I would be lying if I said 2017 Was a great year for me. There are so many things that happened that made me question so much in life. It was an extremely hard year for me It was also a year that showed me the most lessons.
Lesson Number 1- Nothing is Guaranteed.
I am a hard working person, I always have been. When I had my son, and (almost )everyone in my life at that time told me I wouldn’t be much, and to just give up on school ( and life basically) I defied them, I continued my education. Killed myself, and at the end I got 3 degrees, the one I am most happy and proud of is my Masters in Education. So when I lost my job in 2017 what did I do? I worked hard to find another one.
See I am a preschool Teacher.. A job that I love, and one that many people question. When people think of preschool, They think of baby sitting or daycare, and when they think of preschool teacher, they think of unqualified person who just needs a job. Thats not my case, I worked in elementary school and it wasn’t for me. I didn’t enjoy it. I decided on a change early on in my career. I wanted to be a preschool teacher.
Finding a job in which was more than a babysitting/ daycare job(please understand I do not think there is anything wrong with either) was hard to find especially at the time of year I was looking. Getting into the school system is not an easy thing and since I have never been, here in Georgia… It was damn near impossible.
So, what do I do? Take a job that pays the bills… I had all but ran through my savings and had barley any money coming in. I had bills that were piling up and no where to turn, I had my son in college, my mom in NYC, both of whom I take care of so, I had to find something, anything.
They say beggars can’t be choosy, but I was. I think I stayed at one place for a week. It was pure chaos, and not one inch of learning was happening.
Then I found a great private school, score right? Wrong! There was so much going on there but, I had to stay because… As I mentioned before I had responsibilities. Finally a light at the end of the tunnel. The school year was beginning and I started receiving calls from places I had sent my resume to months ago.
On top of me losing my job, I lost my relationship. A lot of people aren’t aware of it, and if they now are it’s because I finally had to tell them. It was a hard ( but not messy) break up and the realization that it was over didn’t immediately hit me.
Lesson 2 Things get better:
Life will take you through ups and down but things do get better. I have some amazing friends who really helped me through my struggles in 2017. People I will never forget. Blogging, My friends my family, my ex and My dog has really helped me. At this moment I am working at a job in which I love and am content with being single. I have never cried and panicked as much as I have in 2017.
Lesson 3 take things a day at a time
I was the type to think about what would be a week or so later and that would drive me INSANE. Now, I take things as they come and one day at a time, I deal with what I can in the now and go from there.
Lesson 4: Don’t let the bad overshadow the good.
I’ve had some amazing times in 2017 as well.
I adopted an amazing dog named Lucky.
I made some new friends and strengthened some bonds.
My family moved out here to Georgia.
I went to Chicago for the first time
I went to Sanfran and Oakland for the first time( blog/vlog on this is coming soon).
I’ve rejuvenated my blogging and vlogging and it has been helpful in me getting over the bad.
…and much, much, more.
I am looking forward to an amazing 2018, Knowing that I am better and stronger and that I can get through whatever is thrown in my direction.