I am writing this at the very end of my break so bear with me and my bitterness. However, I had a really nice and balanced break. A friend from Toronto visited me which was a complete surprise and made me feel loved. I also went to Jasper for the first time! Jasper is like a weird version of Banff and like, major Twin Peaks vibes. It was rainy and foggy, which kind of made hiking not the greatest but we managed two very baby trails and snapped some lovely pictures.

After a lovely time seeing the mountains, I now have a mountain of marking and planning to do! Which is fine, and will get done. I am looking forward to getting back into a routine again and getting through this final term of school.

I’ve been pretty good at keeping my work and life balanced. It’s been really hard learning that this year. As a teacher, I find that my to-do list is neverending. There is always something I could be doing, could be organizing, could be “fixing”, or making better. There is always a parent to call or a lesson to plan or something to grade. And sometimes you just need to say no and know that it’ll all get done by June. Oftentimes, you also need to know what to prioritize. In the first term two hours would go by after school and I wouldn’t even know what I did but I did do something. Now I *try* to make sure I leave by 4:30 with the exception of specific busy times of year like report cards or parent-teacher interviews. I’m doing better and recognizing that my time is valuable – as a teacher and as a human being.

Hello again.

Hi! I am going to try posting (again) because I have so many goals and new routines for 2019, it’d be nice to have a place to write about it all and also hold myself somewhat accountable. Currently, I am working on the following:

  • A sleep schedule with minimal alarm snoozing. During the week nights it’d be nice (and healthy for my brain) to be in bed by 9:30 and to start reading before bed.
  • Read more! Connected to the previous goal where I can read a half hour or so before bed. This goal also includes putting books aside that maybe aren’t serving me / I don’t want to read in order to read something I will actually like and enjoy. Oftentimes I will feel stuck with a book and then I won’t read it but I also won’t start anything else.
  • Less phone time before bed! Then I can read, then I can sleep at a decent time, etc.
  • Cross stitching – figure out some easy patterns? I started this several weeks ago and did some practice stitching so now I just need to get some easy patterns!
  • Tidy stuff.
  • Air plants / redo some terrariums I have!

Anyways, last week was a week that showed me how important my time is, but also how important my sleep routine is to my brain. I was going to bed at later hours and then out all day due to working and then errands and then people and it definitely MESSED ME UP. I was moody plus my period is coming so there’s that. Obviously there are going to be busier weeks! This happens! But man I still need to maintain routine.