Busy, busy, busy...
It's been a crazy few weeks. It's the end of the school year (woo hoo!) so there's much to be done in very little time. While all the other teachers are cleaning up their rooms and doing "busy work" with their kids, I'm working on all our end-of-the-year performances. Pre-K graduation, 5K graduation, Awards Day, 5th grade awards night, and the talent show. It's a lot to handle...but music teachers are used to it, I guess :)
I've also applied and interviewed for new jobs lately. The bottom line is -- I do a 40 minute commute every morning (which I've done for 5 years) and my salary is 10 G less than in the neighboring school district where I live. Soooo if I could just get a job closer to home, not only would I be making more money, I wouldn't be commuting so I'd be saving money that way, too. But alas -- I didn't get either job and no more have opened up recently. So it looks like I'll still be at my current job next year. I'm not a very religious person, but I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and there's a reason I'm in this district with my kids. I love my boss, and these kids really need a stable, supportive person in their lives. I teach in a district where it's 99% free and reduced lunch, therefore, VERY impoverished. These kids have terrible home lives and honestly, many teachers there obviously don't care about the kids and don't put a lot into their jobs. So maybe I need to be there to help these kids, to show them that someone DOES care about them and want to see them succeed in school and in life. So that's that.
So I didn't either of the fancier, higher-paying jobs, and so I'm having to wrap my brain around staying in my current situation at work and financially. My husband and I live in a one-bedroom apartment with a 15 month old. It's a lovely apartment in a nice neighborhood - just too small. I've been researching space-saving strategies online and this summer I'll be attempting to purge some things and organize. We may do some crazy things - for instance, I think we're turning our very small walk-in closet into a child's room. lol... but whatever works! I need some new shelving and cute ways to store toys, if anyone has any ideas on that, let me know!
Also, I recently joined the Grand Strand Runner's Association, so I'm excited to get involved with that group. They meet a few times per week in various locations in my area, so I'm hoping to start to run with some people from that group. I'm excited to be around people who may inspire me to move to that next level of fitness. I think that being around fit people is helpful in getting there, don't you?
I'm a little down that I haven't gotten to 100 pounds lost (in fact, I'm further away) but I'm trying to remember that every act is getting me closer to my goal. When I'm tired and don't want to exercise, I think about how great it's going to feel to be able to say that I've lost 100 pounds. My exercise routine is good - I just need to focus on my nutrition.
I'll leave you with my new pic collage I created of my change in face shape over time. I'm excited to really see some definition in my jawline and neck. I even feel like I look younger than I did when I started 3 1/2 years ago.