Happy 4th Birthday & FYI
Today, my little blog turned 4. I have loved making Tumblr buddies over the past 4 years. But my heart is heavy too because of an important decision I have to make.
I graduated from college a semester early to search for a teaching job. The writing was on the wall that the economy was tanking in NC and teachers were going to be cut. I was trying to beat that, and sadly, I didn’t. I searched tirelessly for a job in NC, where I had to teach 4 years to pay back my NC Teaching Fellows scholarship. This blog was my outlet. I wrote about my trials and tribulations of searching for a job and more importantly, searching for myself. Once I got a job, I decided that I would continue blogging because I loved this little space and I made friends with some great people via my little blog.
4 years ago, I started a blog. 4 years ago, I also started teaching in my first teaching job.. which brings me to my decision.
Today, this chart was released.
Teacher salaries are no secret; but here is what I’ve been trying to say in multiple blog posts before. Teachers are not asking for a RAISE, we’re simply asking to be paid based on our experience like all other professionals. I can promise you none of us went into teaching to make $100,000 a year. However, what we did expect was to be able to afford to live. If you will notice, in 2008 (the year I graduated college), I had 0 years of experience. I now have 3.8 years of experience, meaning I should be getting paid on a 4 year salary scale. I am losing money every year I continue teaching because I haven’t received a “step” since I started teaching.
So, if you live in NC and see the news articles, Facebook posts, etc., this is what we’re talking about. I had to cancel cable this month because I couldn’t justify paying for it any longer. If we don’t get a raise next year, this year will be my last year teaching because sadly, I have to live. And I can’t continue to live month to month. As much as I love my job and as much as I value educating today’s youth, I cannot continue to worry about my job and come home and worry about how I’m going to pay my bills every month. DG and I would eventually like to have kids, and with this as our future, we won’t be able to afford it.
So, please, support teachers whenever you can. Because no one in our state legislature is.
Good morning, y’all! I am cleaning out my closet and I have some goodies available. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you a Paypal invoice. Shipping is $5 and I will combine orders.
J.Crew Black Bow Monde Silk Taffeta
Paid $250, asking $35 (worn once)
Splendid Backless Shirt SOLD
Paid $88, asking $10 (worn once)
Karlie Cocktail Dress
Paid $120, asking $40 (worn once)
*I really love this dress, but it doesn’t fit me right anymore. Also, unfortunately this is the only full dress shot I have, but I wanted you to see how it looks.
Karlie Bow Cocktail Dress Navy
Paid $110, asking $30 (worn once)
Susana Monaco Gathered Strap Dress SOLD
Paid $165, asking $30 (never worn)
Wrong color but what it looks like on (image via)
Sometimes, I like to walk around the house in my wedding shoes and sweatpants and drink champagne. Waiting for DG to get here and take me to dinner is one of those times.
I need a gray bridesmaid dress for a Labor Day weekend wedding. It can be long or short. I need help. I’d like to keep it under $150. Suggestions welcome!
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
So so sadly true.