Another end of term, and another end of contract. This year was a one year maternity cover for an a Art and Design BTEC level 3 tutor.

I think this has been my hardest year teaching. This is been a blend of working in a new environment, personal issues effecting my professional life as my husbands continues to wait for a heart transplant, some of the most difficult students I have ever taught, and some of the sweetest students I have ever taught.

It has made me decide to leave teaching formal education and try making a living from my own work. It has helped me be confident in myself, my skills, and my professionalism.

This year I have learnt to say no, understand when I need to stop, give myself a break. Amazingly if you do that, then you have more energy, focus and resolve to get things that need to be done competed, and those that aren’t important you can identify, and let go.

Today my mantras are:
Go out and live it,
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes,
Try, try and try again but…
Know when something is wrong and chose to fix it or leave it behind
Make time to sit with friends and loved one and share a meal

I thank all those that did this year’s journey with me, and wish them luck, happiness and health for the future.

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Published by sophiesart

East sussex based artists, photographer and art teacher. Inspiration, Education and Wellbeing and the core of The Arts School where I teach a range of courses to develop your confidence, knowledge and skills. My own work reflects the world around me. I love collaboration so contact me to see how we can work together www.sophiedouglas.org.uk

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