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.
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
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
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