Writer’s block? Surely not.

I started writing a blog post nearly two weeks ago, and thought that I would finish it the next day, but then I got distracted (and also slightly exhausted) by my job, as it seemed to have suddenly got the busiest it has ever been.

Please don’t think that is me complaining though; I love my job more than ever at the moment. I have been running a debating club with some of the lower school, and I was little nervous they would be bored or not want to do the activities I had set, but they were all absolutely fantastic. They were all so enthusiastic and bubbly. As for a GCSE general studies class I teach – well, they are just brilliant, and I’m feeling very much in my element at the front of the classroom. I’ve done so much photocopying for all my students though, blimey. Killed way too many trees (I’m sorry, Loz x).

So other than my busy life recently, why haven’t I posted? Lack of motivation? Slightly. But mainly I actually struggled to write about my few days away down south a little (a lot).

After Cardiff, I went to see some friends who live just outside of London and I have just felt a little overwhelmed about writing a post. It wasn’t like we were doing stuff non-stop or anything, I just couldn’t quite work out how to write a post that would make little sense to those not involved.
Don’t get me wrong, we did do lots and lots of lovely things, but in a way I didn’t feel like writing about every single thing, as some of the funniest and best moments of that trip, were when I was just sat around with my friends having a giggle. I don’t get to see them very much, and the last time I saw them in person was over a year ago, so every time we meet up is always fun no matter what we do. I just love them all lots. I have known them since I was about 6, and to me, they are like my family (I know Mel will read this and go aw).
So what I’m really trying to say is yes, we went to London for a day. And it was fab. And yes, we saw a film. And it was cool. And yes, I went to a Halloween party. And it was a laugh. But the things that were the highlights for me, aren’t something that I can write about exactly. How do you articulate inside jokes, sitting round and catching up… And make it cohesive for someone who wasn’t there?
But again, maybe that isn’t the point. I write for me, I write because I love writing and this a diary of my gap year.

Still struggling though.

So here is what I’m going to do. I’m going to write a post about my trip. I’m going to get it done. I can’t promise it will be inspirational, but if I don’t do it, I’ll be stuck forever.

I’m also going to write to baking recipes. And talk about the play I saw recently. Maybe I’ll even write about this weekend. Phewf. I have a lot of catching up to do. My friend is much better than me, he gets posts up every week, and puts me to shame.

This has just been a spiel of words and thoughts, but bare with me – I’ll get there. I hope everyone is well, and I apologise for my lack of presence on my blog lately. November is looking pretty quiet, isn’t it?

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As a final note: I left work to this today. It doesn't quite show how lovely it is. I love living by the sea, and working by it even more.

Quick Post: A Week In Work

My first week at work has been so rewarding already, and I’m a little bit in love with my job. I knew I would enjoy it – I’ve always loved working with children and teaching in general – but I didn’t realise how much I would adore helping the students in their lessons. Maths and English have really been the highlight for me so far; I’ve had a chance to revisit some maths and help people through a subject that can often bring quite a negative response. I’ve also been helping lots of students with their reading skills, and today was incredible as I feel like I really made a difference and got people excited about their books. I’ve only been their 5 days but the students and staff have made me feel so welcome and happy, that I’m already looking forward to Monday to do it all again.

I have to stay pretty confidential about my job due to the nature of it, so I won’t go much further than saying that this is seriously making think about a career in teaching more than ever before. I’ve been incredibly lucky to get this job, and to work with students who really have made me so proud even after 5 days. I’m going to get a bit attached to this little job, I think…

It is flippin’ tiring though; thank goodness for weekends off!

I can’t say too much…

But I’m a spy… Hmm, maybe not, but for me this is pretty exciting. In fact this is the best news I’ve had since I found out my a-level results (it all went a little downhill from there with rejections and lack of accommodation at my insurance… But I digress…).

Recently I have been helping out in a school with the music department, (I am a massive music geek) just doing bits and bobs and getting a bit of money together (woo, money!). This included a day of moving a lot of music related things from one room to a new storage room, which was pretty hefty work, but it kept me busy (and rather hot, jeans were a bad decision). Then the next day I sorted through lots of instruments, finding serial numbers and making sure they were prepared for students to play. All good fun! I actually really enjoyed it because it was nice to earn some money and feel like I was helping out a bit.

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I wish I played brass, I mean look how cool this trumpet is??

So, what’s this news that I am ever so excited about? I got a job. I got a job. I actually got a job! (I have applied for so many jobs over the past few years and barely got anywhere, it is actually ridiculous). But this like a proper fancy job. Full time. Assisting and mentoring at the school I had been helping out at. I don’t want to say too much because I will obviously be working in a place where it is integral for me to keep fairly confidential (I’m definitely not messing this opportunity up!) but I was offered the job and I took it. How could I not?

It isn’t a small thing. I will be working 5 days a week, until at least May, meaning going abroad may be left to half terms for now, but that’s okay as I feel this will be the perfect challenge for me, and will definitely make this gap year worthwhile. I’m nervous, shocked, elated and so so excited. I have loads of work and planning I need to do, not to mention the plentiful paperwork I need to fill in. But I hope I can really make a go of this and I’m going to throw myself into it head first!

Like I say I can’t say much, so I’m going to leave it here. I wasn’t sure whether I should say anything at all, but I’ve become a little too attached to this blog and lots of people have followed it which has made me so happy. So I don’t want to miss a thing about this gap year on here… Although don’t be expecting updates on school life too much!

Can anyone give me any tips on working in a school? Can anyone give me any tips on how to keep chilled in a new stressful full time job?

Sorry for the random, and vague-ish update, I hope you’re all well.

Rhiannon 🙂