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Pressing Pause On My Career- Extended Play!

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What’s going on party people! Welp, I alluded to some news about my job status in the spring. I was hoping to take another leave of absence to spend more time at home, but alas, it was not to be. So I was left with the choice of either resigning from my position or going back to work in September. It was a hard decision, harder than I thought actually. After wracking my brain for what felt like forever, we made the leap and resigned! I know, it’s cray. It is the weirdest thing in the world to not be going back to the job and career I’ve held since I graduated from college.

As I’ve worked on adjusting to my new normal, I have been reflecting on both the great things about my career, and what the future may hold. I learned so much during my years teaching. I made great friendships with my coworkers. I learned how to be flexible and resilient. I learned how to disagree with my colleagues and bosses. I learned when to speak up and when to shut up! (I guess I’m still working on that haha!) I learned time management and honed in on effective teaching strategies. After those ten years, I still feel like I have a lot to learn about teaching music!

So, what does the future hold? I know I’ll be back teaching music someday. I really love that field 😀  But right now, I’m loving the flexibility of being a SAHM. I love that if anyone’s sick, I don’t have to worry about sub plans! I love that I can pop into school whenever I need to drop something off or meet one of my older two for lunch. I LOVE that I get to bring my youngest to and from nursery school. I love that I can spend more time on other projects, like my PTA involvement and my blog!

I’ve also been spending some time on ME. That’s a new thought, huh? I’ve been on a bit of a wellness journey: I’ve been reading some feel-good books; I’ve been playing around with aromatherapy and essential oils; I’ve been trying out yoga and loving it; I’ve been spending time with friends and laying off chores a bit; and I’ve been exploring mindfulness and meditation and all that hippy dippy bologna. It’s been a good time, and I’m feeling pretty great. All of these wellness activities have been my way of adjusting to this new SAHM life, and I know it can be a risk to lose myself in caring for others. So, I’m just trying out strategies to make sure that the good stuff I am missing from being a WOHM- that stimulation part- is still alive and well in my new life so I can successfully enjoy this new role in my life. It’s pretty exciting when you’re at a point in life where you are watching one chapter close and another open!

Why I Pressed Pause on My Career- EP! www.theshortesttallman.com

1 Comment

  • Lauren August 21, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I’m so happy for you Maggie!!!


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