Reflections and Blessings

I can’t believe my first year of teaching is over. I am left feeling bittersweet – I’m going to miss so many people. It’s incredible how much God has blessed me during my time here. It was nothing I even expected. I still remember my feelings of disappointment and loneliness when I had first arrived…

Wrapping Up Another Year

The holidays have flown by so quickly and I’m already beginning to feel melancholy with the thought of returning all by myself to the cold abyss that is northern Alberta. Well, actually it’s not so bad up there, it’s really just being away from my family again that makes me feel sad. Since I’ve been…

Bittersweet Blessing (my 100th post!)

One of the things that I appreciate about my job is the fun and laid back atmosphere of the school. Because it is a small school, I get to know my students fairly quickly and I feel comfortable joking with them and teasing them. It also helps that they are all around my age so…

Teaching is Tiring

I am in dire need of a nap. I wish I were like some of my teacher friends that can come up with amazing activities and lesson plans in no more than an hour. Unfortunately, I do not work that way. I spend so much time in planning, revising, creating, adjusting, thinking… that it takes…

The Better Plan

Exciting news! I passed my TESL course! I attended the graduation on Friday where I received my certificate, gave a little thank-you speech, ate two pieces of taro coconut cake and made a painted handprint on the school’s wall (as it’s customary for all graduates)! But I think most exciting of all was what happened…

Productivity is Happiness

Today was a productive day for me. To some of you, it may not seem like I did a whole lot. It might even seem rather banal, but I quite enjoyed today so I am going to share it with you (because I like sharing good things). I dragged myself out of bed this morning…

Bittersweet Vancouver

Well it’s been a slow week on posts and I’ll tell you why! My family and I spent the last five days in the city of Vancouver helping my sister move into an apartment just in time for the coming school year. It was wonderful to spend this time enjoying each other’s company before the…