How are you holding up? Okay, now tell me the truth. Educators are recalibrating training for a marathon that just turned into an ironman. We planned for temporary distance learning and for many we just found out that we are now adjusting to finish this school year from our home offices on the kitchen table, … Continue reading Lead by Example: Self Care, Educators and COVID-19.
This date holds a lot of meaning for our family. On Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 we received an email at 2am from the Embassy in Ethiopia that we were cleared to adopt our son. After a very long and difficult journey I had 3 days to buy supplies, pack bags, and fly to Africa by … Continue reading The Personal Side of the Principalship.
A busy week, a crazy schedule, overwhelmed and overworked. With that state of mind any minor ask from others can become a major irritation for me. My heart rate increases while my patiences decreases. My facial reaction is no longer a game face, but one of frustration or irritation. And worst off…..my response to a request tends to not represent my best-self, but one of frustration and anxiety. Continue reading Your State of Mind Matters as Much as the Words You Speak: Learning to Self-Regulate Before You Communicate.
Recently (like earlier today), I was on a flight home and the following instruction from the flight attendant really woke me up. In the case of an emergency please secure your own air mask first before helping others. Wow-do I fail at those instructions in life….all the time. Earlier this week we were reviewing the … Continue reading Putting on Your Mask First. #BalanceLAP
Balance Like a Pirate Summer 2018 Challenge Ok, so Jessica Johnson, Sarah Johnson, and I wrote a book that is coming out in a few weeks. And it has an interesting title to hook people. (Argh to our fellow PIRATES). The truth is that for us, it’s really not about just publishing a book … Continue reading Balance Like a Pirate Summer 2018 Challenge. #BalanceLAP
This weekend we went to the movie The Greatest Showman. While I wasn’t looking for a life changing lesson in that 2 hours, it came anyway. During the movie the lyrics of the song From Now On hit me hard: While I can’t say I have had the honor of meeting Kings and Queens, I can … Continue reading The Greatest….No.
It is that time of year, the start of a new calendar year brings an opportunity to reflect, rethink and review what you have done this year and what you want to change next year. In 2016 my #oneword was Better In 2017 my #oneword was Focus …and in 2018 my #oneword will be No. This year … Continue reading #OneWord 2018 No
Happy (Early) New Year! As you are wrapping up the last few days of 2017, taking in those last hugs, smiles, high fives and waves for a few days we (Lindsy, Eric, Jessica, Andy, Todd and Nick) wanted to challenge ourselves-and our PLN-to think about how to ring in 2018 when everyone returns. This post … Continue reading 20 ‘18’ ways to start the New Year.
Two weeks ago I ran the California International Marathon with my very dear friend Adam Welcome. Marathon weekend was an incredible experience that created memories I will never forget. Since I have come back home I have been asked what my favorite part of the race was…my answer the training. While the actual race took under … Continue reading Finding joy in the journey, not just the final outcome.
Week 17. This plan to run a marathon was an idea in May, and a plan in August. An invitation from my friend Adam was an opportunity to jump completely out of my comfort zone. The training started and shortly after that so did the doubt. You will never get all the long runs in. … Continue reading Fear Not