Jan 08 2013
This is a post about a choice I made one year ago…one that has led me to this particular place in my life. One year ago I was 25 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child (WAY older this time as my other two children were 15 and 10) and I was in my 8th year of teaching middle school English.
I was also at a turning point in my career. I wouldn’t say I was tired of teaching-I LOVED teaching-I would say though that I was tired of meetings, strange and bizarre standards, meetings, curriculum coaches, meetings, and what seemed like endless MEETINGS on meetings to come.
I was also tired of fighting behaviors in middle school, which is why I tried my best to become an expert on classroom management (you can see that I have several posts on that subject), but I was still tired of fighting to get kiddos to learn. I know what some of you will say: “Make your lessons relevant and engaging and there will be no issues with management.” Check here….I think I covered that base! So what to do?
I made a decision to do something that took more guts than I thought I had: I withdrew my teaching pension (minus a HUGE penalty) and opened up my own preschool , and there’s no way I could be any happier!
I work 1/2 block from my home and usually walk to work. I open my doors at 7:30 and teach preschoolers until 11. I have a lunch break (with no little ones, no grading, and no cafeteria food) and then move on to another session of preschool from 12-3. I have school-aged kiddos that get off the bus for after-school tutoring that lasts until 5, and then I walk back home. Did I mention I bring my baby to work with me? Yes…and that was a huge motivation. Not only do I not pay for daycare, but my infant gets the benefit of being in preschool all day long (with a pretty good teacher ).
So, what is this blog post about really? It’s about following your heart and doing what you want even if it seems undoable! I am so happy that I have my own business and I am still a teacher, though to a much younger (and I have to say SWEETER) crowd. My day does not have even one meeting except with my husband every morning about what I’ll make for supper or which kid has which practice tonight. And I have more than made up my teaching salary with the few kiddos I have…A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
Anything is possible, and I know that now. I know that I can take a huge risk-basically the biggest risk as I have cashed in every dime I have-and see it fly. Do what you love and you will be successful. Do what you love and you will love your life.