Every blogger goes through long periods of craziness where they cannot find the time to blog. I am guilty times three or four on this one.
At the end of the summer in 2013, I added on some new life responsibilities and things spiraled out of control from there (hence the lack of posts). I started adjunct teaching at a City College of Chicago, then I bought a Condo, then I agreed to marry Dan, then I became a mother to TWO cute cats, then I quit my full time job to teach full time (well part time at two schools equals full time).
And there you have it. You are pretty caught up on my life right now. I have one final week at my full time job in Marketing and then I move on to focus just on teaching. I’ve basically spent my whole Saturday working on multiple syllabi and creating a master Calendar to keep myself from drowning.
One reason I decided to say goodbye to full-time office hours is that I need to make myself a priority. I had a full time job out of fear of paying the bills and always staying above the water in that respect. But working multiple jobs (especially one that requires some travel and another that requires a lot of dedication and passion to help people) was not making my life simple.
In fact, I gained a lot of stress and subsequent weight because of it. I’m not trying to make excuses, but sometimes we keep ourselves busy so we that we can’t stop and evaluate our personal lives. I am deciding that I want to make myself a priority.
Yes, teaching is still a lot of work, but I will do the majority of the grading and prep work from home where I can make a healthy lunch or prep a dinner. I also have an elliptical, books, and other things to help me relax. I have two cats that will play with me if I need cheering up.
So I might not have all the time in the world to focus on losing weight and getting healthy, I have a better chance when I can control my circumstances. I am sick of sitting at an office desk all day only to drive quickly to a classroom and eat a quick meal on the way that isn’t healthy for me.
So I plan to buckle down on a few things. I’m going to make myself a priority and do the things that make me happy. This means writing in my blog, spending more time in classrooms, and hopefully still keeping my finances in order.
Of course this comes at a price. I’ll miss my old coworkers at the full time job. I really worked with some amazing people there that I want to see and hear from often. But at the end of the day, I have to make decisions about what makes me happy. What better way to convey my path to happiness than a list?
The Things That Make Me Happy (in no particular order)
1) Thinking about complicated things and writing about them too
2) Walking in the sand and soaking my feet in the ocean
4) Locking a cat accidentally in a cabinet
5) Singing along with a song and being 100% out of tune
6) Having those moments before an amazing idea forms in my mind
7) Learning from my students
8) Fresh air and exercise
9) Reading a great book
10) Laughing at my own jokes
Maybe it wasn’t the adult decision, maybe it wasn’t the best for finances, but it was the decision I had to make to keep me sane. I love teaching, and I can’t wait for classes to start (and can’t wait for Christmas break and summer break too).