So much has changed since I wrote New Beginnings last June. At the time, I had just left my job in marketing to pursue a new career and for weeks I played with the idea of starting a small business of my own. It didn’t happen, clearly, because I’m not very business minded and had no idea where to start. However, I’m a big believer in everything happens for a reason. Every time I considered my career options and what I wanted from a job, it just kept coming back to teaching. I went to University with the hope to train as a teacher, but the thought of more fees really put me off. Who doesn’t want to start earning a living?!
After researching my options during the summer, I suddenly felt ready to begin a career in education, and I can honestly say, it felt so good to finally have a plan in place and feel like I was heading in the right direction.
Since last September, I’ve been working as a Learning Support Assistant in a Primary School and I’ve never felt happier and more certain of what I want to do. This September, I will be training as a teacher in school, so I can continue to earn a salary and learn on the job. I’m so excited and ready to begin teaching that I’m brimming with ideas and can’t wait to have a class of my own.
You know that saying, ‘do what you love,’ well, it couldn’t be more true. Leaving my marketing role was the best thing I did for myself. I was extremely unhappy and unfulfilled, but finding something that I’m so passionate about, albeit challenging, has made all the difference to my wellbeing. That’s the most important thing, isn’t it – to be happy.
Aside from work, Anthony and I entered the New Year in Galway with a group of his friends. It’s a fantastic, quaint little city with traditional Irish pubs and cute cobbled streets. I had been before, but it was nice to see the place so alive. We then spent the rest of the week in Cork with Ant’s family before heading home to routine and reality.
Both January and February have been fairly quiet months, not that I’m complaining. It’s around this time when the evenings start getting brighter again, that I find myself making lists of the things I want to do. It’s also been easier to establish an evening routine without feeling so tired and succumbing to the 4pm pyjama change.
The recent sunshine has definitely put a spring in my step, hence why I’m writing again.
Hopes for the Year
At the start of any new year, I tend not to make any resolutions because I know I won’t stick to them. Instead, I like to give myself a few things I’d like to work towards over the course of the year. I should have written this post earlier but the truth is, I didn’t think about blogging for a long time!
Eat more plant-based: For the past eleven years I have been a pescetarian by choice. Growing up I always knew I wanted to stop eating meat for many reasons, but it wasn’t until I was old enough to put my foot down that I decided to eliminate it from my diet. A lot of people questioned my choice, and I knew they meant well, but I was really tired of hearing comments such as, ‘you’re going to get ill’, ‘you look pale, get some meat down you’ and ‘what are you going to eat?’, like the world only revolves around the meat industry. This year, however, I really want to give up fish and so far, I’ve been opting for completely vegetarian or vegan dishes when eating out or at home.
Start a creative project: Whether this happens or not, I’d love to start a small creative project during the 6 week summer holiday before starting my teacher training. I’m not too sure what it’ll be just yet, but I want to make sure I utilise the spare time I have to pick up a past enjoyment. Usually, whenever I start a creative piece of work, I feel overwhelmed with pressure before I’ve even started for no reason at all. Hopefully, I can work out a way to let go and just have fun with it.
Grow something (in the ground): This year, I really want to grow something, whether it’s flowers, veg or herbs, I haven’t quite decided yet. I just want to try my hand at growing something and learning all about how to tend and care for it. It’s also nice to know that there’s no nasties or added chemicals to home-grown food, which is definitely a plus. A dream of mine is to one day own a garden large enough to grow my own food, so I need to start somewhere.
Cook more: I’m not a natural in the kitchen, but I do want to experiment further this year. If there’s not much in the cupboards or fridge I just panic, because I don’t know what to make, but when I have a recipe to follow, I enjoy cooking so much more. Which is why I want (and need) to start meal planning. Not only does it help to save money, and reduce food waste, but it’ll save me from those stressful, awkward moments when I really just can’t decide what to make.