Whew! I recently realized that it has been almost a year since I have written anything on this blog! That's embarrassing! I feel like I have so many new things to share that I don't know where to start. First off, let me get myself off the hook a little by explaining what I've been up to this past year.
I have had many life changes that have happened this last year that have turned my world upside down (in a good way!). In the past year I have gotten engaged, moved to a new state, and started a new job! My fiance relocated to South Carolina for his career so I was put into a professional-personal tug of war. I loved my school and felt like the school counseling program there was my baby--I had developed and molded it into a program that worked for me, my students, my staff, and my school overall. Was it a stressful job? YES! Was it hard being the only school counselor there? YES! Did I love being a Wildcat? DEFINITELY!
|Look at my awesome family!|
On the other hand, I knew that I had to put my personal life and family first, and made the difficult decision to leave my position and move to South Carolina. Changing my licensure over to a new state was harder than I thought it would be and I spent many hours on the phone and on the computer making that happen.
I finally accepted a position split between two schools (mornings at one school and afternoons at the other). We moved to SC the first week of August and two weeks later I was starting my new career as a SC School Counselor.
Starting a new job in a new state (and just moving to a new state in general) was difficult, but I wouldn't change my decision for the world. Of course I miss my Wildcat family and they will always have a special place in my heart (and I miss those kids so much!), but making a decision to benefit my family was a no brainer.
My new life as a split school counselor has been a great learning opportunity! I am fortunate enough that I FINALLY get to work with other school counselors in my buildings, and I have learned a lot from both of them. In the language of Stephen Covey, I have had a huge paradigm shift and am becoming a better school counselor every day because of it!
Thanks for being patient with me, and the best is yet to come...
PS: Happy National School Counseling Week!