Detour This Way —–>

I threw in the rag.  Ditched it.  Packed my bags and hopped onto a jet plane.  I quit my job.

It’s weird; teaching has been my identifying mark for a while.  My friend said, “Jania, you’re still a teacher.  You just aren’t practicing.”  This break is totally what I needed.  The reality is it was time for me to move on.  I didn’t want to be one of those teachers that sticks around when she’s miserable (we all know them…)  I will go back to education, but it’s the perfect time for a break.  Maybe the Department of Education will get it together while I am gone.

So, while I was painting a fellow teacher’s nursery, I had an epiphany.  Or rather, she smacked me in the head with a reality check.  After saying that I always wanted to travel, she replied, “Jania, what’s holding you back?”  I realized that not one thing could hold me back now.  I mean, I have bills, but…

Well, I’ve found my way back to Tennessee.  It’s been years since I’ve lived here–over four.  It’s like another planet here.  I don’t mean that completely negative:  it’s like I tell Isaac, “Life is slower here.”  I am signing up to substitute teach so that I can save my money for my next big move.  In the meantime, it’s the daily grind (southern style) for me!  By that I mean, this is what my week has consisted of:  meeting, hanging out with the Mexican nephew, cooking, hanging out with my Mexican niece.

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2 responses

  1. Jania,
    I’m happy for you, but I’m sad you are gone. I do like the sound of the slower pace of life….Kitsap county beacons me. Maybe you will be my inspiration. P.S. your mural in Ann’s room is gorgeous!!!

    • Thanks, Cristy! I do miss you all there too! It’s funny the way life works out–and I’m confident that this year it is necessary for me to have a sabbatical! I had so much fun painting, but I have to come finish up at some point!

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