I’m currently tutoring part time to stay mentally sharp and of course generate secondary income. Full time, I work with young adults ages 18-26. The students I tutor are in elementary school. Having to work on both ends of the spectrum has taught me greater levels of patience, caused me to be extremely flexible, and challenges me in ways I didn’t think were possible. Actually, working with 4th and 5th grade math has been quite interesting. I’m amazed at what children are learning at such young ages! So this weekend, I visited a teacher resource store to get some manipulatives for one of my younger students. The store was full of teachers, parents, and grandparents getting ready for that infamous time of year dubbed as “Back to School”. As I watched new teachers fill their carts with bulletin border, posters, stickers and even more, I found myself becoming slightly emotional.
I began to reminisce about the excitement I felt as a new teacher getting ready for the school year. I had picked a theme for my décor (bumblebees) and put thought into every little detail. Or so I thought. The one thing I hadn’t done was create a plan for success. By neglecting to put more energy into lesson planning and behavioral management, I had unknowingly created a plan for failure. The following three months after officially beginning my career in education would prove to be one of the most difficult, challenging, and stressful periods of my life. In hindsight, I can see Sprit’s design in my life because all that I went through gave me a passion for helping new teachers. This passion and the story of my rough start is the inspiration behind my ebook, Survive Student Teaching and Set Yourself Up for Success! I’ve also created an online course of the same title. I think what I went through in my first 3 months as a teacher was unfortunate and I never want another person to go through anything like that.
Teachers have a very challenging job. I’m happy to say that I’m a part of a community of educators that strive to provide support and encouragement for others in the field and those thinking about joining us. It’s a journey that continues to fulfil and enrich my life in numerous ways. To all you educators out there, thank you for all that you do. The school year will be full of ups and downs, but know that you are important and your work and dedication will prevail!
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Today was a great day. I woke up saying to myself, "Enough is enough. Today is the day." I was referring to my never ending pile of clutter and my 1/4 completed DIY projects. So today, I finally organized the top shelf of my closet, did my laundry, hung my curtains, and put my Kevin O'Keith print on the wall. Both are hanging on faith and a prayer so please keep them in your high thoughts! :-) At the days end, I am feeling accomplished.
I forget how important it is to maintain a sacred living space with scents, sights, and sounds that I find pleasing. I grew up in a cluttered home and it takes extreme effort for me to not accumulate more of it. I now know that clutter is usually an outward expression of inward distress. When I'm emotionally upset or spiritually restless, I'm less likely to put things away. Like I mentioned in my last blog, I still have issues, I just cope better these days. So this morning, I put on energizing music, lit an orange vanilla scented candle, opened the window, and got to work.
Now, as I look around my space and sip on a glass of Malbec from Argentina I feel sensual and complete. See, I'm 30 years young. Now mind you, I am not one of those women that lament growing. In fact, I was quite excited. My 20s were crazy. So I look to my 30s and beyond to finally find some peace. Half way through the first year of my 30s I feel myself growing in wisdom. It is an amazing feeling to connect with Spirit and gain understanding. I heard from the Divine today as I went about my housework. Spirit gave me the answer to a question I've been stumped on for over a year now. The grown woman in me receives and plans to act accordingly on this new found knowledge. See, evolving is what makes me feel most alive. Thinking differently. Moving differently. Remembering that knowledge is not power.
The proper application of knowledge is what separates the girls from the Queens.
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Kanika: Poet. Lover of Words. One who tells the stories of the mundane and inanimate. Bearer of Light, Water, and Sky.