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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What is next, I wonder?

I haven't talked about this very much on here, but nine years ago I moved to Central Oregon from the McKenzie Valley to finish up my degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Services.  OSU Cascades had just opened up, and Nigel and I moved to my Mom's little cabin in La Pine.  Our lives in La Pine had begun.

The decision to be brave and move a couple of hours away from home with a 12-year-old, a big dog and three cats into a 365 square foot cabin changed my life.  For the best.  I worked hard, finished what I started out to do and then met Cary.

From the time I was in high school, I always wanted to be a kindergarten teacher.  I suppose that I still could be.  I would have to go back for one more year to get my masters degree to be able to  teach in a public school.  I just don't have the gumption at this point. Nor do I want to spend the energy, time or money to get that done.

Still, I feel as if I somehow have a lot to offer in that area of my life that I have put on the back shelf.  When I graduated, I spent the next school year teaching at Head Start in Bend.  I loved the kids, the parents and most of my co-workers, but not the rest of it.  I had a hard time working within the grant (translation:  doing things that do not make sense and are a waste of money).

During the year I was there though, I did gather all of my information into two full notebooks on how to create my own dream early childhood education center.  Last year, I created a blog (which is now an outline, but is otherwise inactive) to write my own book on how to set up your own pre-school/childcare center.   It has just been sitting there, I guess, waiting for me to get back to it. 

I have some other small business ideas on how to supplement curriculum and provide materials and classroom equipment.  Maybe this will be the year to get going on all of that?  I don't know.  I always do better with my new beginnings when fall gets here, and it is almost here, so maybe. 

Right now I am just enjoying the rest of the summer with my sweetie and thinking about what comes next, job wise.  Whatever it is, it will require motivation.  I don't mind hard work when I am motivated.  And right now I am really lacking in motivation.  I hope that it hurries up and gets back to me! 

Here is the link to my Comfort and Joy Early Childhood Education blog/outline click here.  It is only a beginning, but see what you think and let me know.  Thanks!


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