41 days left as a public teacher.
Making progress through the checklist towards retirement…
- Turned in my resignation letter.
- Met with rep at Human Relations. (A lovely young woman named Caitlyn. Grateful for the chance to meet her!)
- Putting together the paperwork for the state retirement system. (More complicated than it should be.)
- Signed my school district’s Letter of Intent yesterday, but this time, for the first and only time, I had to choose the “I reject employment…” option.
That “I reject…” declaration threw me for a loop and triggered a little spike in cortisol that lasted for another 8 hours.
I’m excited and thrilled to take the risk to work for myself. But I’m also nervous, praying, a little scared – all the feels. This is a major life change.
Our state striped away a lot of retirement benefits almost 10 years ago. Even though I’m retiring early, I wouldn’t get much more if I stayed longer.
So my last day with classes is June 11. Teachers have an extra day on June 12. My teaching contract is split over 12 months, so that is done at the end of July.
I’ve been working steadily since last fall to set up my online math tutoring business, www.OnlineGeometryTutor.com. I’m not known online as a math teacher, so I knew creating content for that would take time.
Still working on the details of the online fitness service I want to offer.
From my own experiences with this health transformation and talking to a lot of people about their struggles, frustrations, and *most importantly* the obstacles that prevent them from sticking with the plan, I know there is a need for something more than a plan on a spreadsheet.
There is a need for something more than just being told or shown what to do.
Even me, working with one of the best bodybuilding coaches in the industry, with his scary-smart programming, with my determination, work-ethic, and the experience of five competitions – it’s still hard.
Life happens for all of us, but life is also different for some of us.
It’s a bit of a different challenge when you’re a middle-aged adult with adult responsibilities.
It’s a slightly different challenge when there are people counting on you who might not be able (or willing) to accept that your self-care is just as important as the role you play in their lives.
People assume that the thing they are missing is some character trait. Maybe. Maybe not. What if it is something I can teach? What if it’s something you know but just need support to bring it to the surface?
I’m in “plan mode” now until I’m done with the day job. My first priority are the kiddos in my classes now. And then I need to pack up my teacher life and turn in keys.
And then probably have a bit of a cry, take some time to decompress, and enjoy the backyard patio my husband is fixing up for “retirement” as I write this post.
If you’re on my mailing list, I promise – you will be first to know when I have something to offer!
Training is progressing, but it makes for a boring blog post. I think I’m max testing next week. THAT should be interesting! I’ve been growing. 🙂