I realize it has been nearly half a year since I last made a blog post. Yikes.
A lot has happened in the last six months. Here’s a brief summary:
June – I got hired at Jo-Ann! What a God-send of a job! What a blessing to get a job – any job – a month after graduating. Plus, it didn’t hurt working in a fabric and craft store – it kept me inspired!
August – I interviewed at Horizon Learning Center for a full-time teaching position. The first interview went really well. When I came back to teach a sample lesson, however, things fell apart. I didn’t get the job. I was heartbroken. I was SURE I was going to get the job. I was angry with God. I was disappointed with myself. I questioned my ability to teach. I questioned why I went to school for four years to end up with nothing. It was a very depressing time in my life. I was angry that I set myself up for disappointment. I would usually never be so self-confident, but I was… foolish. And I settled back into working basically full-time at Jo-Ann.
October – Marlene (the director at Horizon) called me back because they had a teaching assistant position open and she wanted me to fill it. So I did the final interview stage, which went well also, and I started working at Horizon part-time. I began to scale back my hours at Jo-Ann.
November – When I decided that I needed to scale back my hours further at Jo-Ann, and tried to put in a change of availability, my boss refused to accept my change and told me to make a choice between the two jobs. I decided to choose Horizon and so put in my two-weeks at Jo-Ann. At the very end of those two weeks, my boss came to me and apologized for making me choose and asked me to stay. After some hard deliberation with myself, I agreed to stay. A week later, at Horizon, one of my coworkers (the assistant director) left for a new job, which left her position and class open. Chris got moved up to the assistant director position and to Elizabeth’s class. I got moved up to Chris’ class – a full time teaching position, and with my own class! (Incidentally, this was the class I interviewed for in August.)
I spent the following weeks from Thanksgiving to Christmas working every day. Seven days a week. Eight hour days. A couple weeks ago, I got sick. It started with a sore throat and an awful headache. In a couple days, I got a fever and had to go home from work. One of the things I realized that working every day was getting me sick – because I was exposed to sick kids and never getting time to rest.
So, just over a week ago, I put in my two-weeks at Jo-Ann again. My last day will be the 31st, and I will start the new year off fresh. 2012 is going to be a wonderful, WONDERFUL year!
Did I mention that December 20th marked the four year anniversary of dating Ryan? We decided to go our for lunch that day since I was working and he wasn’t that day. He came to pick me up at work, but before he would let me get in the car, he made me open up my gift, which was the “Let’s Merry” tumbler. As I did, he got down on his knee and asked me to marry him! I was speechless, but of course I said yes!
I’M GETTING MARRIED!