Hello from the other side…

🎢 Hello, it’s me… I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet. 🎢

A bit dramatic, eh? πŸ™‚

Hello, friends! I’m alive. And well.

I’ve missed my buds here. I hope you all have been wonderful. I have given you guys much thought during my absence. I just have been avoiding blogging much in the same way I’ve been avoiding any additional responsibility in my life.

Let me apologize in advance. This will be a longish post. I’ll try to be considerate of your time… πŸ˜‰

I am officially a 2nd grade teacher! And, boy, was that an overwhelming change in my life! There wasn’t much training so it was more trial by fire than anything. But I’ve been rocking it. I love it. I love the students and where I’m at. I am by no means the perfect teacher but it’s an incredibly refreshing change from property management. It’s a job that allows me to be a parent and have a life. It’s been a challenge, of course, adapting  to such a busy schedule after having been a part-time worker bee the last 3 years. But it’s nice to feel like my mind is being exercised and I’m earning a real paycheck. (I’m much poorer than ever, though! Man, teachers get paid squat! Lol!)

My kids are great. They’ve handled the transition well. They complain I’m not around as much but everyone in the family steps in when I can’t. 

Halloween 2016 Power Ranger style!

 Grayheart and I have had some serious heart to heart conversations… he’s apologized and cleared up some things from the past. He and Raggedy Ann have been on and off plenty and are currently off. He did try to make his way back “home” but I rejected those attempts. He is my past and will never be my future. Clearing the air has helped, however, and we get along better. He still annoys me, of course, but it’s less tense. Win for everyone.

I’m not divorced yet but we are filing very soon. Paperwork is done, agreements are in place, and I’m insured with my full time job so that’s no longer a worry. =)

As for my love life… Captain is still the most incredible boyfriend ever and never ceases to amaze me with his love. We’re about 3 months shy of hitting 2 years together and it just continues to get better with him. I don’t want to jinx the relationship, but I do think he’s my happily-ever-after. ❀️

As for my personal hobbies… I’ve not been running as much but I have been exercising regularly. I’ve had great out of town trips since I last checked in here. Disney trips with the kids and friends, New Orleans and Virgin Islands with Captain, and a trip to Cuba and Barcelona scheduled for this winter. (Yes, I will get to see where my family is from and am thrilled at the thought!) I’ve also been reading a book a month, I’m proud to report! 

Now, it’s not always sunshine and rainbows. I’m giving the Cliffs Notes version of my life the last several months. I had quite a cry last night and can get overwhelmed with life and parental responsibilities. But I’m wise enough to know how much I have to be grateful for.

I hope you guys had a beautiful Thanksgiving. I look forward to catching up and hearing how you each are! I’m trying my best to catch up on your posts…

Besos y abrazos!  πŸ˜˜ πŸ€—

Athena ❀️

58 thoughts on “Hello from the other side…

  1. I’m happy that you’re happy, Athena. Looks like your life has been busy and rewarding, and that’s the best reason not to blog. I hope that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and hope that you have a wonderful holiday season.


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      • Haha! Yeah, livin’ the dream. πŸ˜ƒ
        Really happy to hear that things are going well for you too. And that some closure seems to be coming from your ex. Amazing what a simple, yet sincere, apology can do. Great to hear from you as well, and don’t be a stranger.
        Stay cool! πŸ˜ƒ

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  2. I was totally thinking about you yesterday and checked your blog but saw no updates. So glad you let us know what you are up to! Sounds like things are going well, you totally deserve it! xoxo – Doves

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  3. mickey2travel says:

    Great to “see” you back! I’ve always said the Teaching is one of the most noble of all professions. You’re making a difference in the lives of your students (even though some times it does not seem that way) but I’m sure they will always remember you. Over 45 years removed, and I can still remember the impact my second grade teacher make on me! Glad to hear that you’re happy and doing wonderful!

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  4. Congratulations on your new job! I love teaching but usually feel like quitting about twice a year. I only work with teenagers – I admire anyone who has the temperament and energy to keep up with primary and elementary.

    Glad to see you’ve decided to write more. It can be a big commitment to keep up with the community.

    I hope all is well with you!

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    • Hi! Totally thought of you when I shared it was a teacher. I suspect I will eventually get to the point of considering quitting frequently but I’m so happy to have a change of pace. I absolutely loathed what I was doing before and felt no sort of “return” on what I was doing. Just better pay. So now I’m enjoying the schedule and flexibility. πŸ™‚
      You couldn’t have said it any better… the commitment to keep up with the community can be overwhelming. It’s such a wonderful group of people and I would feel so guilty not being able to keep up with those that wrote frequently, etc. I started feeling like it was a job. So I stepped away to really focus on the changes in my life. πŸ™‚
      I hope you are doing well! Xo

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  5. Amanda Ricks says:

    Great to see and hear you back and doing so well.
    If you don’t recognize this bio photo this is Amanda from surprisinglves.net. lol I’m just using this id temporarily because I moved all of my blogs to a self-hosted account. It makes it a bit harder to get onto wp.com so I’m really glad I caught your post!

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  6. Yay!! So happy to catch up on you! I’m back to blogging too and I’ve missed you! So glad you and the kids are well. That’s great that you’re a teacher now! And Captain…. he sounds as wonderful as ever πŸ™‚ ❀️❀️❀️

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    • Hi!! I’m so happy to hear from you! Thank you for the sweet words. I have thought of you quite a bit! Congrats on NY. I’m sorry it’s been a bit tough getting through the emotional mess but I’m truly happy that the cat is out of the bag for you. I hope this leads to proper healing and a new start for you guys. Xo

      And my condolences on your MIL. πŸ’”


  7. totallycaroline says:

    OMG welcome back girly!!!! I’m so happy to see u back. Congrats on becoming a second grade teacher, that’s awesome!!! Things seem like they are falling into place nicely. So happy for you. ❀️❀️❀️

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  8. totallycaroline says:

    P.s. u r Cuban? So is Birdy. Went to little Havana the day FC died. OMG was crazy, but fun 😜(felt like I was in an episode of National Geographic LOL).

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    • Hi!!! How are you? Lovely to hear from you! I hope you are well!
      Thank you for the kind words. Living the dream is a stretch but I am super grateful for more positive than negative! Glass half full philosophy… πŸ™‚ xo


  9. Welcome back! I’m so glad things have gotten better with our ex and that things are still going so well with Captain and that your children are doing well! It’s great that despite all the bumps that show up now and then that life is still so good!

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    • Thank you, Kaye! I feel like I’m finally above ground. Setbacks come but we’ve navigated through our difficulties as best as possible. Biggest thing for me has been making sure the kids are ok. And they’ve done well. I give thanks to the big man above for that.
      I hope you are well. I know there are ups and downs on your end but it sounds like more ups than downs. Bravo to you 😘


  10. Yay! Welcome back Athena! You’ve been missed. I’m playing catch-up on my posts so bear with me. I’m happy to hear you’re working, you dismissed Grayheart’s attempts to reconcile and I’m happy that you and Captain are good. What a blessing and a way to end 2016.

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  11. DWM! How lovely to hear from you… I miss you lots.

    Parallel lives. I too am teaching full-time. Grade 1 for me. But I can soooooo empathise with how tough it is. Exhausting.

    Glad you are well and happy.

    Sending you and yours lots of love and best wishes. Hope you have a fab festive season xxx

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    • Hi! I’m sorry I’m just seeing this! We are so funny with our parallel lives! I’m glad things are going well for you. I know it’s bittersweet, being loved but yet suffering so much loss with your family… I truly wish you a wonderful 2017. Be safe and enjoy! Xoxoxo


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