For years I’ve given my husband a hard time about going to bed so early. I’m not talking 10 p.m. (although for some that would be early). No, he would start talking about bed as early at 7: 30!
There wasn’t any great mystery to this behavior because he was often up and moving before 5: 30 a.m. Although I understood, it still made me feel old and boring (as if that’s the worst thing you can be).
However, I’ve recently begun teaching with VIPKid and I have to admit, 7: 30 is sounding like a great bed time! Haha!
Okay, so I’m not accustomed to getting up at 6 a.m. but that’s really my only complaint. Seriously! I’m loving this job and the freedom it allows me.
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Shameless plug done! But seriously though, I really don’t have much to say that’s bad. I love that I get to wear leggings to work. I love that my “uniform” is a simple orange t-shirt. I love that I don’t have a commute. I love that there are all sorts of incentives and growth opportunities. I love that I get to be silly and have fun with children. And I love that I set my own schedule. It really has been an answer to prayer.
For reals! I left the “regular” work field several years back because I was working retail and our lives were simply getting too busy for evening, weekend, and holiday work. I thought about going back into teaching but it was decided that wasn’t the best option for our family. I looked for other part time work but our rural area isn’t booming with much but warehouse jobs.
When I found VIPKid, I was thrilled. By the way, you don’t actually need a teaching degree. Any college degree will work!
However, there have been adjustments even though I’m only working about 3 hours a day (for $16+ an hour!)
- My blog schedule has been gone cattywompus! This really is a word. I promise. 🙂 It means askew and it’s right! I was good about having posts out in the morning on Tuesday and Thursday. Now I’m lucky to get one done by the afternoon. This is going to have to adjust for sure!
- I enjoy a second breakfast. Never having been a morning riser and with my body still not thrilled about getting up early, I generally only eat a hard-boiled egg before stating classes. But I find that I’m generally pretty hungry by 10 a.m. which is too early for lunch so I just have to hobbit it up with a second breakfast.
- I had to quit teasing Jay. Seriously, 7: 30 is sounding like a great bed time anymore. Just don’t tell him I said that.
- The urge to correct people who don’t speak in complete sentences is strong. I’m only kinda serious about this one. They really push that the students answer in complete sentences so I find myself wanting to be that annoying person in real life. Sorry people in my life!
- My brain feels ready for a nap about noon. Unless I’m really exhausted a nap doesn’t really happen but I do take brain breaks and do mindless stuff. It’s actually kinda nice.
- I’ve done more daytime talking than I have in years. I spend most days alone with my dog. Three hours of teaching really increases my word count. It’s nice even for my introverted self.
- I’m more aware of my arm motions. I have to think about what my arms and hands are communicating while I’m teaching and the thought pattern sticks with me throughout the day. So if you find me talking with my hands more or asking you to repeat something with my hand to my ear, again, I’m sorry.
In a sort of unrelated note, VIPKid takes a pressure off of me that I didn’t realize was there. For years, I’ve made a little here and a little there selling product I’ve made but I always felt like I could be doing more to contribute financially to our household. This un-acknowledged pressure (which was self-induced and not husband created) often made me feel stressed when writing or creating.
VIPKid has taken a lot of pressure off but still gives me the time to pursue those things.