As I've probably mentioned a few times, I want to live a beautiful life. Focusing on little things that bring me joy - a home I'm comfortable and proud of, good food, and spending time with my loved ones.
After the long hours I've put into my current job (and to be "rewarded" with a pink slip for all of this effort), it made me realize that while I am proud to be passionate about my career field, it's become a distraction from the previously mentioned goal. It lead to me neglecting everything outside of work, and while I plan to finish my contract without neglecting my students, I also plan to take this as a sign that I need to re-align my focus.
Go figure, this re-focus comes at the same time that my body literally added injury to insult. Last Sunday I woke up with a sore back, but continued on like it wasn't and made it worse, and it seriously hasn't stopped hurting all freaking week. UGH. It's JUST now starting to get to a point of tolerable. So all the things I want to get started on had to take a back seat so I could heal (plus still working the whole time didn't really help, heh).
Luckily, we have a vacation week around President's Day, so I'm thinking I'll start working towards all the habits I want to develop, and any of those habits that need more focus can be during that week.
Also, during this vacation week will begin the job search; I've decided to keep working in education, but expanding what I define as "working" to consider other parts of the field. I'll also be looking in other fields as well, but only if I see something that genuinely interests me. The Hubs is very supportive and encouraging, and believes in me as a creative person; if we can find a way for me to be creative and bring in enough income, he's behind it. It's something I'm considering as well.
All in all, I'm looking at this situation as a re-direction to finding what makes me happiest. I think being an educator is part of that, but I don't know if the education field and I share the same vision. We'll see where I'm meant to be. Despite the negative circumstances, I'm actually looking to move forward and stop relying on my job to fulfill me.