After a genuinely wonderful few weeks, work starts back today. I work in a good school with lovely colleagues, but many of my teacher friends aren’t as lucky and consequently my Facebook feed has been filled over the last few days with proclamations of dread and anxiety, funny memes and a wish for a time machine so they can relive the last two weeks all over again. Over the years, I have joined them – it’s difficult not to focus on the dark, cold mornings and the fact that this term (for me at least) is the most pressured.
In the spirit of a New Year and a new start, I have decided to adopt a more positive approach. Therefore, I was awake bright and early this morning, I’m dressed and ready to go and I’m actually looking forward to catching up with all the people that I haven’t seen in a while and hearing about their holiday escapades. In an economy where millions are unemployed and cannot afford to heat their house or buy food, I am lucky and I am grateful to have a stable, well-paying job, and this year I am determined not to forget that.
I hope you all have a lovely Monday!
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V positive start. Beat of luck.
I taught for 35 years and although I love having my own time now I did like the excitement of a new term with new stationery & the opportunity to share my interests with young minds – even this term! Good luck.
A friend of mine has just retired after 33 years and I know that when I was getting up on Monday morning she was still in bed. I was very jealous!
Many of my friends are also teachers and so my twitter/facebook feeds are very much a mixed bag today! hope you continue to have such a positive day!
Thank you – most of mine were quite depressed about it and were all complaining about going back. It was actually a really nice day in general – the usual training session and the realisation that paperwork has to be rewritten… again. Fun!
Great attitude, Suzie. I decided to change it up, too. Instead of hitting the snooze button three times, I got up early to ride my exercise bike instead. Exercise done for the day.
Ooh get you! I didn’t do any exercise, but I got up! Hope you had a nice start to the year!
I did – thanks!
Good perspective. I’m not thrilled to be out in the frigid temps but it’s better than not having a reason to go out. Hope you have a great day!
Absolutely! It’s so much harder to leave in the cold and the dark, but it’s not as bad as you think once you get there!
Good attitude. The meme is hilarious though because that is quite unfortunately the truth.
Haha! Theres quite a few versions of these and they’re all really good! Hope you had a good start to the new year!
I’m getting over a cold/virus. I’ll live.
Well said Suzie! Positive thinking all the way 🙂
Thank you! Hope your new year was good!
Hope you had a great day! My kids head back to school today, also *breathes huge sigh of relief/considers going back to bed*
Haha! While my teacher friends were all upset on Facebook, all my friends who are parents were celebrating!
Niece and nephews were up bright as early as well. Wish I could have been as quick for the new school term.
It was ok as i had a training day and then I don’t work on Tuesdays so the last two days have been nice – it starts again tomorrow though!
I am back to work today too. Welcome back! 🙂
How are you my lovely? Are you ok?
Yesterday, yes. Today,not so much. Luckily, the day will be over soon.
How are you?
I’m ok, just trying to catch up with stuff. I found your email the other day in my spam folder for some reason!
I’ve adopted a similar attitude for this morning’s return to work after a deliciously long two weeks off. I laid out my outfit the night before, got up early, prepared a nice healthy breakfast, and tried to take deep breaths and think affirming thoughts – and then my new iPhone fell and cracked, and I twisted my ankle 30 mins later! *face palm* I’m trying to see the humor in all of this..
I know I shouldn’t laugh Jhaneel, but you comment made me giggle – not at what happened but in the way you phrased it! How’s your ankle now?
Haha. It’s ok – I had to laugh too (if only so I didn’t cry..) And the ankle is actually feeling fine now, thankfully!
Thats what i keep trying to tell myself, be more positive! We both have band directors jobs in the same county and I am one of the feeder schools for my husband’s school. Gotta remember I am fortunate. I hope we can both (all 3, to include my husband) stay positive this term/ semester!
I actually thought of you the other morning because you have had so many similar experiences to me and find the job as exasperating as i do sometimes! Hope you have a lovely term!
It’s good to know I am not alone! Lol! Have an excellent term yourself and hopefully we will both stay positive!
Definitely! Keep in touch!
I will certainly do my best!
Suzie! You left my ipod embarrassing songs post without admitting to an embarrassing song you have on your ipod. C’mon Suzie, I know you have some secrets in that iPod of yours!
Sorry Phil – I loved the post but didn’t have time to write the comment so I’m going through them all now… I’ll be over in a bit!
Sorry to have nagged a bit. I know you’re a music person and I’m dying to know what dirty little musical secrets you might have hiding in your iPod.
You didn’t nag at all!
Well, I kind of did pursue you for a comment, which I’ve never done before.
Haha! It’s been a while since I’ve been pursued…
As a college instructor I can certainly relate…thanks for making me smile…the semester begins next week.
Thanks Chris! What age range do you teach?
18 – 22
That’s great Suzie!! I wanted to be a chemistry HS teacher before I decided to get into healthcare. I have some friends going back to their teaching jobs as well, and I can’t believe how many are dreading it! But, I’m glad to hear you’re planning on having a positive outlook. You rock for what you do.
Thank you! I think many of my science teacher friends wish they had gone into healthcare instead!
So interesting how we all want the opposite!
Reblogged this on The Echo Chamber.
Thank you for the reblog!
This has been a thoughtful and refreshing post. I love your attitude. I’ve used this daily website for some years now, http://www.greatday.com
Thanks for your blog, I enjoy reading each post.
Thank you very much – really appreciate it!
Wish I’d read this yesterday.. it was phenomenal!
Although short, this blog was sweet : ) My workplace is a little negative too and to help myself stay focused and as an experiment for my blog, I’m going to be taking one day each week for a month (starting next week) where I can’t complain once. It’s going to be tough, but I’m hoping it will make me more mindful about negative thinking.
Thanks very much! I find that when I’m surrounded by negative people I follow their mindset… Good luck on your no complaints day – let me know how you get on with it!
I love how you take control of your own mindset! We do have the power to shift our attitudes, and thus the outcome of our days! 🙂
Thank you! I decided after experiencing a tough few years I needed to change my mindset. So far, it’s working well!
Fantastic! I had my “epiphany” in the spring of 2010, and I have worked hard since then to be positive. Congrats on your 10K followers, too! 🙂