Well, it’s been quite a while since I was posting regularly, since May in fact.
What happened?! Where have you been?
I hear you cry! Lots.
I was still employed full time in one job and that was teaching. For those of you that didn’t know, I worked full time as a primary school teacher and had done for 5 years. If you are a teacher, or know a teacher, you will know that daily life is pretty busy. There are long days with long to-do lists. At that time, I just couldn’t devote the time to my lovely blog as it wasn’t my main job so blogging had to take a little rest. (Actually a long rest in the end, but y’know!) At this point I had handed in my notice and I was leaving at the end of the school year- July 2017.
May was also the month I had a scary moment when I was trying to do some techy stuff with this site but I didn’t do so well, I ended up losing all my posts!! Thankfully, I had the lovely Matt at HD Media to help me out and we were all back up and running.
As I wasn’t leaving until 22nd July 2017 (technically 31st August), I had to start thinking about what I was going to do next. Cue lots of umming, ahhhhing, screaming, cheering and crying. Having spent 10 years (5 years training to teach and 5 years teaching) in education, I wasn’t sure what else to do. Then I thought carefully about my blog (yep, the one I wasn’t writing!) how else could I help others on their journey? I enjoy writing my blog but I don’t know who I’m helping, I wanted to help people on a 1:1 basis as well as generically.
I did some research and I signed up to train as a Financial Coach. You can read more about my training here. I completed 3 full days of training in the school half term to gain my certification and I was so excited to get this yet I was unable to devote any real time to doing anything with it yet. Over and over, I kept saying I’d get back into the blog, but I just didn’t have the time or the energy.
July was a really strange month as I knew I was leaving teaching and had to start thinking about my next steps. This included getting started as a Financial Coach but I just didn’t have the time or the energy to devote to anything other than teaching and making sure all the loose ends were tied up. Not to mention packing up all of my things! If you know a teacher, you’ll know they have a lot of books and resources!!
I enjoyed my last few weeks of teaching and said goodbye to my last class on Wednesday 19th July 2017. 2 days of INSET followed this and they were very strange as I wasn’t setting up a classroom ready for a new class. I did however, busy myself helping others get ready and prepared for their new school year. The following few days after that were spent sleeping and recovering!! Weirdly, even though I now had the time to start blogging again I had just lost my mojo. I decided not to sweat it and take time out to be me again without any pressures. Luckily I was being paid until 31st August so I had a bit of time to get myself sorted.
Terrible isn’t it, just as it gets a bit juicy I end it! Part 2 will be here next week.
If you have any comments or questions, I’d love to hear from you! Have you done anything similar?