Smashing Goals Team Mills Style

Numerous times I have made blog posts about how stressed I feel with my teacher training, about life and how stuck I feel. However, I never posted them because in the back of my mind I knew it was all temporary and I thought I’d hang fire for this blog post (which I thought would never come). I kind of can’t believe I’m writing this!

On Wednesday 10th May I completed my teacher training course AND gained my first teaching job for September! I must admit, it has only just hit me that this is happening! The whole day was quite a shock. I will be teaching social sciences (mainly psychology) in the sixth form of a school, and the place seems like a perfect fit for me.
Then, on Friday 12th May, I turned 24!

This has been massive for me, for a while now I felt stuck in my current situation, a zero hour contract and training to be a teacher. Essays, observations, never ending work and then no work. It’s been a roller coaster. I felt stuck in terms of me and Scott buying our first house and saving for our wedding, I needed a proper contract and to finish my course. I also felt stressed financially working on a zero hour contract.

I feel so happy and relaxed now. I feel like everything has fallen into line and we can actually begin to make plans for our future rather than just talking about it. I actually know everything will turn out fine, and I don’t need to worry anymore. It’s crazy how a bit of instability can impact your plans for the future.

This weekend I celebrated by having a shopping trip with mum, followed by an Indian meal with mum and Scott. Then on the Saturday me and Scott went shopping and I bought an academic diary to put my new term dates in (sad) and had a Nandos. Saturday night we had our annual Eurovision night with Amy and today (Sunday) we had a trip out to York with my mum and dad. I haven’t had crazy celebrations or gone wild (as you can tell) but relaxing without worry and spending time with people has been exactly what I’ve been lacking. I got a new camera for my birthday so I’ve been snapping away on that, mainly of our cats! I can’t wait to go to Sorrento with it and begin filming videos!

Here are a few photos:

Tommy drooling!
Sooty’s Grumpy Cat impersonation
Scott literally sleeps when ever he sits in a car on a journey

So here’s to the rest of the year! I couldn’t have done this without such amazing support by my side (Scott, friends and family). Our wedding planning can officially commence!


The roller coaster is about to set off..

I feel right now that I’m on a rollercoaster and I’m about to speed off and soon it’ll all be over and I’ll be like ‘what happened?’

It just dawned on me that in 9 days time I will be starting to teach the final module of my teacher training. It’s 5 weeks long and I have to have 3 observations. This all seems fine..apart from the fact I haven’t been given the unit yet so I have no idea what exactly I’m covering. I have no lesson plans done, no resources and no observations booked or planned for. Along with that I have 2 very lengthy assignments, a paper to write and present at a conference and my usual work besides.

It’s all going to go so quick and because all of this has just dawned on me I feel like tomorrow is the start of it all.


I’m so excited to be finishing my teacher training and to be moving on to new things. Along with a new job for me comes the next step in our lives (buying a house and getting married). I’m so lucky that Scott has supported me through my teacher training. I know what ever I do he will always support me and cheer me on, although I know I must be doing his head in with my ‘teacher to be’ meltdowns at times.

I never expected teaching to be so demanding and time consuming. I’m hoping it will get easier for me though the longer I’m qualified. I know whatever happens I will be fine though, because like I said, Scott always cheers me on and gives me pep talks when I need them. I’m extremely lucky. I feel this will be the last moment of calm until May, or at least mid April. It will go insanely quick. So glad that I pre-blogged and scheduled some posts in for this blog!

Farewell spare time! Hello qualified teacher?