New Adventures Ahead.

You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give.~E. O. Wilson

Heading Back Out Into The Real World
Time To Head Out Into The World Again...

Time To Head Out Into The World Again…

As many of you regular readers know, I’ve been off work since my shoulder injury. This blog is the result of all my free time…

I intended to use the past year to figure out how to make a living via the internet, but that hasn’t happened, yet.

So, I now need to find a job to get me through while I continue to create my online empire!

I know a lot of you are in the same situation as me- work is not easy to find no matter what your qualifications…It’s tough out there.

In my last post I shared my thoughts about this and my inability to secure a job teaching.

The past week I’ve been figuring out what I need to do to start substitute teaching.ย  Some of you suggested this path to me (thanks!) and I had it in mind as a last resort kind of plan…

Sometime within the next couple days I’ll be going to get fingerprinted, sign up and attend an orientation for the company that provides substitute teachers to our local schools.

I already had my transcripts sent to them, obtained letters of recommendation and dealt with the pile of other things that must be handled before you can be in a classroom with children.

This isn’t what I envisioned for myself, but sometimes life takes you where you need to go, not where you think you want to go. Obviously, I have some lessons to learn that being a substitute will teach me.

The good thing is my schedule will remain flexible. It’s up to me if I want to work on a given day, and up to me to find an open position to fill. This will give me time to continue to develop my blog and other online interests.

I still believe I can be successful using just my skills, talents and hard work, but I guess I haven’t reached the tipping point yet.

First Things First

Having an income is the first priority for me now.Once that’s taken care of I can continue to plot out my future. I’ve enjoyed the freedom of being home and not having a schedule besides ones I devised for myself… It gets old quickly though.

I’m ready to head out into the world again, but on my own terms. I think substituting will provide me with all I need at this point in my life- income, free time and a flexible schedule to work on my creative pursuits.

I can’t wait to get back to writing some new posts for this blog. I still have lots to explore and share. Too much of my time has been spent worrying over making money recently, but hopefully that will change soon.

I just hope my friendship with Doug isn’t exposed during the screening for being a substitute teacher… He’s a notoriously bad monkey after all…







  1. Good luck with your new working life. If this blog is anything to go by, you’ll make a great teacher!

    1. Thanks Jessica!

  2. If I you may ask, what subject would you like to teach, and I can’t imagine why someone with your abilities hasn’t been snatched up yet… I enjoy your blog, I think you and Doug are a super positive duo with a lot to offer the world! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’m eligible to teach Social Studies (history, sociology, psychology, philosophy etc) grades 6 through 12 and Art K-12.

      I don’t have experience in the classroom so no one has given me a chance yet.

      I think substituting may provide the needed experience that will make some one give me a chance in the future… Oh, I’d prefer to teach art!

  3. If I may ask, what subject would you like to teach, and I can’t imagine why someone with your abilities hasn’t been snatched up yet… I enjoy your blog, I think you and Doug are a super positive duo with a lot to offer the world! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. You should totally teach art!!! We need more creative little minds exploring our world! ๐Ÿ˜‰ wishing you peace and prosperity dear John. Looking forward to learning along with you and Doug!

    Peace ~ Allison

  5. Wishing you continuous blessings. Your blog has blessed so many of us so whatever you do please stay true to yourself! And I echo the above commentator: You would make a great Art Teacher! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I’m excited for you and the flexibility this stepping stone will provide. Looking forward to being with you on this next part of your journey!

  7. nicciattfield · · Reply

    Good luck, John. I hope that you are going to enjoy your time as a teacher. I am so sure the kids would love Doug too.

  8. Good luck John, I’m sure you are a great teacher ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. In Wayne Dyer’s book “10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace” he lists ‘Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing’ has his first secret. I think being open to substitute teaching may just bring you happiness you did not expect. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I wish you all the best. You will be a great teacher and will be an asset in our school system. Your creativity and wisdom will be refreshing and inspiring to those young minds.

  11. Hmm… John, have you considered also teaching night school for adults? You could do a course on how to blog, maybe.

  12. Doug’s got you fooled? We all know he’s really a sweet monkey with a teddy bear heart ๐Ÿ™‚
    Wish you well and blessings to abound!

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