tieks’ sister! Yessss! You read it right! I rarely bump into people that actually like my shoes. Can you imagine how excited I was as she approached me! Felt like that was a sign!

Wednesday: I reunited with a spokesperson (that had previously walked into my class last year for observation) and I was so excited that she remembered my kids, my lesson, and me! I was so flattered! Again, the food was AWESOME! We also received tons of PD! By the end of the day, I felt even more excited to fix up my classroom and redo the “comfort corner” with bright colors. I also learned about the 60bmp, I plan to incorporate it in my class! I also ordered TONS of books on amazon to assist me in this journey.

Thursday: Half Here Half There! Referring to half-day orientation and half-day back at our school! Of course, I am not completely new to the school but it was so exciting to see how everything will be scheduled by the very beginning! I had a delicious smoked turkey classic meal! I also officially checked out the teacher laptop that I’ll be using in school. I continued to drop a couple of boxes of folders and paper in my classroom.

Friday: My official first day of Pre-planning for the 2019-2020 school year! It started with Waffle House and ended in tears! Jajaja *Cries in Spanish* I’m so excited for Open house!  Pre-planning is very busy! I made a larger mess in my classroom and have to go back tomorrow (Saturday) to clean up! I also need to change the food for my hummingbirds. Oh yeah! You did not see that coming, huh. It’s true! We have a bird feeder outside my classroom. It is always surrounded by hummingbirds!  I can never get them in a picture but they are always there.

Next: If you’ve stuck around for this long, seriously THANK YOU! 

My next journaling session might be a little bit different. I’m thinking about doing an overall reflection.

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My First Year Teaching = Mid Year Teaching

Hey friends! Thank you for following me on my newest journey!

There is so much going on, I don’t even know where to begin!

Let’s catch up! As many of you may know, I graduated last December. I decided to take some time off (three weeks off) to grieve and heal. I started teaching the last week of January! As you can imagine I was so excited yet nervous at the same time. I knew most of my colleagues already since exactly a year ago I completed my internship there.

Let’s talk about mental health! Since it’s my first year teaching you can imagine at the beginning I felt very overwhelmed. However, I started to realize that it is OKAY to ask for help, it is OKAY to not know it ALL yet. IT IS OKAY! With this said, starting a new occupation can be a little stressful. I started to miss all my friends from college. I started missing my second-grade kiddos, and my CT from December. I was so used to my old routine that it completely pushed me off the edge.

Meeting new people! Finding a place where you feel loved and welcome is amazing! I absolutely love my new family! I have an amazing mentor teacher and an excellent team that supports me and are available whenever I need them.

Expanding my horizons! I feel very fortunate to have the privilege to work along with a very diverse team. I’ve heard so many horror stories from other teachers about their first year teaching that made me so afraid to open up to my new peers, but I’ve realized that it is all love. Also, respect works both ways.

Kids, Kiddos, Sweethearts, Sweeties, Friends, Babies!  I am currently having the best time of my life working with my kiddos! Working with children helps me realize that everything we know has been taught. I’ve also realized how important it is to practice what we preach! Our children are ALWAYS watching! We must lead by example! I already miss my kiddos!