I just wanted to wish everyone here a wonderful new school year filled with success and memorable teaching moments. You are all AMAZING and special because teaching art to children of all ages is one of the most satisfying jobs I can think of. Do you agree?
Some news for you…I won’t be teaching this year because I decided to take a much wanted sabbatical year off and return to Bolivia. I left home in 1999 and although I have been here for short holidays, I really wanted my son to experience having a grandfather and to learn about his own cultural heritage. As for dad, well he has no clue what it’s like to be a full time grandfather other than the short moments he gets during holidays. By the time he has finally made a connection with any of the kids, the holidays are over.
This major decision of mine to just stop and chill was tough and way out of character for me but I am so happy and grateful this opportunity came about and that I finally embraced it rather than put it off like I did for the last 11 years. At times I just panic and think to myself if this is right, what am I going to do for an income, bla bla bla and you know what? It is ALL GOOD- I truly believe and feel this!
Starting October though I will be on the hunt again looking for another international teaching adventure somewhere in the world because I know that’s where I like to be. This doesn’t mean you won’t see art projects and lessons here at Art Lessons for Kids. I am here for YOU this whole year! Please drop me a line anytime if you need any ideas, have any questions or just want to say hi. I sincerely mean this 🙂
New e-books will be in the works, maybe some online workshops and lots and lots of ideas for you to use in your classrooms. Did you know Art Lessons for Kids has a Facebook page and you can follow my adventures on Twitter (@Ms_Alejandra)? Click on over!
Here’s to your continued success today and every day. As I always say to my students..” There are no mistakes in art. Just treat them as opportunities to create something much more exciting and better than you ever dreamed of!”–applies to life, don’t you think?
Hasta el hecho de que compartas esta decision tan dificil es para mi mucho muy alentador. Que disfrutes mucho de tu estancia en tu pais!!
Gracias por ofrecer tu ayuda y ojala que pudieras compartir como hacen arte los niños en Bolivia. Buena suerte!!
Que te vaya bien, Alejandra. I benefit so much from your posts — muchisimas gracias — and good luck on your new adventure.
Gracias! Everyone needs a sabbatical once in their life–it helps refresh ideas and appreciate what you do. Thank you so much for your support. Buena suerte.
Good luck and enjoy!
Thanks Amy. The same to you and all the best for a super school year of fun!
I think you have done the right thing! We need a sabbatical but we also need to put together roots and leaves, we only can do it because we are in the middle. Have a great year full of wonders.
So true! Thanks 🙂
Wishing you the best of luck and much happiness in Bolivia. I have enjoyed reading your blog.
Thanks Sharon–Just a short one year break. I will still post lots of lessons for you to use so don’t go anywhere! 🙂