Funny, the last time I posted in my blog was January of 2016. I haven`t written since then because I was “too busy”. In 2016 I started a new position as a principal of a Middle/High school and, believe me, the learning curve was quite steep. I have enjoyed the learning and challenges along the way and am continuing to learn new things every day. While the year was also sprinkled with fun new travel experiences that I shared with family, upon reflection I realize that my day to day was often consumed with my work.
When the Christmas holidays rolled around this year I spent quite a bit of time thinking about how I wanted to approach 2017. I am not usually one for resolutions but when I read in social media that a lot of people were going with the #oneword type of resolution I felt that this was something I could do. I have seen many great #oneword choices, words like believe, growth, pivot, grit, be, hope…the list goes on and on. So, after much thought, I decided to choose one word to be my focus and that one word is balance.
I know that I tend to be an “all in” type of person, I have to be busy all the time. So this concept of balance is not necessarily going to be very easy for me. I am very good at advising other people about the need for balance, the need for them to remember to take time for themselves and slow down. Now, the challenge is, to apply that same advice to my own life.
I, like most, want to do the best I can for the people in both my personal and professional life and in order to do that I plan to be mindful of balance. I started by reading four books over the break which were for pleasure. I love to read and read a lot but over the past year or so my reading list was dominated by books about education. I plan to keep working on balance in my life, whether it be balancing the good with bad, work with play, spending with saving, you get the idea. Wish me luck!