29 years in the world of education – wow! I really have a tough time facing that reality – I have been doing this work for a whole lot of years. In some ways, I feel like I can share every lesson learned, mistake made and experience lived with others in order to pass on the wisdom of my many years in schools. However, on the other hand, I also feel completely humbled by how much I still don’t understand and how much I have yet to learn and figure out. To be honest, it’s overwhelming sometimes. I think I should have way more of this learning stuff figured out – but I don’t. I think I should have way more of this leadership stuff figured out – but I don’t. What I do know for sure is that I will NEVER stop learning, questioning and looking to others to help me find the way forward. Leading a middle school, filled with kids who are trying to find their way, is a perfect fit for me. I am a middle school educator and school leader – trying to figure out the way forward. It’s complicated – there are no easy answers and sometimes, there are just more questions. That’s okay. One thing I do know for sure – it is so important to take a step back from the work and unplug.
I have learned over the years that the best use of my “down time” during school breaks is to let go of all the work that needs to be finished and to completely disconnect so that I can re-charge the battery. So, once again, this Spring Break, I am unplugging from technology, from the world of Twitter, from the “to do” list waiting for me back at school so I can re-invest in me. This includes making time to do what I love – run along the ocean, read whatever I find interesting, spend time with the people who mean the most to me and enjoy simple pleasures in life (sunsets, good food, great wine!)
I have learned that finding balance this way gives me the energy to come back after the break feeling completely ready to take on the home stretch of the school year…not just in survival mode, but in full on “thriving” mode – making the best decisions for our school community and being the best support possible to our amazing staff.
Happy Spring Break – this picture shows where I am unplugging for the week – life is good!!!