It’s been a while, my dear blog.
I thought I would compile a short list of things I am thankful, particularly related to my job.
First of all, I’m thankful that I was able to find a job in a great school. What a blessing it is to enjoy going to work everyday!
I’m thankful that I have more good days than bad days. There have been days where I have gotten frustrated, or felt that I didn’t perform my best, but most of the time I come home saying, “That was a good day!”
I’m thankful that there are so many teachers that I can look to for help or advice. It’s definitely hard being the new girl in town, but it’s really comforting to have a staff that supports one another!
I’m thankful that I am not nearly as tired as I was during my student teaching. I don’t know what the difference is, because I am certainly doing more work now than during clinical practice, but I rarely feel the need to come home and sit on the couch and stare at the wall for a few hours.
I’m beyond thankful that my students made the transition to a new teacher so well. I went in expecting a lot of resistance, and while there was some at first (which was completely understandable!) we have really grown together. I’m grateful for the relationships I have created with some of them, and am looking forward to watching them grow throughout their high school years. I couldn’t have asked for a better “first year class.”
I’m realizing each day that teaching is an ideal job for musicians who didn’t want to be “performers.” I still get to make music every day, I’m just on the other side of the process. It’s a really fun position to be in, making a living while still having a creative outlet. I get to choose the music, make all the executive decisions on how it will sound in the end, and perform with my back to the audience where there is no awkward eye-contact to be had. All great things!
I’m so very thankful for this 5-day break. I needed a recharge session for sure. We have our first concert in 2 weeks, so I need all of the rest and sanity I can get before things go insane!
Of course, in addition to all of those work-related items, I’m thankful for wonderful family, fiancé, friends, great health, a roof over my head, and the world of music. Life is good, and I am very much so looking to the holiday season! Christmas carols on repeat!!
I hope you had a wonderful, restful Thanksgiving!