|Sunflower from Seventeen Hundred Seeds|
It's hard for me to stop and focus on the positive in life. I have so much going on that I can finally share...
The last day of school is coming up. I have 9 days left of contract time and 8 days left with my students. I will not be teaching art at my school next year. Actually, I have no idea what I will be doing, but I am more excited than I am scared. Someone asked me the other day if I would take the job again, knowing what I know now... What I know now doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. I have learned so much and grown as a professional and as a person. I have met so many great kids! More than 600 came to my room every week! They are funny, fearless, creative, and sweet. Yes, it's been difficult to teach art with a $0 budget, lukewarm support, and some discipline problems. I think that may be normal. I know I will miss my students and job so much, but it's time to move on. It's a bittersweet time. And, yes! I would absolutely take this job again! I am exhausted. I need a mental and physical break, but I have no regrets.
I am getting married in 3 weeks! I am excited and nervous, but looking forward to wrapping up the tiny details and having the party of a lifetime with my partner, my best friend. He's smart, amazing, kind, dedicated, everything I could have ever wished and hoped for. He's the right person, exactly what I need, and he makes me want to be a better person. He truly is Mr. Wonderful in every sense of the word. I would follow him anywhere, and I will. This summer we will move to Belgium... again.