Journal page 21:
I got a phone call last week asking if I would be interested in teaching two art classes at the private school I taught at last year.
I was hesitant.
Last year was a real struggle at times for many reasons: some of them were “me” issues and some were issues with the school situation.
I was distracted by things happening at home and was not always as prepared as I would like to have been. I was teaching Kinder through 2nd grades in the common lunch room area and there were continual distractions as people wandered through. I’m not totally displeased with the school year overall, but really feel that I could have done better.
This year they asked if I could teach Kinder through 2nd and 3rd through 5th. I’d be in a small classroom and that is a much more pleasant situation.
I was still hesitant.
It is a large time commitment and I am trying to spend more time making art.
I’m getting ready to be a grandmother.
I’m homeschooling a high-schooler this year.
And so on…
I said yes…
for three reasons.
- Without a doubt, the money I’ll make would be helpful as I continue to try and pay down our debt (and for art supplies which are expensive).
- I feel that it is important to expose children to art and I am distraught that art is considered to be an “elective” instead of a required subject, or not necessary at all!
- I love watching children as they create and discover what they are capable of. In the early years children (for the most part) believe they are artists and that all things are possible. Their freedom of expression and interest in play are inspiring.
So, I said yes.
Almost immediately, the anxiety set in.
Will I be able to manage everything? Did I make a mistake? Will I do a good job?
My anxiety has been very manageable lately. I am making progress on the house. My mood has been mostly stable. I am back in the studio.
I’m worried that this will upset the balance I’ve been working to maintain.
This is definitely a step outside of the comfort zone I’ve been dwelling in.
Early in the summer, I had drafted a rough schedule of lessons I would do if I was asked to teach again. I hadn’t anticipated two classes and older students.
Now, I need to get to work and finalize the projects and draw up a supply list. School starts on the tenth of August. I want to be better prepared this year. It will definitely lessen the stress.
I also need to consider the loss of a day at home while planning our homeschool year. Youngest daughter is taking three classes outside the home this coming year: American Sign Language, Theater Production, and Spanish 2. I’ll be covering the rest of the subjects here at home. Her outside classes are on Wednesday and I’ll be teaching on Friday. That leaves three days at home to do the rest. It’s not too early to start planning that out.
All shall be well.
Last week’s Kon-Mari de-clutter of clothes resulted in a box ready for the thrift store.
We are getting ready to put new flooring in the third bedroom that has been sitting empty for over a year waiting on the money to repair it. It was damaged by a water leak under the house. One wall also has damage from a water leak in the adjoining bathroom. Once completed, oldest daughter will move in there from the second living area that she has been occupying along with my studio. That will give us space to spread out a bit more and accommodate the activities of our busy family.
Unfortunately, that empty room is not really empty. It has become a catch-all for all kinds of junk. That’s the declutter project for the rest of the week.
Along with the art journal, several art projects are in process:
It’s been busy so far this week and now will be even more so.
Lots of planning and de-cluttering and creating…
All good things.
Yes, all shall be well.