It’s been quite a while since I checked in. I hope everyone is doing wonderfully despite the strange and uncertain times we are living.
I had a busy summer with lots of painting in June, three weeks of sailing in July and a new job in August (which wrote about here). In addition I had a few day trips in Finland and one to Tallinn.
In case you are wondering what I’ve been painting, no, I’m not aspiring to be the next Picasso! My painting has been quite mundane and sadly involved only the colors grey and white. My painting projects are ongoing year after year, as they concentrate on our house and garden! This year I painted our pergola and two sheds. All have to be painted again next year with another layer, so there’s no end in sight. As I had a two month summer holiday, I was happy to paint all of June.
In July we had a fabulous sailing holiday in Finland. What I thought was quite strange was that it was business as usual in the archipelago despite COVID-19. The marinas were packed, restaurants were operating normally and saunas were heated. The only difference compared to last summer was that disinfectant was available everywhere.
Don’t get me wrong, I am happy for all the entrepreneurs on the islands, as making money in Finland in summer is difficult in the best of times! Once or twice I did wonder how smart it was to sit in the sauna with ten other strangers in the light of the virus. However, everything went well, no-one got sick and the weather was mostly fabulous, so the sailing trip was a success.
In August I started my new job as a preschool teacher. (Which in Finland means 5-6 year olds who will start 1st grade/primary school the next year). I was quite nervous as I had no idea what it would feel like to be working with children again after 16 years.
After the first day, I felt ready to quit and start looking for something else! I was in a new environment, didn’t know the kids or routines and had to start preforming the minute I walked into the group. I had no idea what I was doing!!
Now I’ve been at it for 1,5 months and have to say I enjoy the job tremendously. I finally have a job that challenges me, there’s lots (truthfully too much) to do, my colleagues are great and I love the kids. In addition, the school is almost new so everything is still clean and tidy. Oh and did I mention that my commute is 20 minutes.
When you compare this to my previous job, it’s like night and day. Although my colleagues there were lovely too! But otherwise it was such a boring job with nothing to do and no challenges whatsoever. Also the commute was around one hour! Talk about waste of time. It’s funny to think that even though I’ve gone backwards (from education administration to the grassroots level) and the pay is just a fraction of what I got before, I’m much happier and my motivation levels have risen considerably.
Who knows where I will be in two years (I get bored easily and love change LOL) but for now I’m happy to spend my working hours with the kids, teaching, exploring and going on adventures together. It’s may be a cliché but I have truly found the joy of childhood again.
How are you? How was summer? Did you manage a holiday despite the “new normal”?
All these photos are random snapshots from our sail. Quintessential Finland.