I recently celebrated my 48th birthday. Yippee!!! Now, many women would not hazard to make a public pronouncement such as the aforementioned. However, I feel truly blessed for each year the Good Lord grants me on Earth. So, there…I said it…I’m 48!
It’s funny; each birth year brings new gifts. For example, in my search for ways to make lunch and dinner salads more balanced, nutritious and not-boring, I was blessed to stumble upon a wonderful blog. Not only did I achieve my initial goal, but I also have discovered a new way to eat in order to lose some weight, and, more important, to become healthier in the process.
I am also blessed with wonderful friends who are suggesting that it’s time to move on from my present place of employ, and to place myself on a tw0-year career plan. I am seeking a leadership position which will allow me to remain in the classroom. While teachers are certainly leaders in their own right, I want to parlay my strong skills in pedagogy, and lead a school’s academic program.
Last, and speaking about my place of employ, I am learning to focus less on the parts over which I have no real control – my colleagues, the leadership of the school, and the day-to-day administrative sloppiness – all of which used to lead to a truck-load of frustration for me – and more on the parts over which I do, which is, my teaching. I communicate via email with colleagues only when they communicate with me, or, when I need something, which isn’t very often. Additionally, I have created alternative lunch spaces for myself. I do eat one to three times in the dining room with colleagues, but, on the days I don’t I eat in my classroom, and I’m fine with that. It provides a quiet place to decompress, and to ready myself for my next class.
So, that’s where I am.