Haley Domin is 25 and taking on the world one step at a time.
Haley is a teacher, a daughter, a sister, a friend, and living and learning each day.
Mardi Gras-Day 1
Today was a hard day. It was a Tuesday in March and a gloomy, muddy, day. I am a Kindergarten teacher, 25, and still trying to figure it all out. This year has been a struggle; not just for me but for everyone. My students are not only learning their academics, but also how to socialize and be a friend. I am still learning how to support them and be the best teacher that I can be. I think this year has been a good reminder of how much we all need to be shown love, kindness, and patience.
After school today, I found myself drained and tired. I find myself most days feeling like that and sitting for awhile in my room just to decompress from my day. I look forward to the moments when I can talk to my friends at work and share the moments that made our heads spin during our days. It feels good to know that there are other people that are in it together with you. We always say that we should be sharing these moments in a bar after school but room 207 does the trick midweek.
To end my night, I spent it with some of the kindest and most loving people I know. Friends that lift you up and make you forget about your bad days. Who knew that food, drinks, and conversation could straighten out a not so great day?
You just need to care a little less-Day 2
Tonight I was talking to my new roommate. I live in a three person apartment and usually I have lived with people that I have known for years. In November, one of my previous roommates moving out early on in our lease and we were limited on the people that were available to carry out the lease. Luckily, my other roommate had a friend from college that was able to take it over. I have learned a lot from her and her carefree nature and have loved to talk about my everyday issues with this person that does not always know me very well. She provides me with unbiased perspective that has been nice to hear and see.
I came home and told her about my day and the classroom and the worries and she responded with “You just need to care a little less. You worry so much about all of the things around you and need to take a step back and breathe”. She didn’t mean that I shouldn’t care at all but to put more care in the things that make me feel good instead of down. I spend a lot of time and energy worrying about things around me and it make me think that she was right in saying care less about your worries and more about the things that truly matter.
What even is normal???-Day 3
Yesterday, we had parents come into the classroom as a surprise readers for Read Across America. It was a weird and exciting moment to have some sense of normalcy back and have people coming into the classroom that are not normally allowed in during the day. We have been getting a lot of that lately with the removal of the mask mandate and the introduction of more involvement in the school. It makes it all sink in that we really have been doing this pandemic now for almost 2 years. The things that are making happy are things that used to be so normal in our every day and now it is considered a luxury.
I think back to last year when it was crazy enough that we had to put the kids back in rows to create a safe enough distance between them. I had 24 kindergarteners in my classroom, all in desks and unable to even play with one another. Today my coworker and I were even talking about the things that we implemented and used for covid and how now that we are starting to be more normal again, will these things ever be used in the future? I think about how far we have come and what we have learned throughout this whole experience. Although we are not finished with it, it is weird to look back and see what we have all gone through.
Yes, I have a diary-Day 4
I have a diary but in my adult life I have called it a journal so I didn’t feel like a teenage girl writing in a book. I have been writing pretty consistently for the past 6 years about my daily life and the things that happen in it. At first it started as a way for me to vent to something that was never going to tell anyone. I started to notice that if I was only venting, it tended to be only negative things that I had written down and it would be really hard to go back and read because it was only the hard things that I could see that was happening during those times. I had no reminders of all the happy things that were occurring. I started to try and write everyday so that I could have the good with the bad and try to find those happy moments within the day. I have been really enjoying doing this slice of life challenge because it is nice to spend some time each day to jot down what is going on in my life. I also love having it in one place so that I can see what was happening, what I was thinking, and how I have changed since writing these posts or entries.