I know I usually have a specific topic I write about, but today I feel like just writing about a few things that are going on in my life right now.
Almost 2 weeks ago I got all my wisdom teeth pulled. This was kinda a big deal for me because I hadn’t gone under anesthesia since I was a few weeks old and I wasn’t sure how I was going to react to it (I’m really sensitive to medications and such that are known to cause anxiety as a side effect). One of the things they used to put me under I guess had a history of that because next thing I know I’m having a HUGE panic attack. I told them what was happening and they fixed it right away and didn’t have any more problems after that. I was really surprised that I didn’t need to take any medications for pain (other than aspirin) and that I didn’t have any swelling. I’m really thankful that it’s been a somewhat fast recovery, although I still can’t eat anything crunchy for another week…
One thing recovering from this while on Thanksgiving break has allowed me to do is update all of my things for when I start looking for a new teaching job. Right now I’m a teaching assistant at a middle school, and if I’m being completely honest, when I first got the job, I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not, since my degree is in elementary, but I really do like it for the most part. I’m currently thinking about getting my certification in middle school English and possibly Social Studies, but right now I’m still looking for an elementary position for the upcoming fall.
Teaching postings in my area usually don’t start until March, which even though is a few months away, I’m still preparing for because there’s a lot that goes into it. It takes me a good hour to apply for a teaching position sometimes (if I’ve never applied to that particular district or school before), and that’s not including all of the prep time needed to prepare for the interviews. I’m so blessed to be able to work at a school that promotes from the inside, but also realizes that teaching assistants aren’t going to be teaching assistants forever. I’ve had a couple of teachers I work with on a daily basis offer me time in their classrooms to teach with them or even by myself. They allow me to come up with my own materials and take student work samples for my portfolio.
This is the first year in a really long time that I actually feel pretty excited and confident that I’m going to have my own classroom next year (God willing), and that’s a HUGE deal for me! I’ve been a certified teacher for 3 years now, but I’ve never had a classroom to call my own. So I’m really looking forward to that possibility for next year.
I’ve also been on a bit of a health journey. I was diagnosed with PCOS about 5 years ago. Before that, I didn’t even know what PCOS was or even that I had it. Ever since my diagnosis, I’ve been on a journey to get back into a good health standing. It’s been a slow process (if you know anything about PCOS, then you know how difficult and slow it can be), but any progress is good progress in my book, and I’m feeling more determined than ever not to let PCOS be what defines me or my life. I’m already taking steps to make sure that I make more progress with getting healthy again this upcoming year than I ever have in previous years, and I’m seeing results of my work already.
I know this post is a little unusual since this is not what my typical posts look like, but I know there are a lot of people that can relate to the things that I write about, and that’s why I write about them.