As many of you know, this is my first year as a teacher. In my school system, we get an ENTIRE week for Thanksgiving break. Coming from an office background, the thought of getting an entire week off for a holiday was mind blowing - no needing to worry about seniority, requesting off, using PTO, having work to make up, etc. I was really excited to have the time off, but at the same time, majority of my friends still work in offices, so making plans wasn’t much of a possibility.
John and I decided to stay in town, as we usually do, so that we don’t have to deal with the terrible holiday traffic and so that we could relax. I wish I could tell you I did something amazing on this whole week off, but honestly, I used some of the time to go on appointments that I was putting off and then I ended up sick, so I pretty much binge watched Hallmark movies, napped, and cuddled my pups.
I am also taking two online classes right now and had homework to complete during the break. Yea...that didn’t happen until right before returning to work. I imagined a week of getting things done, accomplishing a lot, but in the end, I needed mindless heartfelt movies and many, many naps.
In a month I will be on my two week winter break and my guess is, it will be a lot of the same. Working with children is so rewarding but us teachers also need time to just let loose, relax, unwind, turn “off” and unplug. If you are a teacher, I hope that you too used your Thanksgiving break to unwind and that you will be using your much needed winter break to do the same.
If you are a teacher, comment to let me know what do you usually do on your breaks. Do you usually relax? Do you plan for the next quarter? Do you travel? I want to hear from you!
As many of you know, I became a full-time teacher this year. I previously worked in the legal field as a Paralegal and then I was a substitute teacher for almost all of the last school year. A little backstory (there always is, right?), I had planned to become a teacher when I graduated high school. I went to college in Virginia, became a psychology major, all with the intention of going for my Masters in Education and becoming a teacher. Life changed things and I ended up “falling” into the legal field instead.
So now I am a full-time middle school teacher, and I’ve been working for about a month now, between planning weeks and having actual students. Things have been great and also super busy! Being a first-year teacher, I have a lot to learn and lots of ideas that I am learning how to execute. I also have classes I have to take along with my outside school life where I run this blog and plan fun networking events every month for all of you ladies! I’m trying to hard not to drop the ball, but I know this first month I’ve left a few things go. I hope now that I am getting into more of a swing of things, that I will be able to continue juggling it all and succeed in both of my careers, because I love them both. I absolutely love seeing my students understand and repeat concepts that I have taught them, especially when they get so excited they can’t wait to answer a question. I also love hearing how much you ladies enjoy our Girls Night Out Networking Socials and seeing so many familiar faces each month. So no worries -they will continue!
Thank you all for being patient with me during this transition time and I cannot wait to share more with you and host more events! Next month – Sugar Factory Orlando – see you there! Click here for info and FREE tickets!
Hi! I'm Michelle. I love traveling, trying new restaurants, meeting new people, going to the parks, and playing with my dogs. I'm also super Disney obsessed - parks, cruise lines, movies - I love it all!
I host monthly networking events in the Orlando area for all women to attend. I look forward to meeting you at our next GNO!