I want to start off with a heartfelt appreciation for all the supportive comments in my last post. It had been a month of struggles and I was at a particularly low point. I guess I really needed words of encouragement from fellow teachers, and the advice really helped me feel like I’m not alone with these issues. At my last school in Brooklyn, the small staff regularly ate lunch together and I always felt supported and encouraged by my peers every day. We’d spend those 30 minutes sharing stories, ideas and giving advice. In hindsight, those lunches really helped support me both as an educator and an emotional human being. That lunch culture is not really established at my current school, so I find that I can go an entire day without any more than a “hello” type interaction with adults at school. I need to set up some lunch dates!
Things have been going much better these past few days. Classes have been running smoothly, I’ve had positive interactions with almost all of my students, and I had a couple restorative conferences with individual students that helped clear the air. Also, students are turning in heaps of late work and raising their grades, which helps boost morale in the classroom. Things are on the up and up – though I’m still not sure if this school is the right fit for me. TIme will tell.
In other news, I did a bit of retail therapy this past weekend. I got myself some new kickers. I’ve been wanting a pair of 8 eye Docs, but I’ve always been held back by my ridiculous boot collection and the price. So when I saw that I had a $20 gift card and they were on sale for less than $100 at Nordstrom, I caved. Plus, B was out of town and he’s usually my voice of reason on how I don’t need anything. While at the mall, I popped into J.Crew where they were having one of their 30% off sale prices events. I picked up this adult version of a sweatshirt – it’s merino wool and ridiculously soft and comfortable (J.Crew Collection). With the sale and my educator discount, this sweater was
practically free super cheap!
The ever present pencil in my hair – it’s the only way I can keep track of fit.
scarf: super old no brand – sweater: j.crew – jeans: uniqlo – boots: dr. martens
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Glad to hear you’re feeling better! If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my brief time teaching, it’s that it can definitely be an emotional roller coaster.
On another note, I’m going to be in Denver for the next few days and was wondering if you could share your favorite shopping spots. I live in a really rural location, so I’m excited to get out and do some retail therapy of my own!
P.S. Don’t you have an Instagram? I could have sworn I saw you link to it on here somewhere but I can’t find it now.
Hi Lauren! I generally shop at large chain fast-fashion type places such as Madewell and Anthopologie. In Denver, I usually just head to the Cherry Creek Mall. There is a Nordstrom Rack near by there also.
Sadly, I left some of my favorite stores back in NYC, like Uniqlo and Zara.
I do have instagram! http://instagram.com/akires
tell me more about this educator discount…
15% off any purchase! Doesn’t apply online though.