life beyond the well…

Back to School!


I made it through the first day!

Isn’t that what we all think about our first day anywhere?  Be it a new job or a new school, I think we all breathe a sigh of relief at the end of the first day.  I think we all go into these situations with anxiety, as we’re curious about what to expect.  How will we fit into the environment?  How will the other people in this new environment be?  What will my role be?  Will it meet my expectations?

After my first day at new teacher orientation for my new school, I feel great.  However, I feel great in an apprehensive kind of way.  I’m in an environment where the stakes are high, accountability and responsibility are not just buzz words, and there’s a thread of commonality amongst team members about why we each are there.

Although we didn’t put in a full day of work, we did work hard…and I’m tired!  I think part of what makes returning to work exhausting is the mental aspect, where you really are directing your thoughts and focusing on activities after not having to do so (or not having to do so as much) for a while.  Nevertheless, I feel a good exhaustion; one that results from time well spent being a part of something that matters beyond yourself and your personal interests.

That said, I’ve got some things to do to prepare for tomorrow…and one of those things includes being well rested!  I’m really hoping that I stay awake for the finale of the Bachelorette  (I’m embarassed that I even mentioned that show on my blog, for the record).

Until next time…


Author: erin.almond

God-chaser. NC native, now planted in Jacksonville, FL. Happily married to a handsome church-planting pastor. I am easily excited by Jesus, education, cupcakes, Moleskine notebooks, and Pepsi. Overwhelmed by God's amazing grace, undeserving of His love and mercy.

3 thoughts on “Back to School!

  1. I feel ya Erin. Thats how I feel now with my new job and everything. I’m so hyped to be in a new place with new responsibilities and meeting new people..but kinda apprehensive because you dont know if you’ll have these same feelings a month from now or maybe a year from now. You know what you HAD but dont know whats IN FRONT of you. But what im trying to do is just enjoy the ride because nomader what you go through, may it be good or bad, there’s always something to be learned from the expereince. Take comfort in knowing that 2 of your “FAME buddies” are going through the same thing right now…… I still have around 25 years till I can I’m not thinking this will be my permanent home. I see it as a temporary stopping point to greater things..
    Holla at ya boy…

  2. i, too, am embarrassed that you mentioned that show.

    congrats on a great first day!

  3. Loves it, you totally speak the truth!

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