Monday, October 17, 2011

Back in the saddle

When was the last time you were forced out of your comfort zone? I've enjoyed my comfort zone for quite a few years now. I love being a stay at home mom, doing my various chores at a relaxed pace, and not having anything else to do besides take care of my family and work on my writing.

Now, because of economic reasons, I needed to find a job. I've been looking for quite a while, hoping to get something I could do at home over the computer or something like that, so I could be with my four year old.

A friend of mine emailed me about some jobs that were available in the Box Elder school district so I applied. I had my eye on a certain job there, but there was also another elementary school that was looking for a music teacher.

It didn't have the hours I wanted, but I put in for it anyway because, hey, music/music therapy was my major in college, so really, it was right up my alley. It ended up that they wanted me! Bad! And I had a very strong impression that this was the job I should take even though I'd have to learn to play the recorder and then teach it to all the third graders! Yikes! 

This job will take me out of my comfort zone, will force me to stretch, demands that I start practicing my guitar again, and to stand up in front of hundreds of kids three days a week, but those are all good things that will make me grow. Right? 

I can't wait to see how everything turns out. I want to make a huge, positive impression on these kids. It may be the only music some of them will ever learn. I'm the only music teacher many of these students will ever know, and I only get a half hour with each class each week. It's not nearly enough time, but I'm determined to make it stand out in their memories!

So get out there! Climb out of your comfort zone! Make yourself grow! Do something scary! It's those risks that make life wonderful and worth living! (So they say. I'll let you know.)


Reflections said...

Sounds like the perfect opportunity! Stretching our comfort zone is a good thing.

Lisa said...

The only way to grow is to reach beyond what you know. Reach beyond what you have experiance in so you can lead that much fuller of a life. You go girl!

Old Kitty said...

GOOD LUCK with your new job! Yay for you!!!!!!! Comfort zones are there to be escaped from! Yay! Take care

Anne Gallagher said...

Good for you, congratulations! Music is important for kids and it sounds like you're very excited to be doing it.

Julie Daines said...

Sounds like a great job, and a good teacher really can make a difference in a child's life. Good luck!

Shari said...

That picture is sweet! Good luck in your new job. I think it sounds F-U-N!

Rob-bear said...

Wow! Good for you. I hope it works well.
I crawled out of my comfort zone by getting involved in our local "Occupy Saskatoon" assembly. I've never been one for social action. But the police haven't bothered with us, and the media are very interested, so I found that I could feel comfortable in this, after all.
Blessings and Bear hugs with your teaching.

Belle said...

Kids love music class at school. It is the most fun thing to do! And I'm sure they will like you a lot. I remember teaching some kids in a group called "Pathfinders" how to play instruments in a marching band. I had no music education, but I did have a good ear and we made it! We learned it together and they loved me. Have fun!

Renae W. Mackley said...

You are bound to make a huge, positive impression and they are lucky to have you!!! Go get 'em, girl.

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

Yee Haw! Go. Create. Inspire! We need more music teachers like you. You can do it, and it will be both rewarding and exhausting.
I'm stretching out of my comfort zone with the theatre. I'm embracing my true calling, too.

Better is Possible said...

Good for you! It'll be a tiring job, but you will love it! I taught music, including recorder for 20+ years before becoming a school counsellor. Those are some of my best memories of my career. You will have an impact! You go, girl!!!!!

Melissa Sugar said...

Congratulations on the new job. Doesn't it feel great when they want you as much or more than you may need them.

I admire your positive attitude and know that you will be a wonderful influence for these kids.

Sometimes stepping out of our comfort zone is just what we need. It opens new doors & offers a variety of ways to grow.

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