I quit teaching
“I’m not a quitter.”
Those were the words I repeated over and over again in my head as I walked my way down the long, long hallway towards the office. I was on my way to the principal’s office with a speech prepared by yours truly titled, “Why I quit teaching.” My whole life I had dreamed of becoming a teacher. Heck, I was good at it. I had had the privilege of teaching hundreds of students, and year after year in my annual evaluations, I’d hear the same thing: “The teaching style you have is innate; we can’t teach that to just anyone. The students get you, and you get them. It’s remarkable.” So why did I quit teaching and what happened next? The answer may be different than what you think.
I quit teaching for different reasons.
For those of you thinking this may be a blog post that turns into another rant about the education system in America, you’re wrong. I believe in teachers, and I believe in you. I believe teachers have the knowledge and ability to conquer the world one child at a time. I’ll show you just what I mean in this post. Here are the 15 things that happened to me when I quit teaching.
1. I got to teach students all over the world.
I’ve always wanted to travel the world, but I’ve never had the means to do so. You see, I’m a small town girl with a big heart for adventure. As a teacher, I was confined to my four walls every single day. I never came home and complained about my students. Instead, I would think to myself, “There’s got to be more; I’ve got to do more.” I knew that no matter what, I was meant for more than my 100 students every 180 days.
2. I became a better person.
I hate to say I was depressed. I wasn’t. I just wasn’t happy. I wasn’t filling my cup with gratitude and happiness. I’d listen to people complain about the life they lived over and over again, and by people, I mean fellow teachers. Not all of them, just some of them. Those few sucked the life out of me. They took the wind straight out of my sails daily. That is, until I decided to take control. I began closing my door during planning. If I needed to regroup, I’d go for a walk and listen to a motivational podcast. It began molding my life and shaping the way I dealt with the Negative Nancys/Debbie Downers in my school. Let’s be honest, you are thinking of a few right now.
3. I started living to teach instead of teaching to live.
Unfortunately, I’d gotten to the point where I’d wake up every morning and go through my routine like I was teaching just to service. “If only I could make it through another year, maybe then I could be successful enough with my Teachers Pay Teachers business and be able to quit,” I found myself thinking more and more often. Little did I know, I already was successful enough. Success isn’t measured in money earned, but the number of experiences that make you feel unstoppable. Since I quit teaching, those experiences have flooded my life with awe-inspiring motivation, and I want to see to it that you can join me on these journeys.
I’m now a teacher presenter for two amazing companies!
Staff Development for Educators (SDE)
Las Vegas National Conference I Teach K!
4. I began impacting teachers all over the world.
I finally had time to dive into my YouTube channel. It’s a place where I help teachers with things such as comic relief, the teacher organization trends, awesome Amazon finds, and more. You can check it out here.
5. I began to live the life I loved.
This may be the most important one of them all. I began to live the life I loved every single day. Did I want to take my dogs to the park for a long hike? Did I want to go to work until lunch and cook a big dinner for my family? Well, whatever I wanted to do…..I did. I mean, I do.
6.) I became a rockstar mom.
I’ve never been one of those moms who knocks it out of the park. I’d say, I was more mediocre. I would hear things like, “I’m more like an Amazon Prime mom instead of a Pinterest mom.” Well, I’m not really on the Pinterest level just yet, but I am making strides to be the best mom I can be. My stepson lives a good two hours from us, and I try to take his brothers to watch his ball games from time to time. I even have the energy to take my kids to theme parks! I never had the energy to do that before. I take them to every practice and never complain. I love it!
7. I became one heck of a wife.
You see, I’m married to a high school principal. We lived a busy life. He’d work at school all day, and I’d work at school all day. When we got home, the LAST thing I wanted to do was to hear about school and vice versa. Now we listen to each other and our relationship is even stronger than it was before. I will say, we are a pretty dynamic duo in the first place, but now we are unstoppable.
8. I could do all the things.
Let’s face it – teaching is exhausting work. I gave my all day in and day out, but it took a toll. Suddenly, I had mounds of energy and an amazing, positive outlook on life. I found I could do all the things I had been dreaming about for a long time.
9. I reconnected with nature.
I’ve always been a bit of a tree hugger. I love nature, and it loves me. Being away from the classroom helped me rekindle that relationship. I truly believe that connecting with nature makes me a better person.
10. I taught myself mindfulness.
I always knew I wanted to connect more with my inner self, but I never had the time to do it. After reading a few self-help books on mindfulness, I finally feel I’m able to do this more on a regular basis.
11. I soared to new heights with self-help books that changed my life.
I’ve always considered myself a life-long learner. Since I quit teaching, I’ve had the ability to read more books than I would have read in a year while teaching. I listen to most of my books through my iPhone. Here’s a list of my top favorite books.
12. I started thinking about my future.
I know that mindfulness teaches us to live in the present, but it is imperative that we also think about our future. When I was in the classroom, my mind would only go to the end of the school year. That was the goal I had to reach when it came to my future. I didn’t dream big dreams or think about anything other than the kids currently in my room. I didn’t think about the other children in the world I could impact. Now I think about my future and the future of children from all over the world, and it’s pretty darn empowering.
13. I started dreaming bigger dreams.
Period. I began dreaming about dreams that I would have never thought possible before. The burning desire to write a book, speak in front of thousands of people and create a unique YouTube space filled my mind every single night. I still dream those dreams and believe they will happen.
14. I finally took control of my body.
I’m embarrassed to admit it, but when I was teaching I totally lost control over my body. I wasn’t taking great care of myself, but for some reason, I thought that it was okay. I ate poorly and rarely exercised. The last year I was a teacher, I started to understand what it meant to take control of my body again. Since then, I’ve never looked back. Interested in taking control of your body again? Join our FB group.
15. I conquered the world.
Well, maybe not just yet, but I’m working on it. I hope you can follow this journey with me every step of the way.