So, I’ve been quiet on both blogs since my initial why I came off the trail post. Mostly because things were crazy and I was trying to find a new routine to settle into. But also because I haven’t been listening to that little voice in my head saying — oooh, blog about this! That’s usually how my posts work. I’m (clearly) not on a regimented schedule of posting a certain number of times in a month or a week, and I don’t really think I need to be telling everyone about my life all the time — instead I just get a gut feeling that I need to write about something. Often, it’s because I need to process it more myself.
A lot has happened since I left the trail, and I think it’s finally time to do some processing. 🙂
The trail was clearly a big adventure. I was out in the woods. I was hiking all day. I had radically changed my life style. I lived lots of hilarious moments and came back with some great stories. I’ll never forget my time on the trail.
But now what?
That’s the question that bombarded me as soon as I arrived home. What am I going to do now? Everyone wanted to know. Was I going back to the same school? Was I looking for other teaching jobs? How was I filling my time?
For those of you that didn’t get to ask me in person — here’s the short answer: I was never planning to go back to ACA this fall — it was a great place to start and I LOVE my students there, but I’m ready for something different. Most of the teaching positions were filled when I got back — slash — my NY state certification was actually still processing. So, I started looking at all sorts of jobs — waitressing, nannying, etc. It was a bit of a whirlwind. I had a bunch of interviews, and turned down a few offers. Nothing was feeling quite right.
But then, a nanny job for a fantastic family just about fell in my lap.
At first I was a little embarrassed telling people I was a nanny — it’s not one of those jobs people are impressed with. It’s one of those eye-brow-raised-“oh, good for you!” sort of jobs. But you know what? I’m loving it! For the first time in my life I have a job where I can leave work and not bring any work home! (For those of you that aren’t teachers this is a BIG deal!) I don’t have lesson planning or grading over the weekends, I’m not sending out a million emails to parents, or trying to forever organize the chaos of dozens of worksheets and projects. I have time. And I’m happy.
Yes, eventually I would love to get back to teaching. But for now — I am loving the new adventure that is nannying.
Even if things haven’t gone quite the way you expected them too — remember that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. In fact — the grass is greener where you water it. Appreciate the little things. Find joy in the day-to-day. Look at your life as an adventure. Adventures don’t have to happen on a mountain or in a far away place. Choose to live adventurously right were you are. 🙂