This week chewed me up and spit me out. Between the deadlines, the observation, the grading, the meetings- I truly feel like I hit my limit before a breakdown. I spent every spare minute grading in classes, trying to multitask by planning lots of 'silent & independent' activities and crunching to finish the all-so-necessary bureaucratic documents that will help me keep my job. Despite the mayhem of this full week, I survived, got all of my grading done, and I think I did a pretty good job at maintaining my cool while I had one of the most crucial observations of the year. I need this long weekend.
My body feels the stressors of being a teacher. As much as I try to compartmentalize my work and finish it before I leave in the afternoon, my brain still feels the stress and anxiousness. As a first year teacher, I often feel overwhelmed by the expectations, the rubrics, the observations. I feel like if I divert from any perfectly crafted lesson plan to talk about 12 year old things, it will come back to bite me. I'm trying really hard to be reflective from feedback, but it's hard when you don't hear much, and when you do it makes you doubt everything you've put your heart and soul into, everything about the good of working with kids. I wouldn't say that I'm struggling to stay afloat, rather I've plateaued at this point in the year. Long story short, I'm trying to find the balance. It's hard, but I know things will get easier as the years go on.
Needless to say, when my tummy was all twisty and turning before work this week, I wanted something nourishing and filling. Sometimes it's necessary to drift away from eggs in the morning.
Sweet Potato Breakfast Smoothie
1 cup frozen cauli rice
1/2 large sweet potato mashed
1 tbsp maple syrup/honey
3/4 cup almond milk
2 scoops collagen (optional) or any lite flavored protein powder
2 tbsp walnuts or nut of choice
healthy dash of cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla
pinch sea salt
3-4 ice cubes
Add all ingredients to a blender and bleeeeeend! It's not that hard.
Add a bit more almond milk if your smoothie is too thicc for the blender (always happens to me!)