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Reflective Ripples: I'm a Teacher, and I'm Burning Out

Welcome to Reflective Ripples, where we glance into debatable topics about the creative world. Today, I'm more reflecting than debating, to be sure.




It's been a hot minute. I'm hoping Jenna has a grove of some kind back in this phase of her life at long last.


Though, today, our focus is not entirely about writing.


Most of you lovelies know I am a teacher by a day full-time. My students are at-risk for dropping out before gaining a diploma. Well, until February 11, 2022. We lost a few teachers. More like half our department. Therefore, at six weeks into this marking period... all new schedules had to be made to accommodate.


I was burned out before. I am severely burning out now. Why? Teaching no longer gives me the same rush that it used to for one. There's been a lot of apathy from administration, parents, and students for too long in my life. I'm having a harder time taking time for me to recharge.


That's changing. I'm calling this my BIG PIVOT. Why? I'm going to go into more with my YouTube channel video coming up later this week, but I wanted to make sure I take a moment to emphasize something to my fellow teachers.


We're working hard because what we do is not education. What we do is not people work. What we do, when we do our jobs right, is work with the SOUL of a person. Somewhere along the way, we're forgotten. It's okay that others forget us. However, we need to stop forgetting ourselves.


For anyone feeling that sense of burn out: do what you have to do to stand back and look at the greater picture. Reassess the situation as often as you need!


Learning to take care of me has been the hardest thing. Strangely, being an author taught me how to do that better. Being an author is a different kind of soul work. I guess that is why I'm the Soul Writer.


As always, lovelies… take care of you. You’re worth it!


Love,

Soul Writer





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