Actually, I'm beginning 2018 in a space of profound gratitude. Y'all know that the first half of 2017 was pretty rough for me, and while I wouldn't want to go through all that again, I am glad for what came of it. I'm in a much better place now and am happy that things have improved.
Of course, when you work in the world of education, it's really not that different from other industries. No, seriously! I love my job and all, but I'm sure all of us deal with the same hassles at the office or workplace: idiotic co-workers, unreasonable clients (students or parents) and nonsensical company policies.
Because of that, I decided it's probably time to make some resolutions that will apply to any and all of us, no matter where we work or how much we can't stand Chad, our coworker.
In 2018, I resolve to:
Not roll my eyes when we have to do "team-building exercises" at training meetings, but I will mention a previously undisclosed disability that keeps me from playing the assigned games.
Tell "Chad" I'll be happy to help him with his lesson, just as soon as he tells me what the lesson objectives are, based on our state standards.
Follow up with my manager who asked me to help "Chad" by cc'ing her on the email chain in which I asked for the objectives.
Refrain from laughing at Chad when he demands I help him and I point out that he never answered my questions about the objectives, so until I get them, he's on his own.
Put a small fridge in my room so that I no longer have to use the disgusting office fridge.
Politely ask my supervisor to cover my duties or exempt me from my deadlines in order for me to comply with her directive to teach "Chad" what lesson objectives are since this will take awhile.
Refrain from laughing again as the color drains from her face and she says "Never mind."
Refrain from high-fiving my work BFF when we learn that "Chad" is taking a "leave of absence."
Use my free time more wisely, by planning instruction in advance, rather than looking at clickbait websites.
Remember to pack and take my lunch to work, rather than using the receptionist's candy jar as a substitute lunch.
Try to drink more water, and then try to work in more trips to the bathroom as a result, which should also help me reach my goal of 10,000 steps a day.
Here's to a healthier, happier, Chad-free (hopefully) new year!