Five Summer Jobs For Teachers That Still Offer Freedom

Teachers are some of the hardest-working — and often, least-appreciated — people in the world, and when summertime rolls around, most kids are given several weeks off to take a vacation and sleep in every day… but what do their teachers get? Unless you have been in education for several years and have a nice cushion to fall back on during breaks, it can be difficult to make it through the summer without picking up at least a part-time job.

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Unfortunately, that’s not much of a break, and planning a vacation can be nearly impossible, especially if you’re just starting out as an educator. However, there are several jobs out there that are great for teachers and still offer some freedom, so that summer months don’t feel quite so restrictive. Here are five of the best.


Protect your community members as a lifeguard

If you live near a pool — or if you’re lucky enough to reside close to the beach — there may be lifeguard jobs available throughout the summer. You can look online for local classes offering lifesaving certification, then invest in some sunblock and enjoy the fresh air. While being responsible for several swimmers isn’t exactly stress-free, it is a great way to earn money while maintaining a flexible schedule (and getting in a swim now and then).

Become a dog-walker via

Becoming a caregiver of an animal — either as a pet sitter or dog walker — can be highly rewarding as well as flexible, and sites like offer a place to connect with pet owners, arrange face-to-face meet-ups, and work out payment details.


There could be dozens of people in your area who need a responsible person to come to their home while they’re at work and let out their dog, or simply give the pet some affection during the long afternoon hours.


Provide needed help as a tutor/instructor

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With your experience in teaching, landing a tutoring gig over the summer should be easy and can be done on your schedule. You might even be able to do it from the comfort of your own home, or at a nearby library. You can also check with children’s museums and local pottery, painting, or art classes to see if they’re hiring instructors or artists.


Use your writing skills



Writing can be a very fulfilling way to earn extra cash during school breaks, especially if you can find an outlet that will allow you to write about what you know. Having knowledge about education and children can give you a leg up on the competition, and many blogs, online magazines, and publications such as Chicken Soup For The Soul are always on the lookout for well-written essays and articles. Freelancing offers the ability to work from home, and you can almost always set your own schedule to a certain degree.

Look for childcare opportunities

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Having experience with children can lead to well-paying summer jobs, whether you want to work part-time at a daycare center or full-time for a parent who needs a caregiver for their child while they go to work. The latter will almost always offer more freedom, especially if you can babysit an older child who doesn’t need constant supervision. Many moms and dads will pay well to keep from having to take their child to an expensive summer camp or daycare during school breaks, and some may give you permission to take the child to the pool or other fun places during the day.


Finding summer work may seem like a not-so-fun task at first, but if you’re able to find something that gives you flexibility so that you can enjoy your time off, it can be a fun experience. Check local want-ads for childcare needs or, if you have a good relationship with a couple of the parents in your classroom, let them know that you’re available.


About the writer

Joyce Wilson loved being a teacher, and though she has recently retired, she hasn’t lost that passion. She continues to educate (and help educators) by mentoring teachers in her area. She is also the co-creator of, a resource for teachers to gather fun, engaging lesson ideas and activities.

The Unplanned Holiday

I wanted to post about our recent trip but i just keep forgetting about it, the smell of the peppermint oil i used while traveling anchored and reminded me of that day.

It was the mid year school holiday, kids were at their cousin for few days and after that I took two days off to stay at home with them, not doing anything, just like a normal weekend and my typical work when i am at home, the housework just never ends.

It was friday and school day just around the corner, my husband decided we travel to Labuan that Saturday, just for fun and at the same time visiting my sister who was just had her operation.  The first thing i did was to prepare my kids stuff for school and get them to prepare their books.

The Journey Begins

So on Saturday (11 June 2016), at 8.00 am, after taking our breakfast at the ‘mamak’ restaurant, we drive to Menumbok.  Arrived around 10.00am, parked our car at one of the houses that provided a daily/weekly car park for public.


If you taking your vehicle with you, of course you need to use the ferry but if you tend to leave your vehicle behind.. you can either choose to go by speed boat, which is so fast or ferry (different time, different type of ferry).

Since we were not taking our car, we decided to take the adventurous ride… the ‘speed boat‘.  I was worried at first, but when i see there were parents and  kids were at the counter, we thought.. why not.

The Speed Boat

While we were going into the speed boat, i wanted to take my handphone and take a snap but my husband was looking at me like he want to ‘eat’ me..hahaha.  But luckily i saw his ‘look’ or else i might either drop my handphone down or i fall, because i didn’t get my body balance right when i was to enter the boat.  So there is no picture of the speed boat.. neither from outside or inside.

To get you visual how it looks.. i got this picture from google just to give you the rough idea on how the speed boat look like.

Picture courtesy from google picture

Picture courtesy from google picture

I was sitting almost near to the driver, inside the boat are old and rusty.  It was smooth sailing but there were times i feel thrown from the seat.. well there is no seat belt, so i was holding the seat so tight. I don’t know where to look, the sea, the people sitting in front of me or the driver.  “Mummy saya mau muntah” (i want to vomit) says one kid to his mum.  “jangan kama, saya tiada bawa plastik ni” (warned her child that she did not bring any plastic bag if they want to throw up.)  Damn! and i picture the scenario in my head.. no!!

The Essential Young Living Oil

Yes, i prepared for this so i bring with me 3 types of essential living oil.  Peppermint, Melalueca and  Lavendar.   The Peppermint smell makes me wide awake and fresh the whole journey.

It took only 25 minute for us to reach Labuan.. phew..glad we landed.   My son look pale.. hehe but my daughter find the ride interesting . .  . . eeer seriously?


The Walking GPS

Again no picture were taken.  As we arrived, without asking my nephew to pick us up, my husband and my daughter just walk in front of us searching for the hotel we already booked using GPS app in the handphone.  After few kilometers walk under the sun., i called the hotel for their location, well lucky we just need to cross the road and once we reached the destination, we were sweating wet as if we were walking under the rain.

Chocolate, Liquor and Lots of Chocolate

We visited my sister, hand around for a while and after that is just shop shop shop.  Labuan is popular for shopping destination for alcohol beverages and chocolates.

Heading Home

We had an enjoyable fun stay in Labuan, the next day we head home in the afternoon using the ferry.  It feels like years, because the only available ferry was the longest in service and the oldest of all ferry.  It was like 3 long hours, warm but just a time to relax and enjoy the ride.

Why No Picture?


I feel bad that not much picture in this post but i feel happy that i did not ‘snap’ every single thing we do.   We feel the moment of the togetherness and experience the true quality time.

The picture we created in our children’s memory are more memorable than the picture we took.  They kept the beautiful memory in their mind and keep it as their ‘precious moment list’.

Its fun traveling with family and its more interesting when its unplanned holiday.  Unplanned holiday gets the kids more excited for the journey.  Life is fun when we break our routines and makes some surprises.

Till another surprise!

Videos You Must Watch To Have Youthful Skin

Looking at myself in the mirror,  a lady at her early 40s, with few grey hair..  hiding in between the dye burgundy hair.  Fine yet visible line and wrinkles here and there, uneven and unhealthy skin.  How


I get tempted when i receive any beauty treatment brochure and card or new new skin care product and supplement that proven to make you look younger than your age.  For sure the good product comes with good price but somehow not all the product suits your skin.  There was one time, i tried a product after a good review from friends but when i put it on my face it feels so tight, well i thought its the effect but it got worsen with itchy red dots on my face.  Its just doesn’t suits me, so i stop.  Now i am happy with just simple skincare i bought from Watson.

Now that i am at my 40s, i want to learn more on how to age beautifully.  Allowing myself to grow ..not old but wise.   I have been trying to know if there anyway of having youthful skin the cheapest way.   And its true that to have radiant and beauty skin are not by using skincare alone but from deep within and some technique.  Trying to answer my own question, i did some research and today I am sharing with you how we can do it.


There are some technique that helps us get that radiant, healthy skin without any injection or knife under the skin…just by using the touch of your fingers and the right methods both using massage and workout.


Here are few videos collection i found on website for you to try.  I didn’t know there are different types of massage but i have here..

  1. Tanaka Face Self Massage
  2. Face Gym
  3. Yoga







What great about this method is that its free, you can do it anywhere and anytime.  Ask someone to massage for you or just Do It Yourself!  You can even do face exercise while driving, as long as you can focus on your driving and don’t mind people call you crazy.

Have fun trying and please don’t forget to SMILE!



How To Shift Your Emotions

I  was looking through website to get information and updates on new music instrument, while listening to music, it was ‘Happy’ by Pharrel Williams.  The music bring me back to the cinema, imagining the big screen, smelling and eating popcorn, i hear laughter and sees my family with me, really makes my day.  Wow! music is really powerful, it anchor our emotions and feelings…it bring us back to the important memories that we keep in our mind.

Let me remind or refresh you how happy Gru was in Depicable Me 2 when he falls in love and was on ‘cloud nine’.  He was indeed so happy, excited and so deeply in love.

But can we really be happy instantly by listening to music or songs?  There are possibility but there are few steps you need to take before you can be happy.

Depending on what mood you are in right now.  As human, we tend to listen to music or songs that are related to our emotions, for example, you are having a relationship problems and you are in a confusion state of mind, i bet listening to ‘happy’ makes you more sad and angry.



Don’t tell to my face.. ‘relax’ or ‘don’t get angry’ when i am angry.  Leave me alone, let me digest this feeling.. why am i angry and what trigger this emotions.   Being angry is not a sin, its part of our feelings but its important to learn to control your anger.  Don’t forget to breath deeply and do not log in into any social media as you will tend to express your anger in public.





Be like this smart and intelligent young lady, Taylor Swift.  Write down your feelings, for her not only she feels better but she makes money out of it.  She produce great song from bad experiences..well, most artist does.


I don’t keep grudge that’s why if someone really pissed me off .. i get to the person ask what happened until i satisfied with the reason then i slowly … slowly .. forgive but will not forget, because a lesson should not be forgotten.  Once you feel calm and relax, you can ask or share your feelings with the person or someone else who can help you go through the situation.

Please make sure you sharing to the right person and communicate face to face or by calling.  Avoid using text, this will create miscommunication.  Sharing to the wrong or busybody friends will get you into trouble, you don’t want any story or text become a viral sensation…do you?


You can choose to stay angry or shift to different mood.  You can tell the world how sad your life is, how pathetic or sucks your life is or change!

Be emotional intelligent, you know what you capable of, how strong you are and how great you are.






Don’t compare yourself with other people.  Be yourself and be happy!  Yes doubt we all have haters but there are people who loves and admire us.  Forget haters, they hates you because they actually wanted to be like you and that’s for sure.


When you feel sad, don’t listen to much of romantic sad songs or heavy metal that lead you head banging.  There is nothing wrong with what music you want to listen as long as it helps heals your pain and calm your mind.. go for it!  I still recommend #pharrelwilliams #happy song.


There is another song that really can makes your ego grow a little wild and gives your confident a boost if you are a woman.  I assure you, when you listen to this song, you will feel like walking in front of the jerks and just walk.. Thank you Tom Jones for this awesome sexy song.

I hope you enjoy reading my simple tips and personal opinion.  Have a great weekend!


Shirley a.k.a beautiza

The Big Mouth Munchy

What happened if you cant stop talking .. and you go on and on…even when you were sleepy ? It can be weird and scary at the same time.

I have posted part 1 and part two of the story sketch by my daughter, Chrissa in twitter and in fb page.  Adapted from the cartoon Oggy and the Cockroaches.

This is how to story goes…

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-The End –

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