Being well pulled together has been a double-edged sword for me. A couple years ago, right before I started teaching, I bought a whole new wardrobe to look the part- wool skirts, crisp white shirts, and a whole host of other little accessories & what-not. Because I was so well put together, most people thought that I wasn’t struggling as a teacher. They were just looking on the outside and how I “seemed” to have it all together. Well, that wasn’t the truth. I was struggling so badly. A word of caution I would give anyone is to look at the inside, not the outside. Really look at them. Don’t look at how wee pulled together they are. They just may be crying on the inside and struggling to stay afloat. Like I was.