My current (or should I say previous?) role was moving into an unexpected direction and not one I was interested in pursuing, so at the end of October I handed in my notice. I was extremely surprised when my company decided to pay out rather than let me serve out my notice period. While it gave me lots of time to plan my next professional steps, I was unable to complete remaining hours with schools or even just say my farewells. Should any of my readers be from these schools, please accept my apologies for my sudden departure, and I wish you all the best for the future!
While we have thoroughly enjoyed many aspects of our life in Australia, the BeLbird family decided to return home to New Zealand, and we have been back in Northland just over 3 weeks now. Everything seems to be falling into place, and for the last 5 days we have been unwrapping and unpacking our household stuff which was delivered several weeks earlier than we had expected. Life is treating us well, we're catching up with family and friends and enjoying what Northland summers have to offer. I'm slowly rejoining the online world, though with a slightly changed focus as I will be back in the classroom next year.
May the New Year bring lots of happiness and positive changes to you!