Because we can’t sew ALL the time, right?
1. Happy Home
Jamie continues to be the best part of my life every single day, and our cats keep us both entertained. It feels like a year where things are coming together.
I’ve been so proud to see the strength in my family through hard times, and I could not love and admire them more. I feel incredibly lucky in many ways!
3. New Job
To my great surprise, I got hired this summer as an ESL specialist teacher! I didn’t even know such a job existed around here. Turns out there are 5 of us in my school board, and we each work directly with English Language Learners at 5-10 schools, as well as collaborating with teachers to support ESL students. It’s been a huge learning curve, and I LOVE it! It’s so fascinating to be able to focus on seeing everything through an ESL lens – usually as teachers we are balancing so much that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There’s no promise that I’ll be able to keep the position next year, but for now, I’m thrilled.
4. Permanent Job
Ok, yes, this is almost like the first one… but because of my new job, I am finally a permanent employee! After teaching for 3 years in Japan, I spent 4 years doing temporary teaching jobs like maternity leaves and supply teaching. Being a permanent contract employee means that I get paid through vacations like Christmas, March break, and the summer holiday. It also means we won’t lose health insurance every summer, and I won’t have the nerve-wracking and soul-destroying anxiety of applying to 60+ positions each July in hopes I get one! Jamie is still working semester-long jobs, but having at least one of us permanent is a huge relief.
5. Improving my Photography
As I do these Top 5 posts, I can’t believe how much better my pictures are then in the first half of the year – even though nothing changed about my equipment! Most of it is simple stuff, like figuring out how to focus more effectively when using a tripod and remote. One of my goals for 2015 was to get out and about while taking pictures, and I’ve definitely conquered that fear! The Better Pictures Project has been a great motivator for me, and I’ve loved seeing other people get involved too. Thanks to my monthly muses for their inspiration and advice. January is going to be about taking pictures inside – something I’ve always really struggled with!
Next up: Reflections and Goals!
If you haven’t checked through the growing list of Top 5 participants, it’s worth a look! Everyone has linked to their posts in the comments on this post. I”m having fun reading them all!