I didn’t even know I’d reached a milestone until this arrived today! Whoohoo, only 80 more days of school.
I haven’t really talked about my job much because, well, we know I don’t love it:) But really, it’s going well. There are still plenty of days that I feel ehh about the whole school psychology thing. I’m just much more interested in mental health than special education. But most of the time I feel neutral about it. I do really enjoy the people I work with. And I like having responsibility and independence. Most of all, I like being in the school environment. I’m still craving more of something, but the problem is (and always has been) that I’m not sure what the next step might be in order to turn the corner in my career path.
Matt made dinner! In the crockpot that is. He assesmbed Kath’s pineapple chicken this morning and it turned out beautifully. I sure do love chunks of pineapple and the combination of sweet + sour.
Not having to cook dinner will never get old.
Happy 100 days of school friends!
There’s just something about being in Atlanta that makes me feel relaxed and content. Perhaps it’s how simple things are here? There’s a slow, southern pace and the vibe just seems so positive. My living space is also simple, as I didn’t bring any of my clutter with me – only a few dresses + shorts for the summer and other necessities. I also have a nice clean fridge, stocked with just the items I bought for the week.
I also feel closure that the school year is over. I struggled a lot with my career this year and I’m happy to have survived the job switch and tucked that first year of work under my belt. I never really felt that stressed this spring, but I think the financial aspect of leaving my steady job was a subconscious stressor. Looking back though, I think it was the right decision, as I’m planning to stick with school psychology in the fall. I promise to update you with the details when I know more myself! As I’ve alluded to, there’s been some problems with my school assignments, going full time, ect that I was dealing with last week. But, fingers crossed, I think I have another year of my life somewhat figured out. All I can say now is that having the summer off is the best thing in the entire world and I couldn’t be happier with how that worked out!!
Today, I slept in. I bought fresh food at TJ’s, I signed up for a one-week trial at the gym, and I cycled. Oh how I cycled! The gym has the same bikes as my beloved Northeastern studio and I was so excited to spin on them again. And the space is bright and the music loud! I’m out of spinning shape after a month-long break, but I still felt pretty good in class.
Matt will be working very long hours and doing a lot of traveling for his internship, so I’m going to be making simple dinners-for-one many nights this summer. I’ve been craving arugula since Saturday, so I bought a big bag for the week. Tonight, I used the Tasmanian honey I got from the weekend’s wedding to drizzle over the greens and topped them with goat cheese, TJ’s lentils, and a roasted sweet potato with balsamic and olive oil. The texture of the lentils made me think of chili and when the hot sweet potatoes melted the cheese, the whole meal was reminded me of nachos! Fun.
It’s way past even my summer bedtime, so I’ve got to run. Adios.Read More
I’m done. Hopefully, the stress will come rolling off soon, but it hasn’t yet. I’ve got another six hour drive ahead of me and then I can relax. But only until Monday, because I’m coming back to hang out with my parents, start some wedding planning, and then drive up to Baltimore for my cousin’s wedding! And then, I can relax.
But really, it did feel good to pack up my office and turn in all my files. My end of year evaluation was scary, but I did ok. I feel relieved that my first year (well half-year) of school psychology is over. It’s only gotta get easier, right?
I inherited my inability to throw away food from my dad. I got off work a bit early today and considered just driving to Atlanta a day early. I literally thought: oh, I have to eat those four eggs in the fridge. So I didn’t go. Instead, I took a walk and made a 4 egg omelet with pepper jack and sweet potato fries. One day, I’ll cook again.
For now, I’m just gonna sleep. And savor one last night in my queen bed. The double in Atlanta is not so great. Don’t tell Matt, but I decided to pack up our down comforter, duvet, and pillows with sham covers to bring down. If I’m gonna be squooshed with a sore back all summer, I might as well be cozy:)
To the queen I go. Night.Read More
Whew. That was overwhelming. Somehow I went from being an administrative assistant to having major responsibilities in a matter of days. I’m not sure I was mentally prepared for the intensity. Teachers were already stopping by my office for consultation! After six months in a desk job though, I could probably use a challenge, and the day flew by! There’s definitely a lot of energy in the school system. And the people are wonderful!!! I’m excited and scared at the same time.
I came home to recovering Matt who nearly fainted of nausea and dizziness this morning. I feel bad that I wasn’t around to help:( I made up for it in dinner though. I threw together some comfort mac and cheese, with a wonderful sun-dried tomato chicken sausage, and roasted brussels. It really hit the spot this evening.
I think some House Hunters will be a nice night cap. Another new day tomorrow! k night.Read More
I didn’t mean to leave you guys hanging about my new job, but the holidays got the best of me! So without further adieu: I’m going to be a school psychologist!
I’m sure no one is really surprised, seeing as I just graduated with a school psychology degree in May. But for many months, I struggled with the decision of whether or not I really wanted to be a school psychologist. You see, I became very disenchanted with all of the testing, and since the role of the psychologist varies by state, I decided to try something new after moving to assessment-focused NC. Looking back, I think I was blinded after being completely burnt out from 3 years of intense school psychology. In some ways, I see the past six months as a blessing in disguise though, because my experience working in a desk job has helped me come to appreciate many awesome aspects of school psychology:
1. Shorter work day.
2. Decent pay.
3. SUMMERS OFF (and winter + spring breaks)!!
4. More interaction with people and less staring at a computer screen.
5. Even though it’s sometimes boring writing, the job does involve writing, which is something I like. And I get to use my brain!
6. Working with energetic and sometimes cute kids.
7. And most importantly, helping children and their families is a much more satisfying way to spend my time.
I think my generation likes to believe that there’s a perfect job out there for all of us. And while I certainly believe that there’s a job for me that’s very, very close to perfect, I do need to be reminded that there are parts of every job that I’m not going to like. There are still many aspects of school psychology that I don’t like and that I’m not looking forward to. But, for now, there are more things I don’t like in this job than in that job, and that’s the best I can do at my age and with my experience. I also cringe at the thought that I slaved through graduate school (and spent lots and lots of dollars) for nothing. I know many believe that no degree is ever wasted, but it sure feels that way – I have all this specific information in my brain that can help children and I’m not using it! People have always told me that there are lots of different things you can do with a school psychology degree. What they failed to mention though, is that you have to have quite a few years in the schools under your belt first! Perhaps paying my dues in the schools will lead me to my dream job.
The job I took is part-time, so it will allow me to get my foot back in the door while giving me some time to explore other interests. I’m proud to have landed a job in an incredible district and I’m excited to have my own school and my own kids! I’m extremely future-oriented, so I’m trying to to focus on the present and not next year or the next ten. More free time in my life, a more meaningful work day, my own office (!), bullets on my resume in a field that I generally like – that’s enough for right now.