As is my pattern, I have disappeared off the face of the blogosphere for almost a year. A few things happened that caused this including my leap into the independent contractor life, and taking a time machine back into the past. Well not a real time machine, but definitely a figurative one. Here are the two biggest things that have happened to me so far in 2018.
I teach English. How about you?
I mention in January that I was hired and opening up classes with VIPKID. VIPKID is an online portal for teaching English to children in China. At first, it was touch and go. I only taught 17 classes the entire month of January with availability all night! Then the flood gates opened one random Saturday night at the end of February. I came home from a party prepared to teach a few midnight-1:00 A.M. classes to find almost all of my slots had booked from midnight to 8 in the morning! Since then my schedule has been 98-100% full.
I make more teaching online per hour than I did teaching public school in South Mississippi. The prep time is under thirty minutes and it takes me roughly 45 minutes to write feedback for 8 classes. It has been liberating to choose when and how I want to work. I have built connection with some amazing students and got to learn about their life in China.
I plan to post in more detail about VIPKID later. Until then you can apply using my referral link: Apply for VIPKID Today!
You can also follow by weekly teaching adventures on Instagram at @teachingpineapple
Who says you can’t go back?
So being an independent contractor is great, but it has one big downside. It does not provide benefits like insurance or retirement. As the year went on, and property values did not improve, I got nervous. I began wondering what to do and how long I should tempt fate. Luckily, I had the opportunity to return to a job I loved before I became a teacher. I have returned back to the special collection of my Baking Book Bunny days.
The collection is now housed in a new facility that was completed as I submitted for my teacher’s license and went to be a school librarian. It has been comforting and a great change of professional pace. My teaching schedule and library schedule to not interfere with each other. I get to be a ham and Teacher Mandy in the mornings. Then I put on real pants and swing through awesome coffee shops like Jacked Up Coffee Bar on my way to my big girl job.
I love being around coast history and culture again. I am also pocketing some new professional skills!
Some other bits that have happened:
*My sister was married to a great guy in October, and we celebrated all weekend in Louisiana!
*I flew to Austin, Texas for the first time. It is like the Portland of the south and a lot of fun.
*My hedgehog #2 Penelope passed away October 1stas well. I miss her snuffling in her cage every night and biting her water bottle.
* Started back with my own Trivia Team!
So my thirties continue to shift and change my prospective on what I want my professional life to look like. Yes, I still want to go back to live overseas. Yes, I still want to write. However, I am happy with my current teacher then librarian life.
What has been the biggest change for you in 2018?