Let this be your warning that today's post will not be my usual fare. However, I do have big news, so please stay tuned...
Last week was interesting. It was the kind of week in which a spider appeared on top of the washer just as I opened the lid. And while revving myself up for kill-mode, it descended inside the drum, scurrying into the folds of one of my t-shirts. Did I mention that I don't like spiders?
You'll be happy to know that I didn't have to burn the laundry room down. There's now one less spider in the world.
Also, I decided recently that I might be losing weight. No reason really, I just felt that my jeans were a bit looser than normal. There are two possible reasons for this; I've stretched them out during physical activity or I've lost weight. It's usually the former, but hope springs eternal, so I decided to be a bit more scientific about it. I dusted off the scale, put it on the floor, and placed both feet squarely on its surface. You know what happened?
It's broken. I've had it for a year at the most. Now, unless my husband is sneaking into the bathroom and repeatedly jumping on the scale for fun (not out of the realm of possibilities), I really think it should've lasted longer than that. On the other hand, I have a fancy new paperweight that is neither small nor convenient.
For me, inconsequential stories like the ones above help to put my life into perspective. Sure, I was freaking out over the spider for a solid five minutes, but in a month or so, I won't even remember what happened (except that I wrote it here...so I probably will). What seems like a big, scary change in my life right now, will be worth it in the long run. That's what matters. So, here's my big news...
Two weeks ago I made the life-altering decision to resign from my elementary music teaching position.
When I told members of my family, I heard audible gasps. When I told my colleagues, one responded with, "The sky is falling!!" Inevitably, people have asked why I'm resigning. The reasons are numerous and hard to sum up neatly in a blog post. Suffice to say that I felt called to make this change, to make the best of what talents have been given to me. So, instead of organizing my classroom and checking out deals at the dollar store this week, I'll be working full-time on my TeachersPayTeachers store and this blog. I'll also be providing my usual ramblings on various social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (coming soon).
I'm not quitting teaching entirely though...do we ever? I'll still be giving private music lessons and inspiring young minds to geek out over DCI or develop passion for the music of Beethoven. Therefore, you (my dearest readers) have officially become my newest colleagues!
Those of you who follow my blog, or those who are stopping by for the first time, thank you. I hope you'll continue on this journey with me. My goal is to maintain a blog full of simple, yet effective tips and tricks for the music classroom, with an emphasis on cost-effective solutions. And with my recent decision, I'll have more time to do just that.
Thanks for reading!