As a teacher, it is bittersweet that the school year has come to an end. I absolutely adore my students and their parents. I truly do. Due to being a career changer, I (at times) feel like I don’t fit in with the “meant-to-be” teachers. They always knew they wanted to be a teacher. I love that about them. Though I am much older than some (I still can’t believe that I will be four decades old this year!), I feel like I am younger at times. Strange, but true. They know what they want to do for the rest of their life and have known since they were kids. I, on the other hand, am the opposite. I have many passions in life: teaching, writing, creating fun or pretty cakes, drooling over Johnny Iuzzini (joking..maybe!) and am always thinking what else can I do?!
Life is short. I want to do all that I can do. So as my 10th year of teaching comes to a close, I can’t help but feel thankful that I switched careers giving me all that knowledge and experience in my background, thankful for switching schools last year and thankful that I have the summer to work on my writing. I may be a cliche: teacher during the day, writer at night…but that is ok. Do what you love no matter what people may think.
For the past two summers, I have self published books. I am hoping to do the same this summer, but we will see where the stories take me. Writing is hard, yet easy and therapeutic at the same time. Plus, I love, just love, using my imagination in new, strange and dark ways. I am working on a few different works this summer. A children’s book (no, it isn’t dark) and a coming-of-age young adult book. I am so excited for both of them.
Now that the stressful part of school is over, I hope to write any chance I can get: during my son’s naptime and bedtime, laundry time, etc.
I am officially putting my teacher hat in the closet for a couple months and bringing out all of me in my writing.