I cannot believe it has been a year and a half since I posted! 2014 was a bit of a crazy year for me but now things have quieted down and I actually have the time to write.
I’ll update you on the happenings in my life. So the last time I wrote was July of 2013. Many things have changed in my life since then.
The last time I wrote I was working two different nanny jobs 6 days a week and teaching gymnastics in the mornings two to four times a week. I was teaching Sunday School every week and was very involved in my church. I was living with one of the families I was working for in a studio apartment on their third floor.
In August of 2013 I went back to school after having taken a much needed break and in August of 2014 I completed 15 Early Childhood Development units (the core amount of units required to teach preschool-which was a goal of mine for two years).
In October of 2013 I moved into an apartment with my friend Samantha in an affluent city I had never lived in that was about 40 minutes away from my hometown. I felt like I needed a change and I wanted to explore a new city. In order to make everything work financially I took on a new third job as a bookkeeper at Safeway in another town close to the apartment. I continued teaching gymnastics, continued working as a nanny, and continued going to school.
Between all of that stuff I was pretty much working 7 days a week and when I was not working I was studying. It worked because most days I only had one job per day. On Mondays I taught gymnastics and then went to my nanny job and Tuesdays and Wednesdays I went to school in the morning and then went to my nanny job after. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I worked at Safeway doing bookkeeping. Everything was busy and I had no social life but it was working.
In February everything came to a head, my boss at my nanny job (the nanny job was my main source of income) told me she would no longer need me as of March 3rd because she made the decision to work from home. I absolutely went into a panic and applied for jobs every day. Even though I did not have my core units done I applied to preschools anyway because I thought, “the worst that can happen is they say no.” I turned 25 feeling uncertain about my future. I resolved I would move back home, finish school, and continue working as a bookkeeper (a job I truly enjoyed but not a job that was my passion).
The Monday after my birthday March 11th I received an email from a director at one of the many schools I applied at. She said she had my resume on her desk and wanted to interview me tomorrow if possible. I immediately freaked out and responded. I had an in to this industry I so much wanted to be a part of! I tried to gain my composure and responded saying I was interested and thank you for contacting me.
I was hired after the interview provided that I enrolled in Early Childhood Development classes to finish my units immediately. I had 6 units completed and was working on 3 and they told me I needed three more and that I specifically needed Curriculum of Early Childhood Programs. I looked everywhere for this class and the ONLY school that offered it at that time was DeAnza College in Cupertino (which was about an hour away from me) and it was on Thursday nights. I didn’t care how far away this class was or how hard it would be. I wanted this job. I got into the class and got the job.
I started working full-time at the school in April and my class started the same week. I quit teaching gymnastics which was very hard to do as I was there for 8 years. It was hard to leave but it was time for me to move on with my life.
I worked as a floater teacher until June and then was promoted to classroom teacher for the 2.5 to 3 year old class. I was beyond thrilled and have a fantastic co-teacher. I love my classroom and I love my kids. It is an absolute dream come true.
From April to August I continued working at Safeway during the weeknights after working a full day at the school and on the weekends. I also finished the class in Cupertino with an A and took another class to put me over the core units and also got an A. It was so so hard. I was stressed out constantly and was always rushing. I still had no social life and finally I cracked. I told my roommate I couldn’t do this anymore and needed to have some time to breathe in my life. I only wanted to have one job and wanted to take a breather from school. (The classes I took KICKED my butt-I had to work hard for those A’s!). I moved out of the apartment in September and am now living with my mom and two brothers in my hometown. I share a house with three other people and four animals and I have never been happier.
I absolutely LOVE my job and enjoy going to work every day. I missed my hometown, my friends, and having a social life terribly. This is the first time since I was 19 that I have had one job. It’s stable, it’s consistent, and teaching is what I truly in my heart wanted to be doing all along.
I have made a commitment not to take on any volunteer commitments or to take any more classes until at least the Summer. I needed this school year to unwind and get settled. My life is quiet and I could not be happier about that!
On Friday night I was working on a handout about potty training for the parents in my class and it made me realize how much I missed writing for fun. I really enjoy writing and my goal of writing a book still stands.
As always, I will do my best to post more. I hope you are all doing well and thank you for stopping by my blog!