An Introduction (of Sorts)
Alright, so I have honestly tried (and failed) to begin my introduction in numerous different styles and fashions, and have in every instance been successful in sounding a) cheesy, b) contrite and/or c) maybe a little desperate. So I will simply begin by saying “hello, and welcome to my blog!”.
Who Am I?
My name is Amberley, and I am a 20-something (alleged) grown-up from Ontario, Canada. A recent graduate with my Bachelor of Education, I have just *officially* begun my teaching career as an “occasional” teacher in the very same school system I grew up in (as in, my Grade 1 teacher — who is also my new neighbour — is now my co-worker. Ah!). I am also the wifey to an adorable nerd named Sean and mama to a three and a half year old adventurer named Indigo.
While balancing the turbulence of my new career with the ups and downs of home life, I do my best to squeeze in as much adventure into my day-to-day as possible. I consider myself a lifelong learner who is always willing to try new things and explore the world around me. This philosophy could mean anything from travel, creating new things (anything from teaching resources to some admittedly terrible DIYs) or simply finding a way to turn the mundane into memorable experiences. My newest ventures have taken me deeper into the world of personal finance, which has always been a fascination and hobby of mine, but which has blossomed after meeting my hubby, who is a financial planner.
As for the important things: my favourite colour is green, I am a dog person, and I could eat donuts every day for the rest of my life (if I knew it wouldn’t kill me).
What Do I Write About?
Simply put, I am hoping to above all craft a blog that reflects all the facets of my weird, wonderful life and the topics that interest me. I don’t want this to become *just* a teaching blog or *just* a parenting blog or *just* an inept DIY-er blog, mostly because that would almost become akin to claiming to be an expert in any one of those categories (which I think you can safely assume, dear reader, that I am not). However, if you stick around long enough, you might just find a little bit about:
- Teaching: Everything from how-to’s, resources and tips to real life stories, such as my student teaching and teacher’s college experiences, to preparing for interviews, and the misadventures of being an occasional teacher
- Home Life: From Mommy stuff such as how to be your child’s first teacher without them hating you, to frugal living, DIYs and home hacks such as how to feed your family on a budget (and not give them food poisoning)
- The Things I Love and/or Fascinate Me: including fun and practical aspects of the world of personal finance from a person with a Bachelor of Arts in English (again, not an expert)
Overall, I hope to write about creating a balanced, joyful life where you get messy, learn, explore and have fun.
What’s in a Name?
Okay, so as corny and cliche as it sounds, the name really has been the hardest part of starting a blog so far. How do I choose a name that expresses who I am and conveys what I write about, without being too broad or limiting, that is memorable but not too obscure, and that is (perhaps most importantly) not already taken?
Well, I guess the most obvious part is that I’m Mrs. G, and apparently still early enough into the honeymoon phase of my marriage where the novelty of my new last name hasn’t worn off yet!
Another important aspect of my interests, identity and what I write about is my career as a teacher (which I have been dreaming about since before I even started kindergarten). In Canada, we call “supply” or “substitute” teachers “occasional teachers”, a moniker I have whole-heartedly embraced because it makes me feel like it is a real “occasion” when I enter a classroom to teach! I know that there is a long-held belief in our cultural understanding that no teacher really wants to be “just a sub” and that students look at an occasional teacher in their classroom as an excuse to goof off. Maybe I will feel differently when this experience is not so fresh for me, but thus far my career as an occasional teacher has been overwhelmingly positive, and I look forward to seeing what each new day (and classroom) will hold for me.
In this vein, I try and view every day, especially every day that I teach, as an adventure. Okay, some days admittedly more than others (hey, I still have to do the laundry, pay the bills and drive my kid to ballet lessons too!), but it is my hope that this blog will reflect the many sides of my life and show how I attempt to infuse this spirit of adventure into my every day.
What Do I Want This Blog to Be?
So why should you stick around and listen to me anyway? There are a plethora of other teaching, parenting, DIY, travel, personal finance, etc. blogs out there that are probably more polished, nuanced and filled with more expertise than mine.
When I was in teacher’s college, there were many moments when I felt so alone. I was living four hours away from my hometown in a city where I knew no one. I also felt incredible pressure balancing being a mother to an 18-month old, and a long-distance relationship with my now-husband, with the obligations (and adventures!) of being both a student and teacher. In my spare time, I scoured the depths of the internet for content that spoke to me. I found so much inspiring, educational and useful information out there that helped keep me entertained, sane and feeling a little less lonely. However, I also found that between the Target-haul videos, the Pinterest-perfect classrooms and endless cutesy clipart and fonts, that there wasn’t necessarily a lot out there that reflected me, my life, and what I was going through.
I am messy, flawed, and completely imperfect, but I still believe that I am a darn good mom, wife and teacher. And I don’t think that, despite the slivers of our lives that we curate on social media, most of us really have our lives together, do we? I wanted to carve out a tiny space where I could be my authentic self; where I could offer up a non-judgemental voice into the worlds of teaching, parenting and beyond! I mean, don’t we teachers and moms have enough on our plates without the relentless judgements and comparisons that abound on the internet?
My hopes are simple: I hope that my blog becomes a place where my readers can relax, have a laugh, and maybe even learn something along the way. Spoiler alert: this is also pretty much my philosophy when it comes to teaching, parenting and life as well!
I would love to hear from you! Favourite colour? Dog or cat person? Opinion on donuts? Comment down below and introduce yourself!