That one little word can be such a HUGE challenge. As an educator,
I know that I am not telling you anything you don't already know.
Last night, at the end of a delightful three day weekend, I felt balance as I headed off to bed. Our weekend had been spent with some family time, some work time and some basic fun. The world needs to have three day weekends once a month. It is healthy!
Sadly, the world does not have three day weekends monthly and we instead are challenged to find balance with five hectic days to juggle the lovable insanity that teaching brings. For many of us (a few of you know that I am speaking about you), the motor rarely shuts off. When we are not at work, we are reading, writing or otherwise working for the good of the order. We say we are doing it for ourselves.
Last fall, I hit bottom when it came to shutting my brain off. The motor never stopped and at times, I broke down in tears because I couldn't get it to stop. I had to work through it. For the time, I think I am in a good spot. Again, I am often my own worst enemy. Some of my own most important work needs to be to walk away from that project that I label as "fun" even though it really is work. I need to find more time to bead, go for walks and bike rides with my husband. My daughter and I need to go shopping and I need to take the time to read my son's articles.
I have many goals and I work hard to reach them. I want to write more for my TPT store, I want to research museum schools more as I think it would be a viable option for our elementary school, I want to get one of my children's book manuscripts published, I want to bead and I want to read more. I REALLY want to read.
Balance. It is a process. We need to be held accountable for it.
I'll keep you posted.