Big News!

Well, Hubs and I took the plunge and bought our very own house like honest-to-goodness adults! We won’t close and move until June, so it all still doesn’t quite feel real, despite the very large checks we are already writing for things like home inspections and electrical quotes and half the down payment…


This also means that I am starting to look for a new job. The commute from our new place to where I presently work would be 45 minutes to an hour each way on a good day, and that is a sacrifice of time I’m just not willing to make. (If you go back and read my last post, you will begin to understand why.) At first, I was dreading the process of finding a new position, because all of my prior experiences with job searching have been completely drenched, saturated even, with a sense of utter desperation. I was desperate for a job, any job, after graduating from college with a very useful and clearly marketable degree in theatre. When I was laid off from that first job in 2009, I was desperate for a job, any job, so that I could continue to live on my own in Boston as my mother gently and lovingly urged me to consider moving home to New Jersey. And then, when I finished graduate school in 2011, certified to teach high school English, I was desperate for a job that would allow me to do what I loved…and to assuage my deep anxiety that perhaps it wasn’t a worthwhile investment to put my money-making on hold and dump a boatload of money into post-graduate education.


Now, I hope I’m not jinxing myself here, but this time around, the whole job search process just feels different. I’m more confident that, with two years of experience under my belt and a gut-level belief that teaching is what I’m meant to be doing right now, I will find a new job close to our home. Granted, there is never a TON of demand for English teachers, or teachers of the humanities in general. I’m realistic enough to know this. But it has to be a good sign that I already have second interviews lined up at two schools where I would be genuinely happy and excited to work. And it’s only March!


Dear readers, please keep your fingers crossed for me, that I do not live to regret how assured I seem in this post. I’m knocking on wood as soon as I hit publish…


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