Did you know that 2014 is the Year of the Horse? Too bad that didn’t bring the Broncos any luck last night. As I mentioned yesterday, I really wasn’t cheering for either team but when it came down to it, I was pushing for the Seahawks because a) the neon accents on their uniforms were a nice touch and b) they actually showed up for the game. Sorry Broncos, maybe you’ll have better luck the next Year of the Horse… Which is 2026.
The Farmers Almanac is predicting that February is going to be a snowy month. I love not going to work just as much as everyone else (if not more), but no school = no money. When we had not just one, but three, snow days a couple of weeks ago it really sunk in – I can’t afford snow days, literally.
I’m absolutely loving what I’m doing and I have zero regrets about going back to teaching, but it can be overwhelming and stressful at times. The biggest stressor for me is the unknown. I hate it, always have and probably always will. I’m working on accepting that not everything is within my control, but it’s hard.
Currently, I’m in a long-term subbing position. I couldn’t be happier – my colleagues, the admin, and the students are all wonderful. I’m teaching math and science, my two favorite subjects (plus one section of language arts). It’s my former elementary school and the community is great. It feels like a perfect fit!
But… It’s only temporary. The teacher that I’m subbing for is on short-term leave and can come back at anytime. Yes, there’s a chance that she could also switch over to long-term leave at anytime, but it’s unknown at this time.
Over the course of the three days that I was at home I did a lot of thinking and I realized that I had two options…
I could continue with the long-term sub position and pick-up a part-time job to supplement.
I could apply to full-time teaching positions.
After looking around and weighing my options, I decided to explore a few different opportunities. I applied to two part-time positions and two full-time teaching positions. I heard back from both schools the next day and was informed that they already finished their interviews and were submitting their candidate decisions to the county. Soon after I heard back from both of the part-time positions and they both were still looking to hire so I scheduled interviews with both.
Last week I went to both interviews. Wednesday’s interview was great! We started with small talk, I answered a handful of traditional interview questions, and then conversation kept flowing. Thursday morning I received an email offering me a position – I was psyched!
Thursday’s interview was the complete opposite. We immediately walked into the back room, the interview questions felt intrusive (in my opinion), and once we finished there was an awkward silence before we both figured the interview was over… Not even 30 minutes after walking out I received an automated email informing me that I didn’t receive the position – I was not surprised and not phased one bit.
Anyone who passed me on the street on my way home probably thought I was crazy – I had a huge smile slapped across my face and I had a skip in my step… When I got home I immediately turned on my computer and responded to the email. Yes, yes, yes, I accept! Not exactly like that, but you get the gist.
Where will I be working? When do I start? My new part-time position is with Potomac River Running and my first day is this Thursday. I have a LOT to learn but I’m excited. Excited to work with people who share similar passions. Excited to learn more about running, running shoes, running apparel, running technique, injury prevention, and all things running. And excited to share my knowledge with those new to the sport! I’ve been running since my sophomore year in college, but don’t know much. The next month I’ll be a sponge, trying to absorb as much as possible.
My teaching position is still temporary and the future is still unknown, but I feel more confident knowing that I have a part-time position to supplement. The unknown may not be as bad as I once thought…
Question: Have you ever worked a part-time position? What was it? Did you enjoy it?
Question: Are you afraid of the unknown?