Preparing for Disappointment–Planning for Adventure

I remember someone telling me when I began teaching, “Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.”  Isn’t that appropriate, all you teachers out there?  I’m even thinking of my sweet friend today that had an observation.  Seriously.  Who schedules an observation on Monday morning before Christmas break?!?!  Sigh…  (I know I don’t have to worry about her–she’s a GREAT teacher!)

Anyhow, back to the point:  I am preparing for disappointment.  I know I said that it would be okay if the job in NOVA doesn’t work out, but honestly, I really want it!  I want to teach Pre-K.  I want to go back to Virginia.  I want to re-assume a life of traffic, D.C. weirdos,  and sweet fellowship.  I want. I want. I want.  I know that this might not be about what I want…

I am preparing to be bummed in a couple days.  I was told that the school would be interviewing all last week.  I was told they would make a decision by Thursday of this week.  I haven’t heard a peep, and I know how these things work: interviews, emails, second interviews, good news!

BUT, I will NOT be depressed and whiney!  I know God’s plan is great for me!  Soooo, I am planning adventure.  That was the plan, remember?  Last night, in preparation for bad news, I made a couple strides in a fun adventurous direction.  I applied (or emailed school directors) in Brazil, Eastern Europe, Spain, Morocco and some other South American country I don’t remember.  Today, I am going to send info to Ghana.  I mean, why not??  (Seriously, why not?  If anyone can think of why I should or shouldn’t go…speak now!)

I have also decided to reapply to the Department of Defense schools.  I know those won’t start until next school year, but I figure a head start wouldn’t hurt.  If only something would work out soon!

10 responses

  1. Oh. Em. Gee. 🙂
    My friend sent me a link to your blog because your story is EXACTLY my story as well! Ah! Crazy that someone out there is/was going through the same exact thing as me. Your blog banner (See girl. See girl teach. See girl quit. See girl live!) is the story of my life these past few months! I also quit my teaching job (3rd grade) in Sept/Oct and I was left to figure out what God wanted from me. Although I was learning a lot from it, I was definitely shaken and felt like such a failure. I’m not sure if God wants me back in the classroom or if that door is shut forever but I’m definitely learning to be content in Him no matter what I do. I know what it’s like to apply for what feels like a million jobs and not hear back from any! But God is still good and He definitely does the right thing at the right time :). I just got hired at an HR company and I love it. Who knows where I’ll be when then next school year comes around, but from one teacher “quitter” 😉 to another, be encouraged that it’s just a job, not your identity. God never forgets us and He has something very special planned for you. Best of luck to you 🙂 and please update us when good news comes!

    ❤ Your sister in Christ from Seattle 🙂

  2. Hooray! You don’t know how much this comment made my day! (Not that I want ANYONE to go through what I have been going through…) It’s crazy the way we’re led and the struggles that we never expected to face. We have a hymn that says, “And if my lot be cast today, somewhere I would not choose. Help me to know that in thy will, I shall but gain, not lose.” Not to sound preach-y, but I have gotten so much strength from this verse in Proverbs 20:24 “Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?” It helps me feel less unsure knowing that it’s really not my business to know where right now.

    Please keep reading and commenting! I’d love to know how your adventure turns out for you!

  3. Dear Jania,
    I am SO happy to stumble across your blog today via Peter and Marissa’s… and LOVE it! Todd and I have been thinking of you often and a few days ago I went looking for you on fb with the thought to send you a message but, found you missing. WOW! Thrilling to think of you there in Chiapas and beginning a new journey! I love all you have shared and we will surely be thinking of you! Love, Sarah & Todd
    PS I posted on this “older” entry because the above hymn verse is and has been my favorite for many years…

    • Sooo happy to hear from you! Which hymn is it? “Not my will but thine?” please let me know how things are going for you guys! I hear you might get some new residents soon?? Xoxoxo

  4. Hi Jania!
    We are doing great! We are pretty excited about the prospect of new residents!! Oh, and the hymn I was referring to was 259…”Lord in My Need”…you had mentioned it in a reply (dec 21) on your post, “preparing for disappointment….” Sure have thought of you lots this week! I am encouraged by your courage! Loved the pics you shared from Sunday! You will cherish that special little meeting 🙂 Hugs to you!

  5. When I was student teaching, the teacher I was working with told me the same thing. I’m still trying to learn this lesson, but it’s definitely one to remember every day, especially when one is working with kids.

    I also wanted to echo what Inna said. I latched onto your blog because of your banner and the story that it tells, also because that’s essentially what I did. I walked away from teaching because I couldn’t handle it, moved to Washington, and have little to no idea where God will take me next. For this, I am interested in following your adventures and hearing more.

    • Jamie,
      Thank you for telling me that! I felt so strange when I quit my job, but it is one thing that I have been TOTALLY peaceful about. I know it was the right decisions. Since then, many more life changes have occured. The important thing is that you´re willing for what might be next and seeking direction, right? I sure do hope that things work out for you!
      From one quitter to another, keep the faith!

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