Firsts

Update: I wrote this a little while ago, but I never posted it because I needed a blog name (Thanks to my dad and brother!) Hopefully I will be posting onceish a week from now on! I am officially now on week three!

This past month has been a blur of “firsts,” so for my first blog post I figured I would write about some of them I ate my first Thai bbq, taught my first class, and got my first “on my own” paycheck. For the first time in my life, I can say that I am supporting myself. I am lucky to say that my teaching salary is more than enough for me to house and feed myself, while putting money aside for travelling and other such frivolous things (maybe even a motorbike… I promise I will wear a helmet Mom…. And PiA). So here, another first, I drove my first motorbike. And loved it as I knew I would.

Life is a lot quieter here then I am used to, but that’s probably a good thing. In the mornings I wake up and mediate, go teach, and then either go to yoga or muay thai after school. The food here is amazing and we are slowly discovering all of the options available to us. I am teaching second and third grades, where the kids have a lot of energy and a lot of smiles. I hear them calling “Teacher, Teacher” just in time to feel little arms wrapping around my waist for a hug.

In just two weeks there have been also a lot of “last” times, I graduated from college, rode my horse for the last time, and moved away from some of the people that I love the most. I moved home, then promptly left for Thailand four days after. I can’t say that these past weeks haven’t been difficult, but I did not expect this transition to be easy. Teaching is incredibly time consuming and can be very frustrating. It can be very unclear what my kids have already been taught and what they actually understand. I am just getting into the groove of things and finally feel that I am slowly putting a routine into place.

My world has so rapidly shifted that it seems like it has been forever since I graduated from college, yet it has only been a few weeks. I haven’t quite accepted the fact that this is my new life now, but as I have begun to settle down (and more importantly unpack) I am excited to see where this year will take me!

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3 thoughts on “Firsts

  1. Kara you have all of my old students from last year. Have fun with them! They are all so very special! Sounds like you’re navigating your firsts with bravery and already getting involved with the community outside of school. That’s awesome!

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