Each time the end of the school term appears on the horizon, I remind myself that as much as it would be wonderful for it to be a relaxed, simple, slowing down of activity it is more often the exact opposite! School has been a flurry of marking, report writing, exam preparing and more marking - as it usually is this time of year. There is preparation for the French trip (some of which will be taking place in next term's holidays) and planning and preparing for term three's units of work. However, I'm really noticing a huge difference being part-time this year. There is still always so much to do (as is to be expected in this job) but I don't feel it constantly getting on top of me as I have felt in previous years (not constantly, sometimes, yes but not nearly as often.) I feel like I have a little bit of breathing space and that is making all the difference.
Outside of school, I've had some great experiences and opportunities photographically-speaking. I really enjoyed doing a social media shoot for ATR Accountants in Wynyard and was lucky enough to be asked along to photograph the filming of an episode of Ben's Menu at Burnie High School and Produce to the People. I've got some of those shots to share in a post soon - it was a terrific day and reminded me of exactly why I do what I do in both teaching and photography. On the very same day I was chosen as a brand rep for Violet + Rose. I'm incredibly excited to be part of it and was chuffed to bits to be asked to join in. I'm feeling incredibly grateful and blessed for these opportunities, they have come along after a lot of hard work and a little bit of good luck as well.
I'm hoping this post doesn't come across too much as #humblebragging - it possibly does, because frankly, I am doing that a little bit. But gosh it's nice to look back after a period of big adjustment and be glad for the sacrifices and hard work. It's a nice feeling and it's been a long time coming! (For an impatient person like me, that is.)
Finally, I just wanted to share a couple of posts I read recently that I found really inspiring and useful. The first is this one from Psychology for Photographers (which is the best blog I've read about photography ever.) This is a great post from Echelon Marketing and Jasmine Star's blog has some brilliant advice for photographers - I read this article during the week and liked a lot of what she had to say.
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