Summer Plans

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I’ve officially completed my sixteenth year of teaching and it was a great year. My students worked hard and we created a fantastic community I hope will last in the years to come. We learned, we laughed, and then we cried when it was time to say goodbye. This sort of bond doesn’t happen every year, so I am particularly grateful when it does happen.

Teaching can be a demanding profession, but all that hard work pays off when students walk out of my classroom a little wiser and a little more confident than when they entered nine months before. Having summers off is pretty awesome, too.

So, what should I do with two months all to myself?? The possibilities are endless, especially since I’m starting to feel a bit more free than I have in the last few years. After dealing with so much loss (family, friends, and furkids have all passed away in the last three years), I’ve admittedly not been myself. However, it finally feels like some of those heavy clouds are starting to clear. I can feel bits and pieces of myself falling back into place. And its exciting.

My list of things I want to do is already likely to fill up more time than I have, but I like having options when I wake up in the morning:

  1. Start trail running, again. Years ago, I was a trail runner and I loved it. I gave it up due to time constraints, but now I think its time to bring it back into my life. The physical activity and time with nature did a world of good for me.

2. Start cooking, again. For some reason, I stopped cooking healthy meals and making salads. I’m going to pull those old recipe cards out and get away from those processed boxed meals.

3. Knit. Like there was ever any doubt this would be on the agenda! This summer I’m looking to learn some new techniques and add more socks to my already stuffed sock drawer.

4. Write. Also a no-brainer item for the agenda. I’m hoping to continue my haiku practice, but also to jump back into the query process for my novel. I haven’t given up on that yet and I have all summer to send out query packages to the agents on my list.

5. Read. I have a stack of “to read” books I can’t wait to dive into this summer. I’m already halfway through my Goodreads Challenge goal, but I want to be at least 5 books ahead of schedule before the new school year starts.

6. Learn something new. I’m still deciding what I’m going to learn – I’ve kicked around everything from languages to a new craft. We’ll see where the muse takes me!

7. Binge on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. I have several shows/movies I want to watch and catch up on including, Grimm, Portlandia, The Blacklist, Bob’s Burgers, About Time, Theory of Everything, The End of the Tour, and so many others!

8. Work. Yep, teachers can’t help but do some work over the summer. I’m teaching a new class (AP World History) in the fall, so I’m going to try and get a jump on the planning process. It’s a class I’ve always wanted to teach, so I’m looking forward to outlining the basic structure.

9. Spend time with family, furkids, and friends. As my circle continues to get smaller, more free time means more time with those I care about the most. I’m just going to hold onto them a little tighter and make sure they know how much I love them.

10. Clean out the house. It’s time to purge the shed and closets of the stuff we no longer use or need. I cleared out the built up junk in my classroom last week, so I’m already in the mindset of getting rid of clutter.

This list should probably have the word “relax” somewhere in there, but I’ve never been one for long periods of sleep or sitting still. Why start now?

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c.b.w. 2016

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16 thoughts on “Summer Plans

  1. World History – now that’s a big subject! Clean out the house (and shed) – Now that’s a big job (For me anyhow)! Relax watching Amazon-Prime… I recently caught up with the Bosch series and thoroughly enjoyed it. Hope all your plans come to fruition πŸ™‚

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  2. There are so many things to love about being a teacher, and that sense of community is certainly one of them. Those bonds sometimes last for years. πŸ™‚

    Sounds like a good list to me! Writing is back towards the top of mine since it was so badly neglected over the school year.

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    • Its sometimes more difficult to get that bond among high school students, but this year turned out to be one of those magical years. I can’t remember the last time so many students said goodbye with a hug. It was so heartwarming.

      So far, I’ve been camping out at the bookstore the read (a lot) and write. It’s been fabulous! I hope you get to do the same! πŸ™‚

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  3. Glad you are starting to feel yourself and have a plan of action. My life has been full of changes and loss also and I can’t seem to make the leap back to blogging. I’m still alive and moving forward with tiny steps.

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    • I found myself having to take a step back from some of the things I normally do, just so I could take some time to adjust to ways my life has changed. Some people have understood that need while others question it. Ultimately, you have to do what is right for you. There is no right way to grieve and only you can know what you need to move forward. I kept up with blogging because writing is a cathartic practice and it offered both an escape and an outlet for what I was feeling. Its not easy to step forward into a life that looks so different from the one you have known – I’m thinking of you and I hope the clouds lift soon.

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