What Works For Me in 2013

P1060860I guess it is hard for anyone to predict what will happen in 2013 but given the events of 2012 I think I can make some educated guesses!

This blog just fell over.  It wasn’t because things weren’t working for me.  It was more because too many things were working well for me at times.  That situation hasn’t changed – there are many good things happening still!

I think I still have something to offer the blog world, perhaps even to more people than the 5 people who commented in 2012 (mortified blush).  So with all the New Year musings I’ve decided to give it anoehr red hot go.

So what are the good things?

I have a shiny new job for 2013!  It started as 1 day of supply teaching in term 3, then became four weeks at the end of term 3, then became term 4 and then best of all, a contract for 2013.  I’m in the state education system, somewhere I never dreamed I’d find myself, and loving every minute of it.  There are two reasons for this.  Firstly I’m a bit older and more able to stand back and see the “big picture.”  So when a child tries to kick the computer room door in (for example) or a parent gets really cranky about something, I know that it isn’t directed at me and it isn’t “my problem” in the end. Secondly, I’ve had a lot of time away from full time teaching, done lots of different things so that now I am more certain than ever in my life that this is what i am meant to be doing.  Some time away really shows you what you appreciate.

We also have a shiny new dog!  Our much loved Vera died suddenly on October 21 last year and even though we had only been her official owners since January 2011 we were all devastated.  Much to my surprise Anthony started researching “blue cattle dogs” almost immediately and 4 weeks ago came home with “Bronco” who we are all besotted with.  After several weeks of always having someone at home with him, our new little mate has to learn about staying home on his own bit by bit beginning tomorrow.  He starts Puppy preschool next Tuesday and after his 16 week needles will be able to go out in public.

Lots of other good things continue to happen – I’m still knitting, reading and always learning. I look forward to sharing more of “what works” with you in 2013.