Still with me?
Personally, this year has been my best yet. Besides meeting Patrick, I've made amazing friends at my job, started working out at Carolina Barre (bye bye, 15 lbs), and have just generally been enjoying life back in a city.
Professionally, it took me most of this year to admit out loud what I already knew to be true: teaching middle school just isn't the right fit for me. Even working under a great administration and with all of my best friends, I still had a really hard time. I said yes to too much and allowed myself to burn out in like, January. (And January-June is a very, verrrrrrry long time when trapped in a room with middle schoolers.) By the time it dawned on me to ask for help, it was too late. I was exhausted.
While I have no one to blame but myself, I also believe that if you're going to complain about something, you need to take action. Knowing that I loved Montessori and that I wanted to work with younger kids, I applied for a new job...at my old school. And I got it.
Beginning in the fall, I'll teach a mixed-age 1st, 2nd, 3rd grade classroom at a public Montessori school here in Charlotte. I'm beyond excited to go back, but mostly I'm proud of myself. Just a few years ago I probably would have stayed in a situation where I wasn't happy simply because I didn't want to let people down. What I've come to realize is that the only thing worse than disappointing others is disappointing yourself. While it will be hard to leave the fabulous people I work with, I know it was the right decision.
So there you have it. After months of grade school applications, job applications, and general histrionics, I've gotten myself a new (old) job. And it feels even better than the first time around.
Cheers to summer!