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In the Fast Lane

Wow, it has been a while. As you will probably know by now, I am the queen of procrastinating and my blog has definitely been low on the list of priorities. Mainly because life has been super crazy! Stephen started training to become a Secondary School (high school) ICT and Computer Science teacher last September. It really is one of the hardest things he's done; the work load is just insane! I've been holding the fort and continuing with my little cleaning job to pay for the kids' after school clubs as well as serving in Young Women's (the organisation at my church, for girls 12-18 years old).

I Have a 9 year old, two 5 year olds and a not far off 8 year old!!! I actually feel like the time is just flying by even faster than ever. I'm trying to enjoy all the little moments we have together and make lots of memories in between the mountains of laundry and constant clean up operation.

My mental health has been a bit up and down as expected but I'm glad to say that lately I have had more ups than downs. I definitely feel that mindfulness is helping a lot with my anxiety, so I'm continuing to try and make that an everyday practice in my life. Dino boy did a mindfulness course in school a few weeks ago and it was so interesting to see how much he enjoyed it and how excited he was to teach me the methods he was taught. I am learning that in the chaotic lives we now live, our children need to make mental fitness as important as physical fitness. And, it's really nice to see schools exploring these things.

Now for something quite juicy... I have decided, now that the children are all in full time education, to go into a career. I've been researching and talking to my friends and family to explore the different routes I could take; it's been quite an anxiety inducing experience because I have felt at times, that my 9 years as a stay at home mother have meant that I now have nothing to offer the professional world. I have realised though, after many hours of crying to Stephen and tossing and turning in bed with chest pain, that I AM WRONG. I have so much to offer! Yes, I need to get some experience and do some training but I have gained a handful of skills and so much more wisdom since becoming a mother.

So, what career have I chosen? Well, after much pondering and prayer, I've decided to become a EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher! I am so excited! I am hoping to do a 4-week course in July that will qualify me; it's a seriously intense course, where I'll have to do teaching practice as soon as a start and stacks of homework but I'm really chomping at the bit to get into it now that I know it's what I want to do. I know that there's a chance I won't get accepted as there are only sixteen places on the course, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

I am hoping to share that journey with you all, so watch this space.

Just another little slice of my reality.

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