September brought cooler weather and I welcomed it with open arms. There's something about fall weather that makes me calm down. Aside from the pesky wasps that continue to scare me as they buzz by during recess, the cooler weather has a certain smell, a certain feeling that is incredibly refreshing to me.
This time last year, I was starting my first year as a college instructor and preschool teacher (more on that here, if you're curious) and was a nervous wreck. Being a recent college graduate myself, I felt all eyes on me--and eyes that judged my ability to teach and handle all the college students and preschoolers that entered my room. This year, however, I feel calm and eager to start again. I've got lesson plans ready to go. I've got a rhythm and routine that's established. And I'm ready to have fun. And ready to continue to grow.
I also went hiking more this month as well--and discovered a cute little fireplace at the top of a hill in the middle of a forest. I love finding old hidden treasures like that. I painted my room, tried new recipes, and did a lot of reflecting. To be honest, this entire year has been about reflecting (maybe that's why still is my word for the year?). I realized all that's happened to me this year and how each event has shaped me and helped me grow in ways I never thought possible.