I love SPAM. No seriously, I live in Austin Minnesota, the home of the fantastic canned meat product. While writing this post I am wearing one of four (yes four) SPAM t-shirts I own. But today’s post is about a different type of spam-the one in your inbox. I am not sure if it was … Continue reading Taming Your InBox #TimeSaverTuesday.
Living with two teenage boys provides a unique dynamic in just about everything. One likes chicken with one type of hot sauce, while the other teen prefers a different kind. One is a swimmer, the other a diver; one plays ‘American football’; the other plays’ real’ football (soccer). This list goes on for pages, but … Continue reading Readers are Leaders. Finding Time in Your Day to Continue Your Learning.
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.
Lately I have been in a zone of reading a lot on becoming a better..something. A better woman, a better principal, a better wife, a better mom, better at social media and better at leading. In all this reading what is the common thread….slow down. In today’s pressures to be the better everything, at all … Continue reading Better..or better enough. #principalinbalance
Hey, I am back…..I think. No matter how many years you are in education, switching schools, roles and grade levels is…well exhausting. Three months into this new position and I think I am finally ready to come up for air. While I pull into the garage every night exhausted, I wake up every morning so … Continue reading When Your Quadrants Collide #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
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
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
So the challenge to create a #FamilyBookTalk first came via Dr. Brad Gustafson Family Book Talk post. Then during our Thursday night Mastermind my weekly personal challenge was to spend more quality time with Isaiah (thanks Danny for the motivation), because well five years ago this was us: Five years ago we were recently mother and son…..five years later he … Continue reading Yes Day! #familybooktalk #principalinbalance