I'm just going to fast forward real quick to let you know that I started teaching Special Education at an elementary in August and it was everything I didn't think it would be and more! [insert excited squeal]
To be honest, it has been a semi-crummy year because I literally threw my hands in the air unsure of what I wanted to do or where I was going professionally. Jon got to hear me complain for months in a whiney, stressed voice about all of my uncertainties. Whiney April is not something anyone should have to experience. But I literally felt like I was at a loss. I knew I didn't want to work in the corporate world anymore, but that's probably 80% of that population. And if you don't want to do something you've been doing, what do you do? You whine about it. Then you stop whining one day and take a step in a more productive direction.
This is where education came in. For the past 4 years, Jon has encouraged me to get into this field. I laughed at him like he was a comedian, until that one day I quit my corporate job and decided to take the leap. It made no sense. I didn't even really know what I was getting into and other than Jon, my parents and a handful of friends, no one really knew what I was doing. To those that checked in on me, my plan and tried to understand...THANK YOU. I know it was confusing. Most days I didn't have a clear vision for where I was going and it was stressful and lots of tears were shed.
So to escape the depressing part of the story, let me just clue you in on the present. Like I said, I'm teaching Special Education at an elementary school. The kids are adorable, I get hugs pretty much all day and I get to hear the most hilarious things from these small humans we call students. I have met some fantastic co-workers who I now consider friends and I couldn't imagine another profession.
Since this is on my photography website you should know I'm still head over heels in love with my photography career. I love snapping all your faces and still get excited and antsy for every shoot as if it were my first. So to all of you who trust me behind the camera, THANK YOU. It means the world to me. Photography is something I have loved my entire life and it's fun to be at a place where I can apply it to a career.
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