. . . to connect with my co-workers.
“Lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance. Something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes And not have to wear high heels. What would that be, Lord? Architecture? Midwifery? Golf course design? I’m asking You, because if I knew, I’d be doing it . . . ”
That is my job! I make my own hours, I feel incredibly intellectually fulfilled each day, I get outside sometimes, and I do not need to wear heels. I am a private tutor. I work at a private school and every day I make my own hours and get to interact with students around all subjects. I especially love getting to learn about history. Yesterday I enjoyed solving a Venn Diagram with a student. I look forward to today. I so enjoy getting to be a part of academia, working with high school students, and the flexibility of my schedule.
I do miss being a part of a team.
Don’t get me wrong. I do not miss going to lots of meetings, but I miss the community that is built around such things.
Today I am bringing my colleagues muffins. At the beginning of the school year I usually send an email to my colleagues letting them know which of their students I am tutoring. Tomorrow I am bringing a note and a mini-muffin for as many students of theirs that I am tutoring.
I would not have done this if I didn’t know I needed to be intentional this month. So here I go. Muffins in the oven and cards are made.
Andrew put the muffins in this morning. I finished making these cards and placing muffins in little take out boxes that we already had. I put extra muffins for my students in a basket, and off I went to school early to connect with as many teachers as possible.
And it was wonderful. I was able to sit and talk with a number of teachers. The little card listing students seemed a better strategy than sending an email. We talked about the students on the spot. One of the things I love about the school I work at is that the faculty knows the students. Before grades are issued they gather in community and talk with one another about each and every student and strategies for working with them, so when I talk to a teacher about a student they know them well.
I also really appreciate and admire our faculty, and just enjoy them. It was good for me to plan the time to take time. A good reminder to be more intentional at work more often.