Life Lately

In one week and six days, life is going to be flipped upside down for a bit! The end of a two year era is coming faster and faster every day. I’m super excited and absolutely terrified!

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I am heading back to the classroom; back to the teaching gig! 4th grade here I come!

A month or so ago John and I started talking about putting Adalynn into a part-time preschool program.

Soon after that conversation, we started talking about becoming “financial free.”

…And recently I’ve been missing the classroom.

I worked part-time with a school board office this past school year mentoring second year teachers. While I really liked the position and I absolutely loved some of the teachers I worked with, I knew it wasn’t for me. I am meant to work with children.

With all the recent conversation and thoughts, I applied on a whim to a school system I have randomly applied to a few times over the past five years. It’s always been a half-hearted decision when I did so (not that I didn’t want to work there, but I just didn’t know if I was ready for change) so in the back of my head I figured this wasn’t really going to go anywhere, but I could tell myself that I’d tried. I logged in one afternoon, reactivated my application, and signed back off.

I barely ever even check my email that was attached to the application.

One week later I got a call from a principal wanting to interview me.

I freaked.

I got a little excited.

I thought I’d definitely bit off more than I could chew.

Working mom?! Full-time?!

But I hadn’t even had the interview, who knew where this would go?

Interview day came and I was a bit scatterbrained, but thought it went okay. Not great, but pretty good. The principal and assistant principal told me they’d be contacting someone in a few days.

Two hours after I left, my phone rang, and I was offered the position. (spoiler alert: I took it! haha)

The past month or so has been a complete whirlwind, but I have been so at peace. I know that God is working big plans for our family. I am terrified, but I am so excited to see what He does!

First of all, I am hoping to make a huge difference to the students in the Title I school where I will be working. Secondly, and this is very personal (I never talk about money…with anyone), my husband and I will be striving to be financial free. We hope with the extra income of me going back to work, we can work to pay off the debt we currently have – car payments, student loans, some credit card debt. You see, while I have been ever so grateful for him providing while I stayed home with Miss A the last two years, we haven’t gotten ahead at all!

And I am also trusting that God will give me strength! I have moments of complete and total sadness and anxiety about not spending all day, everyday with my sweet little one. She is going to do so awesome in the program we’re putting her in, but I can’t help but ache knowing I’ll miss hours and hours and hourssssss of time with her. God gives me strength! And so do all the other amazing working mamas I know! I’m stubborn and determined. I got this!!!! Right…………?!

So what does this mean for the blog?

I know, inevitably that I will not be posting as much. Life is about to get MUCH busier! I haven’t quite set a goal of how much I want to post because I’m not sure what is realistic at this time. (Expect another “life lately” post in about a month…or don’t hahaha)

I also will probably be adding some teaching posts to the blog, perhaps a whole section. Teaching is a HUGE part of my heart for many different reasons so I’m excited to see God’s plan of meshing both teaching and blogging.

This also means that I won’t be as present on social media. I am so thankful for the many platforms I am part of, as it has brought many of you reading right now, to my little corner of the Internet, but I just know I’m not going to be able to keep up as much as I’d like. I am certain, however, that many, many of the relationships I’ve formed through blogging won’t stray. I truly love and trust my tribe and know they won’t go anywhere!

So there’s that! Add some doctors appointments, birthday party planning, cleaning, organizing, and preschool tours and you can see why life’s been a bit chaotic lately!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read, for supporting this website of mine that I’m, oh so, passionate about, and for hanging around as I adjust to how life is going to look these next ten months!

So much love,

Chelsea

 

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