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Blog Challenge Part 10


I’m continuing with my *never ending* Blog Challenge today. I really have enjoyed looking at different topics!

I left off covering topic #18, and today I’m writing about #19 and #20.

19. My worst habits

Well, I’m a worrier by nature. I do think I’ve gotten better at worrying less as I’ve gotten older. That being said, now I think I worry about “bigger” things rather than “smaller” things. I guess with age you do learn not to “sweat the small stuff,” but I sure do worry about other bigger things…Also, how can you have kids and not worry?

Also, I am type A in most aspects of my life, but I can procrastinate on things that I don’t want to do…and it’s usually small things like put away a stack of papers, pack a suitcase, or tidy up my closet.

Lastly, I play with my hair a lot. It’s a nervous habit that turned into just a bad habit!

20. Where I want to be in 10 years…

Retired. 😆


I’m finishing up year 21 in education, and I really don’t see myself going past year thirty. The “practical” part of me even likes the “math” of it…At the end of my 30th year, the kids will be 22 and graduating college (assuming it takes them four years). So, we can all check off big milestones.

I’ve loved my time in education, and it’s been the perfect job for me. I’ve learned so much, met so many great people, taught so many great students, accomplished so much professionally and more.

Could I get to that 30th year and decide to go one more because it will make my pension better? Yes…and I just might. Our retirement system has changed a bit. It used to be 52 years old and thirty years gave you a pretty optimal pension, but now I think it’s 55 (or a combo of age + years if you started teaching later). I know more and more people who are retiring at 27 years which is when you can start getting a pretty good pension. I have a few years in Missouri, so my thirty years would be 27 if I retire then.

But, for me, 30 is the goal. Then, I will be ready to do whatever I want…whenever I want!

I was just talking about the first day of school with some students. Even in August of 2020 when we started the school year virtually, I still went to school and sat in my classroom. I’ve had a first day of school in a classroom for over 40 years! I didn’t want to end the streak.

I’m not sure what I will do when I retire, but it would be nice to have more free time and do what I want. I sure hope Travis and I have raised good, productive kids who are ready for their own bright future, so we can enjoy ours (but be there for them whenever/however they need us to be). I’ve always dreamed of spending the month of February somewhere warm, travel a bit more, not be in a rush to drink my coffee in the morning, and more. I think I would be open to subbing. I honestly didn’t think that would be the case, but the money is good, and of course you can pick and choose where you go and whose classroom you sub in. After my mom retired, she worked at the public library. That sounds like something I’d enjoy as well. We’ll see.

I still have eight years go to, but I’m proud of myself for sticking with education even during some really tough years. I’ve earned two Master’s degrees, had various classroom jobs, held leadership positions, and more. I help provide for our family, and have modeled for my kids what it’s like to have a career and balance home life as well. It’s been the best decision for our family. Plus, I get the extra time at home with the kids on breaks and in the summer.

I know students sure have changed my life for the better, and I hope many can say the same about their time in my classroom.

Year 1 to year 21 sure escalated quickly!

I hope your week is off to a great start. It’s been a busy one for us, but I hope to be back with two more posts this week.

6 thoughts on “Blog Challenge Part 10

  1. I can’t believe how much we are alike with #19. I do think I sweat the small stuff less, but boy, you can get me worked up over a small thing even still. I worry about all the big things, too. I am Type A and the first born overachieving child, too. I can put something off like you wouldn’t believe, but normally I get right in and get tasks done. I have a pile of papers in the basement that has been calling my name for years.
    So, next year is my year 30 and my kids’ college graduation year as long as all goes well! I didn’t realize we were that parallel with our kids and careers. I have my retirement estimates for different scenarios. When I think about being done right now I get sad, so that tells me I am not quite ready. I would like to do something else when I retire but I would want it to be extremely flexible and fun. I have a couple of ideas and I am keeping my eyes open to opportunities. I would love to have a fall off from work! I also like your idea of February in a different place. I have lived by a school calendar for 46 years!

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    1. I’m sure as the time gets closer, I will feel sad…it’s still a few years off but feels closer especially when I think about my own kids—once they have four years of high school and four years of college, I could retire. I have two Missouri years & then I was .7 for three years when the kids were little so that missing .3 x3 is another year. I loved that I had that extra time with them. I’m sure once I get close, if it’s worth it to stay one or two more, I will. This year, we will have quite a few teachers at my school retire and they are either at 27 years or the ones who have been there over 30 and are 55 years old. It’s been interesting to see who is retiring.


  2. This is such an amazing goal to teach for 30 years. It is kind of weird to think that I would already be retired if I had taught straight through for 30 years instead of stopping when I had the kids. Time flies!

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    1. That is crazy to think about! It sure does. It’s weird when I start thinking about my kids have four years of high school and then four years of college and then I could be finished. I don’t want the time to go by too quickly!


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