Inspired by Thiago’s post, I thought I’d write a bit of a ramble/ life update post. Thiago is in a good place. I am not or maybe I am. You see, I used to post one or two blog posts a week about teaching, activities, lesson plans etc. but at the moment I am not feeling it. At all. I am going to tell you why and what I am doing about it.
I did my summer course in the UK and came back to work. I had no holidays. Nada. Now, I am working again. In Greece. I teach online every morning from 9:15-3 and I also have a few afternoon classes with Greek kids. Nothing major.
I decided to make a small change and stop working all day and do other things that make me happy. Have a personal life and live a little. See if it works for me.
Don’t get me wrong, I have fun when I teach, I just don’t want to teach all the time. I used to though. 24/7. Work, work, work and then blog about it.
Now I feel like I have workaholic withdrawal syndrome….
What am I doing?
I am starting photography lessons next week. I have already signed up for classes. I am also going to continue my painting lessons.
I work out a bit more, but I do wanna join a gym, just feeling a bit lazy.
I read books a bit. Watch more TV. I just have more time for me.
I still blog, but it’s more about girlie stuff. Makeup , shopping , life and so on.
I think I am suffering from teacher burnout and trying to find ways to deal with it. I am tired of working all day and making ends meet. I am tired of dealing with parents. Disciplining kids who are not interested. I don’t feel inspired by teaching materials and I am too lazy to be creative. I am just not feeling it and I am not going to force it either. I have been teaching full time (maybe even over full time) for 20 years now and I know that an unhappy overworked teacher is a bad teacher.
Maybe I am having a midlife crisis and in a few months I will be back on track but at the mo, jo has lost her mojo BUT I am happy. Content.
So, yeah. That’s my mindset and I am OK with it.