New Journeys

13 years ago, I went back to full time work. My kids were 2 and 5 and we could not afford for me to be off any longer. So, I bit the bullet when a full-time job came up close to home and went back to work. It was a teaching job which also included the role of coordinator.

During my interview I made it clear that I was happy to take on the extra role, but my kids always came first. I was a mum before anything else.

I remember the first year – how hard it was juggling full time work, a toddler and a child starting school. I would fall asleep at 8.30pm every night and was exhausted on weekends.

Over the next few years I gave up my extra role because it was impacting on the kids. I used up my sick leave mostly as family leave for when the kids needed me.

Today I finish my job here. It is bitter sweet. This place gave me a go when I hadn’t worked for nearly 7 years. But I found myself losing confidence in myself and my ability to make a difference. This came to a head last year when I was pushed into making a change. I was angry and upset at the time; but looking back today I realize that it was a blessing in disguise.

This is a new feeling for me. I am putting myself and my career first; and this is something I have not done for so long. For many years I have stepped back and done everything for my little family – proudly I might add.

As I look back on my time here, I am grateful for the friends I have made and all the students I have taught. Change is hard when you have been somewhere for a long time; but I am looking forward to re-energizing my love of teaching and jumping into a new adventure.

Cheers to new starts!  🙂

Laurainne Marshall (AKA Lo) lives in Sydney, Australia with her 2 kids, Hayley and Jamie, and her soul mate of over 30 years, Graham. Their furbaby is a beautiful Groodle  named Jarrah.
Laurainne has many roles - Wife, Mother, Teacher and Musician. She believes that life is to be lived at full throttle and is deeply spiritual. Her motto is “Grab life and run.” She also believes one person can make a difference in this world and hopes that by sharing her life experiences, she might inspire a few people along the way.
When she is not teaching through the week, you can find Lo belting out 80s hits in her band Soundproofed. You can follow the band on Facebook.

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