A Round Up: June 2020

Long time no see guys! 31 days, in fact. This is the first month this year that I haven’t written a single blog post other than my round up, and I really do feel guilty about it.

  • Projects
  • Content writing
  • Teaching
  • CPD (Professional Development)
  • Plant-mama-ing

I have been so busy I’ve barely had time to breathe!

June has been a month of hard lessons (yes, I really am still facing those), non-stop work and getting ready for our move. But these tough lessons have made me stronger, more aware of certain types of people and have made me stand up for myself even more. And that truly is one thing I’m glad about!

So, with my most hectic month ever… here’s how I’m getting on with my goals for 2020.

  • Be a better teacher

This is definitely happening, day by day. Yes, sometimes I have an off day where I know I haven’t delivered my best lesson. Those days make me want to cry, throw in the towel or remove my ‘teacher’ status. But I am also aware that we all have these days, regardless of our job roles.

Whenever I deliver a lesson I’m not happy with I make sure I plan even harder, even more meticulously for the next few lessons ahead.

I have taken on 2 new students, again, and this time they are studying towards the IELTS and CAE exams. Right from the get-go I said I wanted to be an ‘exams’ ESL teacher and I feel proud that right now, I absolutely am!

Both of my students have come from recommendations, and so far they have signed up for 2 months of lessons – three times a week. I never imagined this would happen in my first few months of teaching privately but I’m so positive about it.

I have been reading a lot of CPD books. Mostly by J. Scrivener (he’s an absolute genius), but some other English language gurus too. I have connected with even more ESL teachers online to share ideas and lesson plans, and I’ve really enjoyed watching some demo / CELTA lessons as well.

In July, I have 5 new CPD courses to join and I’m beyond excited! These sessions absolutely throw me out of my comfort zone but I always learn loads from them. I think it’ll be hard to balance all of my lessons and the training courses, but it’ll be worth it to improve my knowledge and skills!

  • Work consistently (and if possible, full time)

YES! This has continued more than ever before. I have been working 6-7 days a week, and up until the 14th of June I was working 11-15 hours a day. My body is still playing catch up from the lack of sleep, the endless tears and awful stress.

However, I managed it. I have managed 3 separate projects alongside my teaching and training in the last 6-8 weeks and I have thoroughly enjoyed being so busy.

For the first time in quite a few years I am writing content again. I absolutely love it and had somewhat forgotten how much I loved writing. It’s even better getting paid to do it, too!

I have spent hours planning lessons, trying to find ways to keep the online classes interesting with games, word puzzles and discussion questions that aren’t the generic, classroom questions that students groan at.

I am absolutely not the person I was last year, where working for 3 hours a day was barely achievable, and I can honestly say I am so proud of myself for being able to overcome everything the last 18 months has thrown at me because I never thought I’d be where I am now.

  • Health

Hmm… The stress of May and the beginning of June, along with our awful water system that is ruining my hair, skin and nails, I’d say my health isn’t as great as it could be.

I’m definitely eating less chocolate and I’m exercising daily, but… I could be doing more (she says, whilst only sitting down to relax at 10:43pm).

Sports wise, the only thing I’ve ever wanted is to have a flat stomach and to get to level 17 on the beep test. Have either of those ever happened? No, they haven’t. Will they ever? It’s unlikely.

  • Reading

Oh dear… I’ve read 3 pages of a book in June. That’s it.

  • Make new friends

June has been another great month for new friends. As I’ve been trying to sell plants, books and other things online I have met so many lovely, wonderful new people.

I have made one plant friend – we swapped plants and have decided to get coffee and go plant shopping when we feel that it’s safe to do so. Yay!

I should have FaceTimed a few people, but I have been waiting until after we move so I have a bit more to tell / show them. I hope they’ll understand.

I have, however, caught up with quite a few school friends this month and that really has been wonderful! Does anyone else feel as though they have connected more with people during the lockdown? Or less?

  • Be calmer

No. Absolutely not.

This month has been non-stop stress, upset and nervous-breakdown after breakdown.

The neighbours have been noisier and noisier each day. The couples are arguing more frequently and louder than ever. People sit right outside our pattio doors, shouting, running around, screaming.

It’s all been a nightmare and I just cannot wait to move out. It’s been a real negative all throughout lockdown, but even more so in the last 3-4 weeks.

  • Save some money

Yes! Well, the latest project has caused a huge bundle of money issues, which I won’t go into here. So, although I haven’t been able to save nearly as much as I’d planned, nor pay back my parents as much as I had hoped, I have still been able to save some money.

And even put a little bit extra aside for Canada 2021!

  • Enjoy being me

This is a really tough one this month.

I am immensely proud of myself.

For holding down three jobs during lockdown. For working consistently, continuously and as hard as I possibly can.

However, I haven’t enjoyed ‘life’ as much as I’ve wanted to. I couldn’t enjoy the sunnier days due to work, and then I had a few days in bed feeling very unwell.

June has been a really tough, negative, down-in-the-dumps month for me, but when I look back on it I have achieved so much, and loads of cool things have happened!

Overall, I’d say I’m proud of myself and I’m grateful for the family and fantastic friends that I have, but I’m glad July is nearly here!

So, what’s July got in store for me?

  • More teaching hours (yes, more than any other month so far)
  • Jonas and I are moving to a lovely new apartment
  • My family will finally be able to visit
  • More writing projects, I hope!
  • Learn to take some time off over the weekends!

Do you have any goals for July?

I’d love to hear about your goals so feel free to drop me a comment below or reach out to me on Twitter!

Fancy reading an older post?

Resources for learning Chinese

The reason I added this section was because of the university semester breaks, which left me without lessons for three weeks, and so I decided to see what else was available. This is how I found Richard’s Chinese Language…

April Chinese Study Plan

I really have forgotten so many grammar points and it’s completely embarrassing. For example, how do I use ‘了’ or ‘的’ correctly?

March 2021

Time has flown by and Spring is fully underway here in Wales. Little lambs are everywhere, the daffodils are popping up all over the place and, for this week at least, we’ve had some beautiful weather.

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