I am also having a career crisis- is teaching what I want to do forever? If not, is it something I can do for the next couple of years, even? Is all the stress and unhappiness because I'm still only a second-year teacher and perhaps because I haven't found the right type of school? Or is it because this career is too tumultuous for me? Have I truly found my passion?
Those are my two biggest concerns moving into 2017 (as far as my one little word is concerned). Luckily, as far as my relationship goes, we are passionate about each other, and I'm so thankful. I know there are other avenues to explore with this word, like just being more passionate of a personal overall, or perhaps finding passion in all that I do, even if I don't enjoy it.
Many bloggers and non-bloggers alike participate in OLW. Here's a great podcast episode from Elise Gets Crafty about this topic where she interviews the creator, Ali Edwards.
My OLW for 2015 was embrace. I loved my experience with it then and I definitely think I embodied that word, so I can't wait to see what 2017 will bring.
What's your one little word for 2017?
I absolutely love this national monument. I've been here a few times before (while growing up, and about 5 years prior) but this trip was the best one. Chris and I walked through every inch of the fort and read and watched all the information available- it's fascinating. The massive fort was built to protect the city of St. Augustine, sitting alongside the gorgeous Matanzas river. The original construction started in 1672, finishing in 1695.
There are all sorts of rooms to go into once inside the fort, including a very tiny storage room that you have to literally crawl to get inside. It's lit, but still dark, damp, and creepy. You can almost feel the weight of the heavy coquina construction above you. My favorite part was the live demonstration they did with the cannon and period-guns. They do the reinactment a few times a day (on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) with a few park volunteers in super hot, wool costumes, and a park ranger who gives great background information.
Admission is $10 per adult (anyone over 16), but the reciept is good for a few days, so you can come back another day if you missed anything. We were there for about 2 hours total. I would definitely recommend visiting the fort while you're in St. Augustine. It's right next to the beautiful, clear-blue water.
The gift shop inside is where I found out about the passport program and was instantly excited by the idea of it. I bought a collector's edition passport, stamped about 6 stamps in my book from this location alone because they had some fun, extra stamps (usually parks only have one- two for 2016 because it's the centenial year) and then had the dream of visiting all 413 entities of the National Park system.
Wow... it's been a year and a half since I last wrote a blog post. Can I say the culprit was a few major life changes? Like: finishing grad school, getting my first teaching position, teaching summer school, moving to a new school, getting engaged, and finding a new puppy (yey, now we have 2 beautiful rescues!). Not that those are excuses, but man, it's been a busy 18 months.
Back in March, I bought my own domain and started to fix it up and transfer my old blog posts to my new site (here!). I was determined to get serious about blogging again while running my own teacherspayteachers shop. Well, after spring break, returning to teaching was super difficult- emotionally and physically, so, here we are at the end of December, finally publishing a post. But this time, I'm ready. I'm serious, and I'm committed.
2017 will be the best year yet because I will make it the best.
Here are some topics I'll be posting about, as well as my long and short-term goals. I hope you'll join me as I share my inspiration and happiness, and help you cultivate yours as well.
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Blog posts from 2014-2015 were transferred from my original blog on blogger, Oshiro Design, to my updated website, oshirodesigns.com