What’s next?

If I was still living in FL, right now I would not be typing this post. Right now I’d be on my way out the door for the first day of school.

But, I’m not living in FL anymore. Right now, I’m not teaching and my sons have a few more days before they start back.

So, what does that mean for me? Moving to PA meant a great job change for Richard. Moving to PA meant that the boys got to meet new friends, start a new school, and all that comes with moving as a kid.

As adults we realize that moving as a kid is hard in the beginning, but it will be fine in the end. They will/should find a new group. They are going back to school, and for the most part that means they know what to expect.

My question in life is what’s next for me? After I left work to be a stay-at-home mom, I didn’t think I’d go back into the classroom. I had hit that wall of ok enough. Then the opportunity to work at the boys school presented itself. I actually offered to take the position on a whim. I hadn’t planned it. It sort of fell in my lap.

I’m in the process of moving my certification. We have decided that I’ll take a school year off and then figure it out. This is because we have to move again in a few months, the boys are starting a new school. We have too many adjustments. Having more flexibility at this time is needed.

In some ways I enjoy being a stay-at-home mom. I love being able to volunteer at the school. I enjoy being able to to the gym. Get the cleaning and grocery shopping done during the week and free up our weekends.  But, on the flip side, I enjoy working. I enjoy contributing financially to my family. I enjoy interacting with others doing something I know I’m good at doing.

Getting at teaching job in FL is simple. There are so many people, so many schools, so many openings that many people who have never taught are able to get jobs. Now we have moved to the north east. The school districts are smaller because the communities are smaller. There aren’t as many teaching positions, so people don’t switch positions as much. There aren’t as many openings. So, I don’t know if I’ll be able to get a job even if I want one.

So I guess I’ll spend the rest of the year figuring out what I want to be when I grow up. But, today I don’t have to go to work and I’m ok with that.



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