Twenty Five

Tomorrow I turn 25.

I like to reflect on my life when it’s my birthday. It’s the perfect time to see how my life has changed in one year and it also gives me a chance to express my gratitude for the amazing things in my life.

When I wrote my last birthday post, I was just about to start my journey to becoming a teacher. It’s 365 days later and I am now coming to the end of my training, I will be qualified in just two short months. I have secured my first teaching job, a permanent position in year five and I am over the moon about it. Just as I predicted, it wasn’t easy but I can say for certain that training to be a teacher was the best decision of my life.

This year I have learned to find balance in every part of my life. I have learned to accept and let go of certain feelings and thoughts that were holding me back. I still have a long way to to before I am free from my anxiety but as time passes by, I am conquering it with confidence and learning different ways to reduce stress and manage my emotions.

The thought of the next year scares me a little but I am excited for the changes that I know are going to come and the little moments in life that will surprise me. I am ready for me and the people I love the most to move forward, to succeed, to love and to live a happy and fulfilling life. I am ready for the challenges that await me in the next 365 days, and I hope to share some happy memories and new life lessons with you all in my birthday post next year.

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Teacher Training Diaries: Final Placement.

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The finish line is close enough for me to see it! I find it hard to believe that I am almost at the end of my teacher training journey. It has been a year of highs and lows but in just two short months, I will be a qualified primary school teacher. My last assignment has been submitted. I am 4 weeks into my final 9 week placement in year 1/2. Due to some circumstances within the school, I will be moving to another year 1/2 class. This is not ideal but I am learning to embrace the change and get to know some new children.

I am so excited to announce that I secured my first teaching job for September. A permanent job in Year 5 (my favourite year group to work with). I am looking forward to the new challenges that await me during my NQT year but first, I need to finish my training. I am so happy that I got a job secured, it’s one less thing to worry about! I still have my files to do, lessons to plan and reflect on and resources to make but I feel confident in myself at the moment. I am finding a work/life balance, I am happy with my development as a teacher and even though I still have things to work on, I know I will reach my targets by the end of the year.

When I look back to September, I am amazed at how much I have learnt and how far I have come. Teaching is not an easy profession. This year has been mentally and physically draining. I have had moments where I wanted to give up and go and do something else. I have had moments where I felt that teaching was not for me. But I have also had moments of happiness and joy. I have had moments of pride and achievement. I have had moments of true gratitude because I really do have the best job ever. Teacher training takes over your life and can put a lot of pressure and strain on your relationships, your personal life and your mental health. Teaching as a profession, is a constant obstacle course of jumping through hoops and ticking boxes. Teaching can leave you in a constant state of exhaustion. But despite all of that…. I am still going, growing stronger every day, learning something new every day and looking forward to having my own class in September.

 

 

‘Love, Rosie’ Film Review

Critics are calling Love, Rosie a mediocre Rom Com with no depth or originality but after watching it, I have to disagree. Love, Rosie is so much more than what it appears, if you look deeper into the story, it will definitely steal your heart. 

An adaptation of Cecilia Ahern’s epistolary novel Where Rainbow’s End, the film focuses on two characters, Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin). They met at the age of five and have been best friends ever since. The two characters face the highs and lows of growing up and deal with the complexities of love, life, family and friendships.

I have no doubt that the audience will be charmed almost instantly by their unbreakable bond but wonder if there is something else between them. The film is a little bit predictable at times but sometimes all you want to watch is a simple love story with relatable characters and an uncomplicated plot.

Missed chances, miscommunication and mistakes, drive the characters two apart and as Rosie and Alex try to carry on with their separate lives, a force always pulls them back together again. The sentiment of the film is sweet and I really enjoyed watching it.

Love, Rosie is a heart-warming and likeable film, give it a chance, it is a nice relaxing love story, perfect to watch on a Friday night.

Four Stars!