Well, that was an extremely long and slightly unexpected break. I'll admit that blogging has taken a major back seat in life recently, so far back that it is probably safe to say it's in the trunk. Locked. And I'm not sure exactly when I will be back or how it will look when I do. The only thing I'm fairly sure of is that I will be back.
This has happened to me many times before. I usually come back with some grand plan and I'm full of promises to blog a certain amount and that things are going to be great. And I'm sure I will do that again, just not quite yet. And here is why:
Recently, Facebook made some more changes (yes, more) and now there is a spot on my profile page where my previous "notes" are displayed. Remember notes? Yeah, me neither. I only ever wrote three of them and they all took place during my freshman year of college when I had no friends and spent a lot of time in my room. I was reading one of those this last week and was reminded that teaching has always been something I have wanted to do.
"I really want to teach for a living. And while I’ve always said that I want to teach high school, right now it really doesn’t matter which age group or even the setting, I think. I just know that this is definitely what I want to do with my life. " (Me, age 19)
Fast forward to life right now. In November of last year, I got a job as a substitute/transitional teacher at a Child Development Center. In general, I cover classes while the main teachers go on their lunch breaks or after they are finished with their shifts. About a month ago, my hours doubled and I now work at least 30 hours a week, sometimes more.
The center in which I work has a day camp during the summer for elementary students and I was recently offered the position of a main teacher for one of the age groups at this camp. So my summer will be taken up with field trips, crafts, games, science experiments, reading, and bunches of other developmental activities. And I couldn't be more excited!
All of that to say that my life direction is changing. When I started this blog, I had become a bit discouraged about the possibility of teaching and thought that I was going to pursue a more design-based future. However, now that I am consistently in a classroom, I realize that my passion has always been here. I still have an appreciation for design and it will always play a role in my life, but it will probably come more in the form of setting up my own home or planning my future children's birthday parties. The future that I had planned on, the one where I take online classes to become certified in wedding planning and interior decorating and start a home-based business, is slowly fading and the one where I teach children the skills they will need in life is becoming more of a reality.
So, what does that mean for this blog? I have no idea. That is what I am trying to figure out. I will still have my Etsy shop and will continue to support handmade and creative businesses. I will still share design-oriented things that I find fascinating. I will still strive to make the world around me more beautiful. But Uncommonplace might also see some of the projects I try with my class this summer, and more of my struggles with balancing work and domestic life. Who knows? It may not deviate a terrible amount, but trying to keep this blog something completely separate from what my daily life includes seems difficult and unnecessary.
I'm going to Mexico next Friday for a mission trip. I will have a lot of time on the car ride down and back to think about the direction this blog is going to take. I'm hoping to come back with a slight plan and start to put that plan into action upon my return. I really enjoy blogging when I make an effort to post regularly and interact with people, so I know I want it to continue to be in my life. But the form it will take and what it will look like are still up in the air. So don't go too far and I will let you know when I have it figured out. :)