I’m Just a Girl Who Can’t Say No

During the school year, I’m always teaching, planning, grading, or exhausted due to all the teaching, planning, and grading. When I’m invited to do something, my answer is usually no – especially if it means I’m going to be outside of my comfort zone. This is not a pattern I wish to continue when I’m in Ecuador – or when I return to Boston! So I’ve decided that I am not going to turn down any invitations for the rest of the summer…if I can help it.

Today was my first test. When I asked my friend Laura if she wanted to see a movie, she asked if I wanted to go to New Hampshire and see a movie at Chunky’s with her friend, Continue reading

(Not So) Cool Running

My colleague, Kristi, put a bright yellow ‘What are your plans for this summer?’ flier in my mailbox right before I left school for the summer. Inside was the Cool Running – The Couch-to-5K Running Plan. It wasn’t the first time I’d seen the plan. I’ve wanted to get moving for a while now.

I don’t know if you watch Oprah but she has this theory that the universe will give you a push you in the right direction when necessary. First, it will whisper to you, then speak clearly, then shout, then if need be, hit you over the head with a frying pan. Luckily, I didn’t Continue reading

Letting go of the stuff

For the last two afternoons, I have been working hard to let go of all of my school stuff. When I use the word ‘stuff’ I mean posters, books, binders, folders, dividers, markers, mugs, weird pieces of contact paper…..you get the idea. I found items from 1997 that I’ve saved because I was sure I would need them again. Some of the stuff I have used. Some of it became obsolete and there was no point in keeping it. Some of the stuff is perfectly useful and I forgot I owned it!

One of my dearest friends and classroommate, Beth, is going through the same thing. In order to get rid of the stuff, we created a give-away table. Everyone who comes in our room is welcome to take some of our stuff. Many of our colleagues and students have Continue reading

Am I crazy for doing this?

About six months ago, I decided that I was going to take a year long leave of absence from my job in Boston. I’m a math teacher at a high school here in the city.  I started teaching a couple days after I graduated from college and I haven’t stopped for the last 17 years. I love being a teacher but I don’t want to burn out. To avoid this, I decided it was time to live abroad since it is something I’ve never done. Somehow this translated into moving to Ecuador for a year to teach English. Apparently for me, avoiding burnout = moving to Ecuador. Go figure!

The other night, I was up all night thinking about my move. I think it was the first time I realized that I was changing my life in a drastic way. Every year of my life since I was 4 Continue reading