Our church is getting new carpeting and we had to move a lot of furniture and pews today to get ready. I like how Methodists (of which I now am) roll. We worship and offer love, receive communion, eat potluck, then move dusty stuff around so the church can be remodeled. It was the most satisfying remodeling support I’ve done in a long time.
It got me thinking about my gratitude practice. My relationship may be on the rocks, but my faith isn’t. Maybe it’s God’s way of telling me he has the oars and I just need to ride for a while. Pay attention to other things for a while, Jennifer. Work on yourself. Let me pitch hit for you.
Sure I’m hoping for some divine inspiration and recovery here. It’s unbearable to see what we have built and done, and to realize how little we have put into our relationship. How utterly sad. I didn’t want it like that, but after a while I gave up. One can’t paddle upstream against the current without help.
Subject change, because this just makes me sad.
A mentor of mine says that purpose is the antidote to depression, and I wholeheartedly agree. Teachers are not only responsible for the academic success of their students but they have to be nurse, parent, social worker, counselor. The work of teaching can be extremely taxing. It leads to long days and it can feel thankless when you have to do a behavior support plan for yet another student—and then go home to your family afterward and be there for their needs as well.
I’ve been in this place. I have struggled with my identity and my contribution to both the people I love at home and my school. That’s why I’ve designed a webinar to help you focus on what is important and going RIGHT in your life.
I had one of the most challenging school years of my life last school year, 2017-2018. It was so taxing, I almost left the profession. I genuinely almost left in the middle of the year. My team teacher had to retire early and passed away before the year was out. I had 29 of some of the most challenging Kindergarteners I’ve had. I couldn’t manage the behavior issues in my room effectively because there were just too many of them. I didn’t spend nearly enough time taking care of myself, and my partner and I were on year two of nonstop home remodeling. I lived in an RV surrounded by mud. By the time June came around I was so depleted that I almost didn’t come back from my well deserved trip to Mexico City.
I don’t tell you this because I want sympathy. I say it because I had to pull myself out of my own hell so I could live in alignment with what I want.
My webinar is designed to help you get your priorities aligned with your purpose. I will teach you how to cultivate a gratitude practice that is sustainable and brings focus and joy into your life. You are here for a reason, and you can’t forget your needs in place of the needs of others.
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