A Round Up: September 2020

Hey you! Thanks for stopping by! I’m pleased to say that this isn’t my first and only blog post for September (albeit a few days late!) and if you missed either of them, here they are:

The joys of freelancing

Creating boundaries in an online world

I still cannot believe how quickly this year is going by. It’s OCTOBER! It’s absolutely mad. I thought that the virus would have made the year drag on forever, but it just isn’t happening that way. I don’t know if that’s because I’ve been busier than ever, or because I’m stuck indoors for the most part… but hey! How does everyone else feel about it?

Bon Jovi, Runaway has been my favourite song this month!

So, let’s get serious for a moment. My goals over September have been a bit all over the place. I’ve not read, been healthy or felt too positive. But, is that not understandable for the situation we’re in? Let’s look into it all…

  • Be a better teacher

I’m still trying, I promise. I signed up for loads of courses but a new ‘day time’ role came up and I couldn’t turn it down. I’ve been trying to connect with colleagues and teachers on Twitter for new ideas, resources and explanations and I’ve also been trying to brush up on my grammar.

Two of my weaker skills are teaching higher-level grammar and pronunciation, in terms of all the finer details, so I have bought quite a lot of books recently. I know there are loads of materials online, but I’d much rather have a book in front of me.

I’m no longer teaching any beginners and all of my students are B2 and C1 level, which is quite cool! Two of my classes are brand new B2 level so although I’m using different books, I’m teaching the same sort of thing each week.

When I started writing this blog post, I was due to teach two B2/C1 level FCE classes of teenagers and to say I was worried was a huge understatement! It was a truly awful week for many reasons and has absolutely knocked my teaching confidence. However, the teens are no longer on the timetable so the worry has gone away (for now!).

  • Work consistently (and if possible, full time)

Oh my goodness… YES! I have barely stopped working this month. And whilst I cannot, and will not, complain, I really would have liked just two or three days off.

My own students are absolutely wonderful and I’ve not had a single bad, negative, weird or worrying lesson with them at all. They always do their homework, they always engage with the work and they are so dedicated. It’s brilliant. Back in March I was absolutely terrified of teaching 1-to-1 that I almost avoided it completely, and now I absolutely love it.

Working for myself has been tough, I won’t lie. But it’s been tough in different ways. For example, having to record every penny that comes in and goes out that relates to my job, having to accept lessons at 9 or 10pm some days and trawling through bookshops and websites for the right materials can take up a lot of time.

It’s just so weird to look back on this time last year where I was barely able to leave my bed, never mind get up and go to work each day. Every time I’ve had a bad day or I feel completely exhausted, I take a minute to reflect on how lucky I am and how much I would not change this life for anything right now. (Okay, fine, maybe this job whilst sipping cocktails in the Maldives. But a girl can dream, can’t she?)

  • Health

This is still not going well for me. I have turned into such a pig in the last few months and despite feeling so unattractive I can’t seem to curb my unhealthy eating habits. I hope something ‘clicks’ this month, because right now nothing fits and I don’t particularly enjoy looking in the mirror at the moment.

I have just become obsessed with eating snacks and drinking fizzy drinks and honestly, I don’t know why. I have so much time to cook and make nice food and drinks, but I’m just not.

I have turned into my sister with her favourite phrase: The diet starts on Monday!

  • Reading

Let’s just gloss over this part shall we?

  • Make new friends

YES! I have two more friends now, both via my plant instagram and they are just lovely. Not to mention hilarious! I have also met two people through work who I seem to have quite a lot in common with and we now have our own Whatsapp group (as we got told off for clogging up the online staff room with our chatter).

  • Reach 7,000 blog views

Sadly, I don’t think this is a goal I’m going to reach this year. But that’s okay. In all honesty, why would 7,000 people have read my blog this year? I’ve not talked about anything new or revolutionary, but I’m still hoping to blog about teaching, technology and working from home a bit more in the next few weeks!

  • Reach 3,000 Twitter followers

I’m almost there! And I’ve met even more amazing people in the last few weeks. I have discovered some very interesting people who work in EFL and they have definitely helped to inspire me.

It is also really nice to hear words of wisdom from people older, wiser and more experienced than myself!

  • Be calmer


  • Save some money

Yes! Woohoo. Once again I have managed to put some money away, but mostly pay off some more of my debt a la parents! Poor buggers. I bet they’ll be so glad when I no longer owe them any money.

  • Enjoy being me

Well, at the moment I’m not happy with the way I look or the way I’m eating. However, I am proud of myself for working so hard, going out with friends, seeing my parents and for (once again) standing up for myself when people think they can treat me like dirt.

I thank my lucky stars every day that Jonas stalked me on Instagram *cough* I mean, that our paths crossed. I couldn’t think of anyone more perfect to spend my life with and the past 8 months have only made our relationship stronger. We really do make an excellent team.

And finally, my dad spent a week over the border in England last week, before Wales went into local lockdown, so I was able to see both of my parents for the weekend. But, yesterday morning we had a group chat where we were discussing what was for lunch. When I said ‘rice’, my dad replied with ‘no it’s not.’.

The next messaged said ‘Brunch with me at 12.’.

My dad is the king of surprises and has played many awesome tricks on us over the years, but he hasn’t in a while. This was amazing. After my class finished I logged off and ran for the bus to spend the afternoon in the city with my dear old dad. We had such a great time and I really needed it!

So, what has October got in store for me?

  • More teaching hours, yipeee!
  • CHINESE LESSONS! I will be having my first lessons in over 4 years and I am so excited!! (I didn’t add this under my resolutions bullet point because I haven’t started them yet. Update coming in 3 weeks).
  • A healthier lifestyle!

Do you have any goals for October?

I’d love to know how your month has been and if you have any cool plans coming up. Feel free to message me over on Twitter or leave a comment here!

2 thoughts on “A Round Up: September 2020

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  1. Nice read, cheers. Good luck with the Chinese lessons.
    My goal for October is to see some live football. I’ve a Thai 3rd Division game to attend mid-month… living the dream!

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