Monday, July 12, 2010

My Big News!!!!!

Here it is.....I turned in my two weeks notice today. One reason I do not talk about my job on my blog is because I work in commercial real estate and commercial lending. I know and see lots and I mean LOTS of things about local businesses and affluent people on a daily basis. And, my boss is seriously the BEST boss in the whole entire world. When I handed in my notice today, he even asked if there was anything he could do to get me to stay, or something he could work out. Sadly, I told him no. He praised the work I've done and told me I'll always have a job here if I want one. It's nice to know that you've done a good job and that your employer thinks highly of your work and of yourself.

When I took the job I'm at now after student teaching, I just wanted to get the heck out of dodge. You see, I'm a coastal girl, not by birth, but by heart. I love Summer, the beach, warm days. I just wanted to get to Florida. My employer has offices in Florida, and that was my plan. And, LC changed all that. Our life is here now. As I've often learned over the past year, you make life plans, and, well, life works it's own self out.

In two weeks, I am embarking on a new journey, and I'm not gonna lie. I'm TERRIFIED. What if I fail, what if I gave up this job to not succeed in the next one, what if I suck, what if I'm making the wrong decisions. What if, what if, what if?!?!?!?!!! Life will work the what ifs out. I feel that God would not have given me this amazing opportunity if He did not want me to take it. So, I'm taking it.

My new job is teaching. I'll be teaching 7th and 8th grade English. So, any teacher readers out there I'd appreciate all suggestions, support, and anything you've got. I have no idea how I should decorate/set up my room, what to do, etc. You can email me at southernbellejm{at}gmail(dot)com

So, that's my big news.

38 comments:

Lauren Kelly said...

WOW, alot of life changes coming up!!! So excited and happy for you, girl!!! :)

Imjustagirl said...

Congrats that is so excitting! My mom always said man plans and God laughs!!I have to sya there is some truth to that. Also congrats on winning the Dabney Lee catchall!!

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Polish and Pearls said...

Wow, what a change! I'm sure you'll do great!

Charbelle said...

YAY!!! Congratulations!!! That is so awesome!! It's always scary to leave one job for another, it's normal to feel fear and terror at the idea of change. You are going to be fabulous!!
I was in Dollar Tree the other week and they had tons of cute stuff that lent itself towards classroom decoration!

Sara said...

Congratulations on the big change! Hope you love teaching.

Muffy said...

How exciting! Congrats!!!

EmmyLou said...

COngratulations!! Sometimes it can be hard to take a big jump. It's literally "a leap of faith" but I have no doubt you will excel as a teacher. This new chapter of your life is going to be an exciting one! xo

Christin said...

What an exciting change!!! I'm sure you will be a great teacher. I'm sure it was a tough decision, but you know what's best for you. Good luck!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Big congratulations!! Sounds like a very exciting adventure!

Leah said...

Congratulations! Teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs out there. The best part is no two days that are ever the same. Best of luck!

Southern Champagne Wishes said...

Congratulations! Yay! That's so exciting. I'm so happy for you - it sounds like it will be a great new adventure!

Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

I am SO proud of you! I knew your boss would take it just fine...seems so understanding and you have done a good job. Now, big prayers for what lies ahead!! I'll continue thinking about you and can't wait to hear!

VA Gal said...

Congratulations! There are many, many teachers in my family, and I know it's such a rewarding career for them. I hope you have a wonderful time with your students.

My cousin teaches English and often decorates his room with pictures of the places books they study are set in and his students seem to love it. I know he and my aunts also have bookmarked a ton of sites with classroom ideas. If you google "teacher ideas", a bunch of them will come up. Good luck!

♥ H ♥ said...

YAY! That's so exciting!! I teach 1st grade...not that same as 7th and 8th BUT teaching none the less. Proteacher.org is a great website. The best thing is to keep organized. If you're organized, your students will be also. Have them in a seating chart to begin with and routine is very important to help with behavior problems. Also, be mean the first 4-6wks. Set your bounderies or they will walk all over you. You're not their friend. You can be nice later. But they need to know you're the boss! There's so much I could tell you. If you have any questions let me know!! I will be glad to help. A lot of teaching ideas/tips can work for any age range. GOOD LUCK!!

KLC said...

Yay congrats! I'm so excited you are taking the big step and leap of faith to do what you really want!!! You will be a great teacher!!!

Melissa said...

Congrats! You will love it! I'm an 8th grade math teacher, and while it is a tough age, it's also really fun! Good luck with everything, and let me know if you need help or have questions! :)

Beach Bum & Baby said...

Yay!!!! Oh sweetie! I am just so excited for you and your new job! You are going to be an amazing teacher!!! :) xoxo

Practically Perfect... said...

That is so awesome! Teachers make such an impression on children's lives - you're going to be great at it :-) Making a career switch is stressful, but can be the best decision of your life. When I switched to nursing, I knew from day one that it was one of the best choices {aside from marrying my husband!} that I had ever made. Can't wait to hear more about your new adventure! So exciting!

Preppy in Pink said...

CONGRATULATIONS! THAT'S GREAT YEAH TEACH!

Design Apprentice said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news! I'm sure you'll love this move, that's so brave of you and admirable.

Beth's Blog said...

very exciting!!!!!
Congrats! :)

Erica said...

Congrats on your teaching job! I just stumbled across you blog. All my teaching experience is elementary so I don't think it will help you out too much! My advice is classroom management is key. Establish the rules early because it is a lot easier to be strict and ease off than the other way around. Especially in middle school, I'm sure they will test their boundaries. Best wishes! Can't wait to hear your stories!

wahine0814 said...

Congrats on your teaching position! I'm a new reader (and just requested to follow you on Twitter). I am getting ready to start my fourth year of teaching fourth grade. Teaching is not a job...it's a lifestyle! I'm sure you will be great and I'm around for any questions, support, etc. :) Just think how much fun you'll have setting up your room (totally the best part of the year)!

Piper Jacquelyn said...

Congratulations! What a big step - you are going to be a fabulous teacher. I have no doubt in my mind. I'm excited for you! My best friend taught english to 6th-8th graders, I believe, at a prep school in Chicago when he first started. I'll be sure to ask him if he has any tips or ideas for you! Good luck!

Classy Fab Sarah said...

Woow congratulations!! That is such amazing news!

Ally said...

Big changes!! Congrats! Very exciting!

Lindsey said...

Congrats on the new job! Big change is always scary, but when you look back months from now it will all be worth the risk.

Raining Pearls said...

Good for you Girl!!! That takes guts to make a big change and I have no doubt you are going to knock it out of the park :) Can't wait to hear all about this new journey.
xoxo
Nancy

LuvRedandWhite said...

BIG Congratulations as you get ready to start on your teaching journey! I teach English (9th and 10th grade...not too different from 7th and 8th), so please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions :) My e-mail is ncsurach at gmail dot com!

Ruth said...

CONGRATS!!! I know you will be a great teacher.

The Davis Daily said...

Don't worry girl, you are going to be great. I can already see the boys having a crush on you. Watch out!ha

Kassie said...

Congrats on your new adventure!!!

Preppy Girl Meets World said...

Congratulations and best of luck to you dear!

Leelee said...

I am thrilled for you! You will be great..I taught 6-8 Language Arts before my kids were born...e-mail me if you ever need ideas...I have a few that actually worked well for me! Congrats!!

South Carolina Belle said...

Congrats!! That is so exciting! I am a future teacher myself so I am always looking for great online resources. One that I love to order things for class projects I have is wwww.creativeteaching.com they have really cute borders and cut out letters for bulletin boards!! Good luck!

kLl said...

So excited! You will do great, amazing, wonderful!

The Pink Chick said...

Congratulations! This is such exciting news! You are going to be such a wonderful teacher! Congratulations!!

amh said...

Hi! Congrats on your teaching position! I teach 10th grade English in Florida. If you ever need anything, email me at mandyhughes at gmail dot com. I will be happy to help and share!

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