Want to know what life looks like since leaving teaching? This life update is filled with feelings (just a warning)!
This post is sponsored by Intel®, but opinions expressed are my own.
I feel like the last few months have flown by, probably because there have been more major life changes that I can count. In the last four months, we've moved to a new city, bought a home for the first time, I've taken time off from teaching for the first time in 15 years, had the opportunity to become more involved in my daughter's school, and become a full time blogger. It's a LOT right? Yup, it's a lot. I've gotten so many messages from you guys asking how it has been going, and I wanted to share some of my thoughts and feelings plus what has been the most helpful.
When I was teaching, I had a VERY regimented schedule. I had to be at school by about 7:30 am each day. School dismissed at 2:23 pm. I used to work on my blog and Instagram for a certain amount of time each day before picking Lydia up from daycare and then again after she went to sleep. It was very formulaic, and I used to joke that my schedule was house of cards. If one thing went awry, I was a mess. So one of the biggest changes? I have time. More time than I've had since becoming a parent. Time to actually make dinners I like. Time to think about what I'd like to do here on the blog. Time to be more present for Lydia. This year, I'm one of the room moms for her classroom. And it's something I wouldn't have been able to do if I was teaching. I'm so grateful. Also, I'm not going to lie…. it's been a little strange. I realized, I don't know what do with down time. Do I work more? Do I clean? Do I catch up with friends? Finding balance in this new rhythm has been harder than I expected.
Tools have made all the difference. Now, I work on the go. Since my schedule is much more fluid, I'm learning to work when I can in between school drop off and bringing Lydia to ballet class. Since my work locations change, I needed a computer that would work with my new schedule. We used Chromebooks at my school, and they were a HUGE hit. So when I was on the hunt for a light, on the go computer…….I knew that a Chromebook was a great choice (plus, you can't beat the price). Chromebooks are powered by Intel® Core™ processors, which means they're SUPER fast and have great battery life. Faster web (4x faster to be exact), and faster uploads (8x faster document loading)….which means I can get twice as much done while I'm waiting in the pick up line. It has built in virus protection, backs up to a cloud, and since I'm logged in on my google account…..my search history syncs from my larger home computer. I can pick up right where I left off!
So what's next? It's taken months, but I feel like I've settled in here. Yes, I may be doing work in the pickup line…..but I'm also on the field trips and present for class parties. My life is a little less regimented, and I'm all the better for it. Do I miss teaching? I do. But I know, that I'm right where I need to be (even if where I need to be is a million different places each day).