Monday, May 28, 2012

MM: Emotional Sabbatical and High School Visitation

MondayMadnessLogoThere were nothing new in regards to Treegold & Beegold this past week nor to the Etsy Shop. It was chaos for me both physically and mentally.

High School Visitation Hours Done

I spent Monday thru Thursday finishing my observation hours at the nearby High School. It was crazy there because school ends in 2 weeks. Though some of the teachers didn’t think I would learn much in regards to instructional strategies I did learn a lot about handling and guiding the students when they had already checked out for the summer.

Math_WordProblemsI even gave my first lesson in a Geometry class. Boy was I nervous when I first stepped up there but after a few minutes I was just fine. The lesson was a very simple and short one. Also the teacher was very helpful in giving me suggestions without running the show for me.


A few hours later in a different class the teacher needed to step out so he asked me to go over some of the review problems. No nervousness at all. For all the ups and downs of teaching I am really looking forward to it. I know it’s a tough job but as I heard from many teachers the best days are really extremely rewarding.

Emotional Sabbatical

There was one huge down side after finishing the observation time, trying to juggle that on top of classes, home etc. left me drained. I’ve been battling depression for months now. Pretty much it started when I was let go from my last job.

That’s something I’m sure everyone can understand.

I’ve always had an issue with depression but generally I do pretty good. Friday and Saturday though I just fell into this low point that I couldn’t seem to shake. I needed a break from the internet and even thinking about Treegold & Beegold.

Crazy enough the thing that helped get me out of it? Hubby helped me get our downstairs clean. I worked on the kitchen while he did the living room and entry area. For 2 1/2 hours we cleaned none stop and now I don’t have the looming feeling of failure every time I walk into one of those rooms. Yes there is more to clean but it’s nothing compared to what we did nor is it so important.

I really feel so much better today and I know I’ll have more down spots but it’s amazing how much better a clean kitchen makes me feel.

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day and took some time to remember those who have given so much for our freedoms.

And have a great rest of the week!



  1. You are so amazing to reach out and try something new. You are gonna be a great teacher!

    1. Thank you, I really appreciate it. :)

  2. Hugs hugs hugs! I so understand the unplug issue. I have been in the same boat for different reasons with the same outcome. Frustration and overwhelm, teething and growing pains, lack of support on all fronts in different areas of my "jack of all trades" ... but it is getting better! Finding something, like you did, really helps! and knowing that there are people out there cheering us on does too :)

    1. Thank you so much Gypsy. Yes finding something to focus on and having people to cheer us on is always useful. Now I'm a bit behind on things today though so Eekk!

  3. School let out here last week. Teaching is a great profession. My boyfriend is in school to be an elementary school teacher and he is loving it! I'm glad to hear you are feeling better. :) Exercise is great to pull you out of a depression!



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