But what if I want more?
Work in a traditional sense ended for me in 2011. I left Banking in England and taught private English lessons and played music with Simon in restaurants and bars in France.These were fun things, not really work. Then Araya came along and I became a full time mom. I was so lucky to be able to spend so much time with her. So many of my friends were dropping their kids off at daycare while I was able to share every new moment with her. I couldn't have been happier.
I began realizing that this can't last forever though as one day she will go to school. What could I do with my time? I love learning about other cultures and have loved my English teaching experiences so far, so I found my answer - CELTA! The course certifies you to teach English as a second language, and you teach real students from day 2.
It has been years since I worked this much, but I loved it! The planning, interacting with the students, all of it, I found my calling. I had expected to think "OK, this is interesting, and a way for me to make money" but I found a new love, a passion. It feels really good! After already feeling so lucky to be able to travel and enjoy my family the way that I do, how could I actually find a job that I love too.
So this is my CELTA family. Other teachers, instructors, and students. I learned that I want to learn again, I like thinking, and it's ok to want more than the great life that I already have.
Oh, one more thing. I was lucky enough to be on a house sit right outside of Washington DC during my course! It made everything so much easier. Life really is good! ;)