I believe everyone’s life has a purpose. We are here to discover that purpose then use whatever gifts were bestowed upon us to make this world a better place. Some of us are fortunate as we know at an early age what that purpose is. Others, well, we go along, often digressing from the road that will take us there. This is me. Now on the other side of 50, I am finding my way back to that road that will lead to my life’s purpose. Welcome to my journey.
The End of November Brings with it Winter & Change
Winter has arrived.
Rosebud covered with winter's first snow.
November had many gray days. When the days get shorter and the dark of night arrives earlier, I find comfort in turning on my collection of ornate lights. Their warm glow seems to warm the house and give it a cozy feel against the chilly winter air.
Figuring out how to keep up with it all.
I am returning to the classroom full time starting
Monday. While I am happy to be working again,
the building to which I have been assigned is the epitome of dysfunction and
known for its gang problems. I worked
there before for 3 years and it sucks the life right out of you. I was not successful in combating the stress of
the place and I want to be successful this time. It is imperative for my sanity!
Teaching; the job itself will consume you, eating all your time with
its countless demands of phone calls to parents, lesson plans, grading of
papers, fulfillment of state and school requirements. I was working a 10 hour day, taking work home
then getting up in the wee hours, unable to sleep so I graded papers and did
lesson plans until it was time to go to work.
Then I would spend the weekend working on papers and paperwork or
entering grades into the computer. In order to "get it all done" I found that I gave up on everything else. Burn out was inevitable and it took me nearly 18 months to regain my sanity.
How do I go about preventing that same scenario from happening again? How do I find time for my art journaling? How do I continue writing posts for my blog? How do I keep my appointment every morning
with my morning reading ritual?
My question for you is how do you manage to keep up with
your blogging and art while working full time? How do you prevent your job from consuming you? Please share any and all tips that you have that help you to keep up with it all.