Just when I thought that life can't possibly get any busier, my four-week practicum teaching started over a week ago. And yes, it is full on.
Right now, I get an early morning start to get myself and the rest of my troop ready for the day. Then, I'm off to school as a student teacher from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm. Some days, I have to stay back for staff meetings. Some days, I add on another couple of hours or so of work, as I report to my other job in a non-profit organisation.
Then, of course, by the time I get home, there are chores to do, dinners to make, kids to play with and to take care of. Not to mention, lesson plans to write and resources to prepare for my classes.
And yeah, some days, we even get the added load of a sick little one.
To top it all off, I'm still trying to find whatever time I can find to push some of my projects along *and* to maintain my blogs.
So yeah, I'm in a constant state of exhaustion lately.
But, I'm happy. Really, seriously happy. About home, work, studies, and life in general.
Not only did I get top marks for the courses I took at Uni during the first semester (two High Distinctions and a Distinction!) - I'm getting some really, really positive feedback from my mentor teacher at the moment. I'm learning heaps. I'm developing my confidence in teaching (I've even been singing to my students --- and, if you know what my singing voice is like, you'll understand why this is such a big feat! :-)).
Family life's crazy busy, as always. But, in spite the fact that my li'l girl's been getting sick on and off the last few weeks, she's growing well and amazingly joyful. At two, she's beginning to speak in sentences, almost counting to twenty, and doing all sorts of wonderful stuff. The boy's back for a third term at school and has been training in his favourite sports (soccer and tennis). He's also loving his science shows and project creations. Hubby's also busy at work, working on getting papers published, attending conferences, and working on his PhD.
It's definitely a full, full house.
And, regardless of the challenges and all the icky stuff that come with it, I can still say that life's good. Real good.
Where To: Off to work at my part-time job
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.