The calm before the storm

BeginDay 1 for “blogging along with Effy”, a blog-every-day-in-September challenge – her advice: start where you are, so here goes:

Here I am, on the precipice of a new University semester. In a few days my life is going to get VERY busy. I am trying not to get overwhelmed by all the things to do. I am working on getting my courses ready for next week, when classes begin. One is a course I have taught many times before, the other is a brand new (to me) first year course which has (as of today) 118 students. The largest class I have taught in the past was around 40 students, so I am a little nervous about the new one, but I have adjusted the way I will test and teach, so I’m sure it will be fine. Every new group of students is different, even in courses I have taught before. The dynamics are different, some things “work” better with some groups than others. So, it is impossible to ever be fully prepared, and I know I will need to adjust things as I go along.

My teaching job is contract, part-time work, but does take up a lot of time (especially with new courses). I am wondering how to balance the things that are important to me with my work schedule: my art classes and art practice, yoga, walking the dog, my family, plus some work for my spouse. How can I fit it all in? Why have I added blogging, and possibly re-joining Toastmasters to the mix? I want to expand my life beyond work. I have, for several years, let it take over and I need to make time to do those things I keep saying I want to do.  It is time for me to “Paint outside the lines of your life” – Kris Carr