Happy March- Here Are Some Life Updates For 2022 So Far.

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March is one of the most transformative and dynamic months of the year. When the groundhog does not see its shadow, spring arrives at full force at the start of the month, with some seventy-degree days, blooming flowers, and sunshine. Although the groundhog did see its shadow this year, apparently it is only right about 40% of the time, and I would argue that this year is not one of those times because the weather has been wonderful this week. Who knows if it will stay so maybe the groundhog was still correct, but a girl can dream, right?

I have a lot of news to share with all of you. Life has been a bit of a whirlwind lately. I can honestly say that 2022 started off with a bang in ways that I never would have expected when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve. Nevertheless, I am ready to launch into my latest updates and hopefully, I will be able to continue to write regularly again now that I am settling back into somewhat of a normal state.

Last month, I moved out.

I suppose I will begin with the most significant piece of news- I moved out of my parent’s house last month! Dan and I are living in a studio apartment, which is about 20 minutes from each of our hometowns. I am going to publish my moving story in a separate, more detailed blog post eventually, but for now, let’s just say it has been hectic.

In summary, everything happened rather quickly. Toward the end of December, we found out that this place was available, yet we hardly gave it any thought because we figured we would not be able to afford it. However, in January, Dan was offered a new job, and this made moving out a possibility. He took the job, we checked the place out, spoke with our families, and got the ball rolling. By mid-February, we were able to sign the lease and move in together, with a lot of help from my family. The past few weeks here have been wonderful. Being able to have our own space, decorate it, and work with each other to do household tasks and turn this into our home has been great. It was not easy, but I am really happy.

I was named ‘Teacher of the Month’ at my job.

Last month, my co-teacher left for an extended vacation out of the country. By the time she comes back, which will be months from now, I am unsure if she will return to the company or not. Regardless, losing her for this time is upsetting. Since I started this job, she has basically been the only person I have worked with. We had a solid partnership and flow together. We even got close as friends toward the end of last year. Besides that, her leaving threw off everything for everyone since she was not immediately replaced. Other teachers were in and out of the room for a few weeks, filling in until the administration was finally able to hire someone else. Thankfully, the new teacher has been consistent and the class is back to having a steady routine.

When I found out that my co-teacher did not have a replacement, I volunteered to cover her shifts. This was out-of-character for me, as I ensure that I do not work too many hours so I can focus on school. Despite that, I wanted to help out as much as I could, especially since I knew my students would be upset about my co-teacher leaving so I had to be there for them. Additionally, it happened at an ideal time actually- with my plans to move out, I could use the extra cash. Even with the new teacher now, I have kept the extra hours because it has worked out well for me.

Yesterday, my director threw confetti at me and said I won the ‘Teacher of the Month’ award. This is something I have always hoped I would get, even though I figured I would not because I thought it was only for full-time teachers. Having my work recognized and appreciated meant a lot to me. The official statement that she put out said that I won it because I “jumped in feet first to create a safe and nurturing environment for all of the children in [my] care” and I am “kind and outgoing and the children love [me]”. This is everything I strive to accomplish as an educator and exactly the kind of impact I hope to make on my students so this seriously touched me deeply. I received a certificate, a t-shirt, and I will be getting a bonus in my next paycheck. I am thrilled!

Spring break is here.

This week, I am on spring break. While this does not mean anything particularly exciting, I am relieved to have extra time to myself, without having to worry about my classes and assignments. My first year at a four-year university has been tiring and I cannot wait for this semester to end. While I like my new college and most of my courses, I have worked really hard and I am looking forward to having more time to relax over the summer break.

As I already mentioned, I was inducted into a national honors society based on my grade point average for the fall semester. I have never been so proud of myself academically. The ceremony for this induction will be at the end of April so I am able to look forward to that and then by the first week of May, I will be completing my spring semester. I do not have much time left for my current courses so I am going to do my best and soon enough, they will be behind me. I am hoping to raise my grade point average again!

This is my last season of coaching.

I made the super bittersweet decision of quitting my second job as being a soccer coach. For nearly 18 months, I have grown so much in this program. I never thought I would have a job like this, as someone with zero athletic skills or interest in sports. I was given this chance anyway and I feel like I have flourished with it. I coach toddlers so trust me, I am able to get by without having much soccer knowledge, and it is my love for teaching that makes it so rewarding. I have met dozens of children and had such lovely classes. This was my first job that involved working with children so this allowed me to find my passion and learn how to be a teacher.

There were several reasons why I decided to quit. Ultimately, moving sealed the deal for me. I am ready to close this chapter of my life, as difficult and emotional as it is going to be. My last day is less than one month away. I am finishing the current season and coaching for two more weeks afterward so I can help train a new coach. I will never forget this experience. I am so grateful for everything I have been able to accomplish in this position and I will hold the memories close to my heart.

I think this summarizes this season of my life. Everything has been coming together better than I could hope for and I am beyond thankful. My personal life, work, and school have been treating me well. Before spring break ends, I will do my best to publish my next blog post, which will be the full story about me moving out. Thank you for reading and I hope this season of your life is being kind to you as well!

8 thoughts on “Happy March- Here Are Some Life Updates For 2022 So Far.”

    1. Big changes indeed! Yes, you are correct. It was difficult at first to not live with my family anymore, but I still see them often and this has been a very positive change for me. Thank you for reading!


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