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.
After having my daughter in 2019, I suffered from post-partum depression. 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.
It wasn't until my 6th or 7th 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 against 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.
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