My name is Annie Smith and I’m a high school English teacher whose main passions are reading (naturally), boating, and horseback riding. When I have free time, those are the ways I’m most likely spending it. Once in a while I might try something new, like knitting or making my own beauty products.
I’m a total perfectionist and highly ambitious, which is both a blessing and a curse. When I first started teaching in 2015, I became a workaholic. On reflection, there were three causes. First, I was (and still am!) passionate about my job, leading me to spend a lot of time at work. Second, I was trying to secure a full-time position by making myself uber useful to my school. Third, I was a naive teacher who wanted everything to go absolutely right… all the freakin’ time.
It took me another two years to realize that I was not only working myself too hard, but that I was also working harder than many of my colleagues. Since then, I’ve been striving for a healthy work-life balance. I refocused dum doceo in order to chronicle my journey in finding and maintaining that balance and to help others accomplish the same. The more I explore work-life balance, the more I am fascinated by the values and lifestyle choices it entails.
Follow my reading on Goodreads. I’m usually juggling two or three books. There’s almost always a book on my shelf that I’ve cracked open but haven’t touched in years. If you’ve read it, tell me why I should keep going with it!