Well, another first day of school has come and gone. My fourth first day, if you can believe it (I hardly can). I officially started my fourth year of teaching this morning, promptly at 8:15am. It was an adventure to be sure. I am teaching 1st/2nd/3rd grade this year and I have a whopping nine students. Most teachers would kill for my class sizes, but most of them also aren't teaching three grade levels of (insert core subject here) in one classroom. It is certainly a trade-off, but a decent one for me.
Work was tiring, as it always is the first week back. I found myself ready for bed by about 4:30pm. Significant force was used to get myself to eat dinner and get outside for a bit. It's been very hot and muggy this week, but the rain finally cooled things off around here, which made for a relaxing and much needed walk. The dog usually accompanies me, but he is an easy walker and spends a lot of time off-leash. I find that an evening stroll really changes my attitude. Even when I am stressed or exhausted I can find some beauty and solace in my time spent hiking through the great outdoors. A long, winding nature walk really adds peace and balance to my days.
Your turn…What peaceful activity do you try to do every day?
Currently listening to…The Decemberists - O Valencia!