Sunday, August 1, 2010

"Krista, you got some splanin' to do!": A Post on Why I'm Taking a Break from Teaching

This is a timely post in some ways, and in others, it's way over due. It's to address why I'm not teaching this year. And I thought I'd borrow a little from one of my favorite shows, I Love Lucy, to explain what exactly was going on.

There's been two kind of reactions when I told people I would not be going back to teaching next year.


and #2

I think people are shocked for a number of reasons. The first being I've taught for nine years. Yep, nine years. I like to flatter myself I was just a mere child myself when I started teaching....actually, it's more like I was barely 22 when I got my first job. I taught six years in middle school, three years in high school, and I also taught one year of adjunct college classes. Besides the experience, most people know I spent time and energy on teaching. In other words, I got my Masters degree and my Gifted Certification. I also won a Class Act Teaching Award and got featured on a local news station. And most know that I love teaching. They've heard me tell stories about teaching, talk about my students--even request prayer at church for them. So I guess that's why they've been baffled.

And really, I'm taking a break this year. I don't intend to turn my back on teaching forever. I'd miss the kids too much to do that.

I'm not leaving teaching to do nothing but sit around the house. I DO HAVE another job--I would not have left without making sure I had another income. I will be freelance writing for Demand Studios. I know the word "freelance" makes it sound like fly by night or not steady work. But it is! I can make as much as I did teaching....frankly, I can make more than I made teaching. It just depends on the hours I want to devote to it. I write on what I want to, when I want to, and I get paid twice a week. Not bad, huh? And I get to work from the comfort of my pajamas. *yes, I'm smiling right now*

So what do I write? I get to write on anything and everything. Demand gives you set titles. You research about them and then write them. I've written on everything from the Top Buckhead Condos, to how to get cat urine how of carpet, to goals for student teachers, to RV campgrounds in Idaho. That's the beauty of it. You write on so many different things that it's hard to get bored.

Here's what my new work schedule will look like:

7:00: Get up and go walk(I want to build back to the 5miles I once did)
8:00-8:30: Breakfast & Shower
8:30-12:00: Work
12:00-2:00: Lunch and Afternoon Break(Probably cooking some for my grammy to make sure she's eating better)
2:00-4:00: Work

But here's the truth and real reason I left: I needed a change. I was mentally and physically broken down. Some people might not think that Anemia coupled with B12 deficiency is really an issue. Trust me, it is. When you come in from work and have to sleep two hours just to get through the evening, it's a problem. I went from walking five miles a day to barely having the
energy to get through the day, least of all walk. I'm on two self given B12 shots a week now--not fun for the gal who hates needles. Once upon a time, I could get a B12 and then run laps around my house. Nope, that's sadly not the case anymore. They're more for energy surival than energy boosts now. I'm hoping that this year off will help me recharge and get back to where I once was. Then I'll go back to teaching, or if something else has come along then, I'll do that.

What it boils down to is this is a God thing. He's calling the shots. He gave me the answers I needed to know what I was doing was the right thing. It's terribly hard trust him and not doing what feels comfortable to you. But in the end, I know it's for the best.

So, that's the skinny on why I'm not teaching this year.


Anonymous said...

Well I will certainly miss you, but I know it is what you want. I am proud that you made a decision like this one, it's admirable.

Love ya Ms.Ashe,

Anonymous said...

Well put Krista!!!! You took that leap of faith and became again on of my heros! Lots of luck and love with your break!


Annie McElfresh said...

Good for you!!!
Demand is an awesome place to work!! Hang in there my friend. It'll happen.

Bri said...

Your trust in God is so inspiring. Congratulations on your job and good luck with it, I'm sure it'll be great :D

Anonymous said...

I think it's great to take time off and do something else. You build up your resume and experience new things. Also, I hope you get your energy back. I can't imagine teaching with low energy. It's such a demanding job.

Angie said...

It's good to take a break sometimes and it sounds like you need it. Good luck in your new endeavors!

Tahereh said...

hang in there, love. you're doing what's best for you, and that's what matters.

the rest of us are cheering you on!


Rachele Alpine said...

This sounds like a great break from teaching! I know you had a tough year, so I'm wishing you nothing but the best on this new journey!

Kara said...

I'm anemic and B-12 deficient too! It's because I have Chron's disease.

Everyone needs a change. I just talked to a publishing professional yesterday who told me she quit teaching for the same reason you did, and now she loves her job and is so emotionally invested in it. You'll find what you were meant to do-- you're insanely talented and kindhearted, how could you not?

Lindsay said...

Hi Krista,

I've been by your blog before (I pop in from AW sometimes) and had to comment on this post. Sometimes I wish we all had a "restart" buttom so we could begin fresh and discover what it is that makes us tick all over again. It sounds like you found the strength to follow your heart and I'm sure you won't be sorry. good luck!

Anonymous said...

you are following your heart and I admire you for that!


Sajidah said...

Go for it Krista! :)

Krista Ashe said...

Hey guys!

Sorry I'm so late coming back to post, but I just wanted to say thank you so much for the sweet, uplifting comments. I'm actually going to be teaching this year...God just hadn't closed the door completely I guess!

But I thank you and appreciate you all!!!