I have unsuccessfully blogged for about year. While there is a compulsion to write, my previous blog lacked purpose, focus, and structure. Writing about various life musings was fun but, in the end, it was fairly uneventful. The result was a loss of momentum. Yet, I am unable to fully shake this blogging bug. There is something meaningful to share and perhaps I have figured out now what the parameters will be for this new space... During the "on season," I am a local High School History Teacher. As for many teachers, my job is my greatest joy. I truly love walking into the school building each day knowing that despite what is happening in my personal life, when 8AM hits, the students will flood in and look to me for advice, guidance, historical tidbits, and approval. Having been in this profession for three years now, I have learned a great deal about what it means to reach students, build relationships, stay on task, and throw everything out the window in order to go with the moment. Yet, three years is barely teaching at all. Each day I am reminded, sometimes gently and sometimes harshly, that this profession is not one that is mastered. Rather one must evolve each day, each month, and each year. The constant transformation of the students, my own theories and practices, and the school's own momentum keeps me craving for more years of this. It is wild to think that the thing that gives me my lowest lows is also the thing that gives me my greatest satisfaction. Perhaps that is how satisfaction works: enough complacency to feel comfortable and at home, but enough unpredictability and contention to keep me coming back for more. The ridiculous and cute musings of the students are a perk too!
The "off season" though is lacking for me. Each summer, I make lists and lists of all of the places I want to visit, sights I want to see, and places I want to eat. By August, I look back over my unchecked list and feel cheated. Without structure, I meander my summer away. That is where this blog comes in. In order to induce a true habit of change, it needs to come at me from multiple sides. Therefore, my goal for this blog is to muse, write, and record my embrace of more "organic living." My intention is to eat locally and work on my cooking skills, to volunteer weekly at my local organic farm and local dairy farm, to move my body more consistently with exercise, and to capture images of the beautiful world around me. Perhaps by embracing the organic life from these multiple angles, I will be able to induce a long lasting an authentic habit change. So here is to many more postings!