Don't get me wrong, I do love my job but clearly I need to make a change. After all, a happy, healthy teacher is a good teacher. Hopefully Martyn Reah's #teacher5aday will be a good place for me to start...
When it comes to anything work related, I'm brilliant at connecting. I do it every day on Twitter and Facebook and it has made my job so much easier. However, I need to connect more on a personal level. I am so lucky to have a partner who puts up with my weekly (I'm lying, it's daily) work related rants, yet when he tries to tell me about his day he can barely finish a sentence without me getting distracted and thinking about work. And he never even complains. I really enjoy using Twitter for educational purposes but I need to set a limit, so I'm banning myself from it on Fridays and Saturdays and will cut down the amount of time I spend on it during the week. Instead I'll spend more time with my lovely OH.
Completing the Inca Trail in Summer made me realise how unfit I am and when I came back to England I told myself I was going to get fit. I was going to join a fitness class and try to exercise every day. I was going to go for more walks and stop driving to the Sainsburys just around the corner. But as usual I kept putting it all off as I was "too busy with work". Suddenly it was Christmas and I had done pretty much no exercise during that time, except for running around my classroom attending to my students. I'm going to sign up to a few charity races (Pretty Muddy etc.) so I at least have something to aim for and I'm going to try to be more active at weekends. I've always wanted to try kayaking, so will give that a go, and I might do Go Ape for my birthday. I've also bought a hula hoop!
I absolutely loved my time in Peru last Summer. This was mainly because I spent most of the time taking photos, which is one of my favourite hobbies. I also love travelling and discovering new places, so I need to get out more and start visiting places other than the 4 walls of my classroom. I've been saying for the past 2 years that I'd love to go to Bath, but again, work commitments have taken priority. I'm going to try to go somewhere once a month and have a day of photography. I also have Paris to look forward to in April and Cape Verde in July.
I need to learn to be okay with not completing everything on my daily to-do list and just be proud of everything I have accomplished that day.
I will volunteer to do more to help around the house. My partner will regularly make dinner or do the washing while I sit and plan lessons. I obviously really appreciate this but it isn't exactly fair. He works hard too.