“When one door closes, another one opens.”
I’m at a time in my life where I’ve chosen to make a big change, and I feel like this message is oh so appropriate and encouraging. One large part of my life, a part of my identity, is coming to a close, and another is just beginning.
For the past three years, I have taught kindergarten at a charter school in Toledo, Ohio. I have had the opportunity to teach the sweetest children, and to grow extremely close with the people I worked alongside. I couldn’t have asked for a better school to work at, a more positive atmosphere, or a more supportive group of colleagues.
Which is why it probably seems strange that I’ve chosen not to go back next year.
I’m no longer teaching, but not because I dislike teaching. Sure, teaching is a hell of a lot more difficult than anybody who’s not a teacher could ever understand. But I was fortunate enough to have found a school I truly loved and was dedicated to for every minute I taught there. So, why am I choosing to walk away from teaching?
It’s simple, really. My heart, my passion, is spreading the message of veganism however and wherever I can. I discovered the world of veganism during grad school for teaching back in 2015, and at the time had no idea it would grow to become so important to me.
Does it feel a little crazy to no longer be in a career for which I earned a master’s degree? Of course. Will I miss my coworkers and the sweet little faces of my students? Absolutely. Telling my boss and the other kindergarten teacher, both who are now very close friends, that I wouldn’t be returning were some of the hardest conversations I’ve had (though they were both amazingly supportive, because they’re amazing people). I’m not leaving teaching because I didn’t like it. I’m leaving it because I need to be doing something else. For my own happiness, for the animals, for all people, and our planet.
I feel SO blessed. So many people never discover their passion or purpose in life, and I’ve discovered mine at an extremely young age. I’m fortunate that I’m at a time in my life where I’m relatively independent, no children to feed or debt to pay off. My husband couldn’t be more supportive of my happiness, and has been behind me every step of the way during the process of making this decision, giving me courage to do what I knew was right in my heart all along.
So yes, I’m no longer going to be a teacher. I’m making a big change. Usually, big changes bring fear or anxiety. Yes, change can be scary, but you know what? Not doing what you want to do with your life is WAY worse than any temporary fears or worries about the unknown of making a big change. When I see people working jobs they hate, day in and day out, it honestly sickens me. I didn’t hate teaching that way, but I have extremely high standards for my happiness, and I need to be doing something that gets me literally excited to get out of bed every morning. That’s what working on my blog and spreading the word about going vegan does for me. I genuinely believe we all deserve our ideal, dream life. I couldn’t spend any more time NOT doing what I absolutely love and believe I’m meant to do.
So yes, change can be scary, but I’ve never felt more excited or confident in my life. I know this is what I’m meant to do with my time here on our beautiful planet. I can’t wait to spend all of my working time creating content to attract, encourage, and support others in adopting a vegan lifestyle. Get ready for some new, exciting things around here (including a youtube channel, first video coming next week!).
Today when my students leave on the last day of school, I’ll close the door on teaching, but hold on to some amazing memories forever. Then, I’ll happily open the new door that I can’t wait to start exploring.
So, here’s to spreading the message of compassion, as far and wide as I possibly can.
While enjoying a banana or too along the way, of course.
PS if you’re still reading, thanks for joining me on this exciting ride!