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I did it.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I quit. Today was my last day at school. It was a VERY hard decision but it was something that I needed to do. I have lost the passion to teach and as much as I love working with people with disabilities, I couldn't physically or mentally do it anymore. After 7 years of teaching, I felt like it was time to leave the classroom. Every year I felt like a brand new teacher, due to all the needs of the students. I had no curriculum to pull from and had to think of everything myself. Every year. It was too much. I never thought that I would leave teaching but the time has come. There have been many days that I think, "Did I do the right thing?" "Could I have finished out the year?" but I know I made the right decision. Leaving half way through the year does have some repercussions but it is worth it. My health was going down hill and I knew I needed to focus on me. Luckily, my school admin was wonderful and very supportive. They said that would help me out in anyway they could in the future. It is bittersweet and definitely doesn't feel like my last day. Who knows, I may be in the classroom again some day but for now I need to see what else is out there for me. My husband has been SO WONDERFUL throughout all this. He was the first person to tell me to quit. It will be a change but I hope to relax for a bit and then get back into the workforce. I am really excited to go back home for a bit and see family and friends. I haven't been happy for quite some time and many people have noticed. It is my time to shine and I am excited to see what the future has in store for me!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GCHUNG 2/8/2013 12:42PM

    Wow - I bet just making that decision took a load off. I'm sure it was tough to make. This is a turning point in your life. Congratulations.

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CINDYDAVIS04 1/30/2013 4:01PM

    Crazy brave of you to step outside of what you know and take care of YOU! Chris gets extra bonus points for being the one to say DO IT! I really hope that you can get back to being happy and healthy and find a career that you LOVE!! You deserve all of it!!

I am really not on SP at ALL, but you know how to find me if you need anything -- and I will find you!!
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AWOLF24 1/30/2013 1:25PM

    I am so proud of you Christine! I know that wasn't an easy decision to make, but I think you on on the road to a much happier stage in your life. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 1/30/2013 12:31PM

    I am happy for you. It was apparent with your status updates it was so stressful and not good for you health all around. Good luck! :-)

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MOONMANSON 1/29/2013 11:01PM

    Even just seeing statuses now and then has shown me how much this has stressed you out, so I am glad you have come to peace with it and are ready to move on with your life whether it keeps you with chalk in hand or takes you elsewhere. Great for you!! :)

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HOUNDOGLOVER35 1/29/2013 10:26PM

    Good for you and glad your husband is so supportive. Enjoy this time.

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HLTHYRNRMOM 1/29/2013 7:02PM

    good for you! we only get one life to live! good luck!

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BELIEVER104 1/29/2013 6:07PM

    Sounds like an incredibly tough decision-- cheers to you for doing what keeps you healthy and happy! I hope you have fun finding your bliss!

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HDHAWK 1/29/2013 5:47PM

    You have to follow your heart. Teaching is very difficult. Like you, I feel like I'm running a different program for every kid in my room. I'm on year 30, but if you need a break it's best for you and the kids. See where this break leads you!

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BALANCEDLIFE4ME 1/29/2013 5:31PM

    emoticon I know this was probably one of the toughest decisions that you've ever had to make. I hope you find something that suits you and your needs. Let me know if there is anything I can do, even if it is just taking a day to get a mani/pedi. emoticon

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FEARLESSNOW 1/29/2013 5:12PM

    You will figure stuff out. I have a feeling a year (or less) from now you may even wonder why you waited this long to quit and find something else. On the bright side, there will NEVER be a shortage of jobs in special education, so if you ever decide to go back in that direction, I doubt you will have trouble finding a job.

Good luck and be sure to keep us updated!

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    I'm sorry to lose you from the teaching field. We have lost a tremendous asset, but I understand. Hoping you find your calling when you are ready.

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ROBYNROSE26 1/29/2013 4:13PM

    I have seen through your blogs how unhappy you have been the last few years, so good for you for removing yourself from a bad situation!

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SULLIVANTORY 1/29/2013 3:46PM

  Fantastic! I, too, quit a toxic job last summer, and my life is SO amazing, and full of blessings now. Thank God I had the strength to take the risk. I can only imagine that you will be in the same boat I am in just a little bit! :) Good for you for taking care of yourself!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 1/29/2013 3:43PM

    follow your heart!

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