Hi! I'm Caitlin and I'm so glad you're here! I'm from Columbia, South Carolina and I currently reside in North Carolina as a wife, mom and now, former teacher. I am wife to Shaquill, mommy to Mila and dog mommy to an eight-year-old Shorkie, Champ.
Like many teachers, I jumped right in to the work of teaching head first. I thought being a good teacher meant putting myself last, taking "do it for the kids" to the extreme which resulted in me losing my identity in teaching. I changed myself to fit into the teacher mold that society expected me to be.
It wasn't until my 5th year of teaching that I decided to get serious about my self-care by creating routines, establishing boundaries, saying 'no,' and gradually shifting my mindset with intentional mindfulness practices. I knew that I had to resist the system that profits on my free labor by streamlining processes, simplifying my tasks, and prioritizing my own health. For me, true self-care (ya know, the ugly stuff like therapy and facing your past) was the only way for me to find my authentic self so I could show up every day for my loved ones, my students, and myself.
After having my daughter in 2019, I suffered from post-partum depression. I was back in a rut with the added stress from teaching, I struggled with finding the balance between being a wife, mom, and teacher. I found that I could not be fully present in the three roles with the same level of intensity and dedication. It was not fair to my family, students, and most of all, myself. After learning more about the radical power of authentic, intentional self-care, I was able to shift my mindset which enabled me to serve in the classroom for an entire decade!
Now, I curate self-care subscription boxes for teachers like you do the same. Join a community of supportive educators from around the world in a safe space where your feelings are validated, humanity is centered, and mental health is prioritized. How To Get Away With Teaching, LLC is a company dedicated to providing mental health and wellness support for teachers by offering a monthly self-care subscription box, wellness workshops, and national speaking engagements. Through collective empowerment and group mental health support, we hope to disrupt society's expectations of who teachers are and the role they play in our society by prioritizing what is most important: their humanity. Can't wait to meet you!