A new year and a new....whatever you want to make new! This year is going to be full of change and challenges in many different facets. Professionally, I am currently at a school that is closing and relocating the students to a brand new school in their community; therefore, it leaves all staff to land new positions else where. Personally, #TeamA starts school in the fall, so I am left clinging the time we have with her as a "little" girl and challenged to make sure she is as prepared for school as possible.
In thinking what I wanted my New Year's resolution to be or what I was going to make a commitment to do, I didn't want something that was a thing or a time. We all want to eat healthier, loose a few pounds, travel the world, but I was inspired by a Twitter friend Marilyn (@RunnerGirl13_1) who tweeted about finding just one word that would be your word of the year. For days leading up to and into 2017, I would read Marilyn's posts and encouragements to find my word and I kept thinking about it (like that program you keep running behind the 25 open tabs in your browser). I thought about it and thought about it and first came up with BALANCE.
I want 2017 to be about BALANCE. I want to balance my time I spend between school and home; balance time I give to others vs time I spend working on myself; balance between being hard on myself and celebrating my successes; balance sacrificing my goals for others and making my goals. Overall, I just want to feel that I have given in all areas of my life without tilting the balance too far one way compared to others. Balance was a huge struggle for me last year as I was transferred to a school 40+ minutes from home, in a new grade so I was feeling very overwhelmed. I would spend countless hours at school trying to get myself organized and figure out what my students needed, but that cut into my family time and the time we could get things done at home.
At home the balance was often hard to keep in equilibrium due to the nature of DH's job and schedule. We frequently were going in different directions, texting our only conversations of the day and trying to keep it together as we juggled ourselves to get ready in the bathroom or kitchen each morning. I felt that there was nothing happening for me personally. No me time, no passion, no special activities....nothing. Balance was needed big time.
The more I got thinking of how I wanted 2017 to be about balance, I got thinking how I was going to make it happen. That's when I was stuck on a second word: COMMITMENT. I was going to have to make a commitment to myself that I was going to make sure I was in balance and I was going to have to make sure my family knew and was committed to having a balance with me.
So far, I feel like I am in balance and I have made a few commitments that I feel I can stick with. I've committed to completing my Math Specialist qualifications, committed to running my 3 favourite races and committed to writing online more often. All three of these commitments have also brought me balance...not doing too much or too little...doing something for me while still being there for my family and balancing school life with home life.
I think I have found my way thanks to my online friend Marilyn!
A snippet about me...
I'm a grade 2 teacher; wife; mama to #TeamA & #TeamO; runner; chocolate lover and always wanting to learn.