I’ve implied in my posts and IG pics I’ve been going through a major transition in my life for several months. In truth, it’s been one massive cluster, most of which I didn’t see coming. I had no control and it all came blow after blow after blow.
However, there was one component where I did have control, which was my career. I’ve always been driven, determined, and a leader. From the onset, I was on a quick path moving up the chain in education going from a classroom teacher, to Assistant Principal, and on to Principal. I was also actively pursuing higher roles at the county and state level seeing no end in sight with my eyes potentially at a national level.
After six years of not being able to lead as I wanted to, having my hands tied due to bureaucratic bullshit, and inundated with daily negativity, I came to the realization site admin wasn’t for me. Thus, I intentionally made the choice to reset and simplify. This August, I will be going back to the classroom as a fourth grade teacher. The responses from others is a mixed bag. Some think I’m absolutely crazy to take a 30K pay cut and loose all that ground. Others, especially those in my inner circle, are supportive. They know the score and get it.
For me, I’m chalking those six years up as a detour. I was on a positive path, made a wrong turn, and now I’m back on track. I’m still determined, driven, and a leader. Although in a different capacity, I know my future will be bright and balanced. Who knows where this path will lead.
**For those who are miserable in a career, I encourage you to step back and reflect. Although terrifying, surely there are steps to simplify and change the current course. Money isn’t everything (of course it helps!), but we only have one life. In my opinion, it is worth making a shift to the positive, rather than trying to force something that isn’t meant to be.
#myownstory #keeponkeepingon #letgo