It’s my first bloggy birthday! Hurrah! I genuinely don’t know where the time has gone, all massive cliches aside, but I have loved every minute.
The fact that I love blogging so much has led to a HUGE decision in the other half of my life. As you may know, I am a secondary school teacher in Tower Hamlets and have been at the same school since 2003. I’m very passionate about education and I could talk for hours about it. I used to love my job. However, the situation has changed very rapidly in the last couple of years; the creativity I was once able to pour into my job is no longer welcomed (I’ll be writing an open letter with more on that but it’s not really for this forum).
So, I have made the difficult decision to walk away from teaching for good. I do feel guilty about this decision as it’s the kids who lose out every time a good teacher walks away but I also need to think about me and what I need from life as we only have one of them. I want to be creative every day. I want to answer to myself and not people I constantly disagree with. I want to feel relaxed sometimes as opposed to stressed out of my mind. I want to meet new people and see new things. I want to do something different rather than follow the same timetable every day for the rest of my life. I don’t want to get on the tube everyday of my life. I just want to find out what happens outside the school gates for the first time in my life. I want to explore.
I have no fixed ideas about what I am going to do next but I’ve got six months to figure it out (if anyone has any ideas, answers on a postcard please!). The ‘not knowing’ is so exciting compared to each day being mapped out for the rest of time. One thing is for sure that I will have more time to spend on developing my blog – more original content, more posts, meeting more exciting people and their beautiful homes.
To celebrate my first birthday I want to do a small round up of the posts I have most enjoyed over the last year…
Just remember everyone – YOLO (see how down with the kids I am?)!!!
P.S. Thank you sooooo much for dropping by this year, your comments, ‘likes’, tweets and photos. If there is anything you would like to see more of or less of please leave a comment below and I’ll try my best!
Featured image was photographed by Katharine Peachey.