I sit here on a Tuesday morning with a bit of anxiety and mourning. In about two hours, I will officially be a working gal as I walk into the school where I'll be spending my Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
I'm mourning my freedom - my lazy and carefree days. I know that must sound self indulgent, but that's been my life since I last had a job, which was part time about four years ago.
I'm anxious about working in the educational system. I won't be a teacher but for a couple times a week, I'll be responsible for a group of students and a small aspect of their learning. I feel like my brain is mush and I'm going to look like a dummy - an old dummy =)
So, as I sit here, I want to come up with 10 things to be thankful for as I start working. Let's see if I can come up with 10. If I don't come up with 10, feel free to add your own.
1. It will give me something to do - something to fill my time.
2. I am only working two days a week, which will still give me three days to fill with any errands I might have, or getting together with friends, or sipping coffee while reading blogs.
3. I will bring home a little money and that's always good. If I want to buy something, I can use my own money and not feel guilty for wanting it, or buying it. Some of my money will also go towards our kid's college tuition, which makes me feel good.
4. I get to work with students. I miss hanging out with the kids.
5. I will be forced to use my brain so maybe the mush will start to solidify a little. Okay, maybe my brain isn't mush, but having to use my brain again will be a good thing. I'm looking forward to learning.
6. I have a good reason to put on some nice clothes instead of just a pair of jeans and a hoodie. I like clothes so I'm looking forward to dressing up a bit.
7. I'm looking forward to becoming a part of the educational system. I have seen problems as my own kids went through the system and I worked with students and their families. I'm one that feels like you need to be part of the solution, not the problem. This will give me a chance to see up close and personal some of what happens in a school on a daily basis.
8. I will have the opportunity to meet new people - adults and students. I'm a social person and enjoys getting to know people and hear their story(s).
9. I have all of the above benefits while not having to work evenings, weekends, or holidays. This allows me to still spend this time with Don and my family. I wanted to work in a bookstore (and still think that would be cool) but realized I'd have to work in retail through the holidays. That wasn't all that appealing to me.
hmmm.... ummm...... well.....
I can't really think of number 10. I know there is something obvious that I'm just not thinking of. So here's your chance to come up with something I can be thankful for as I start this new job, which is really a new phase of my life.
I thought of #10 while in the shower. (whew, aren't you glad you don't have to)
10. I was originally going to start each work day at 8:15. I was NOT looking forward to that (although, I'm sure I would have got used to it.) My hours were then changed to start at 10:00 and go a little longer in the afternoon. This is definitely something to be thankful for since I am not a morning person. I actually had time this morning to type out this post. I'm sure I will use these extra hours each Tuesday and Thursday more wisely than I have in the past.
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