Thursday, March 22, 2012

Continuing to Downsize

In my ongoing effort to streamline my life and reach my ultimate goal of becoming a published author, I've decided to condense this blog.  Writing three blogs each week has become overwhelming for me this year due to my day job as a fourth grade teacher.  Because we have more teaching to the MCAS, including an additional teaching block called RTI, I have more correcting than I've ever had before.  I really think my last two illnesses were a result of me being run down.  Something had to change and that's the current format of this blog.

So, I'll continue to update my activities and the joke of the week.  I'd like to write more about clowning skills.  If there's anything you've ever wanted to know about clowning, just ask.  And if you spot me clowning around, leave me a comment.  I'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Downsizing Your Life

I’ve been working towards being a famous writer when I grow up for almost two years now. I realized (duh) recently that some of my activities have veered me off of that path. Although I love being an Aqua Zumba instructor, I have decided to give that up. That actually benefits me in a few ways.

The first and most important advantage is that I’ll have more time to write. I’ll also save $30 a month on my Zumba Instructor Network membership fee. Granted, I will have less income since I won’t be teaching but that’s okay. The end result, getting published, will be worth it!

While I have dropped my Zumba certification, I will maintain my certifications as a personal fitness trainer as well as a lifestyle and weight management consultant. This knowledge helps keep my husband and me healthy and active.

I will continue to clown around. I still enjoy being Peppermint Patti although lately the behaviors of the children have become obnoxious to the point where I am thinking of retiring from that. At a recent party I was harassed by a three year old and his mom called me a rude clown. This was after he ran into the room; karate chopped the birthday cake, screamed nonstop, and was grabbing at the balloons as I was trying to twist them. We were all relieved when he was removed from the party.

Anyway, I’m downsizing. Instead of four careers, I’m now down to three. It feels good. I’m going to start sleeping a little later, too. I’ll set the alarm for 5 AM rather than my current 4:30 AM!

Do you have many “irons in the fire?” How do you manage? Leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you!