I recently had a colleague mention to me something about my blog and how I hadn’t written anything in awhile…so I took a look, yep, it’s been a year. :( Ooops. Somehow in the “busy”-ness of my life, this important part of what I do has been neglected.
My life has been a bit of whirlwind since last year. I finished the year in a K-8 school, was transferred to an alternative high school for September-February and now I am in central office getting ready to open a NEW school!!!!
As I look at the task ahead of me I feel excited, overwhelmed, inspired and… scattered. I feel pulled in many different directions on a daily basis. This is not uncommon for a school Principal, just different in this context. I was unsure of why I was feeling so scattered until I sat down and started to map out all the thoughts going through my mind. Here is what it ended up looking like…My mind is continually racing, reflecting and processing our school philosophy and how to ensure we create a positive, collaborative culture in this new space. These are two very critical components that speak to my heart about education and what we do every day in schools. How will I effectively articulate and communicate these important pieces to the staff, families and community? I find myself going back to this question over and over again.
I have yet to come up with a definitive answer to this question. I keep getting side-tracked, losing focus and being pulled to make other decisions. My hope is that by reflecting here, I will be able to focus on a little bit of this fun “mess” that I am fortunate enough to be a part of.
And this is only my work life :). At home, life has not slowed down with our four monsters. :) Hockey practices and games, school work, instrument lessons and practice and our sacred family time make up a week. As a family, we realize it is vital to hold some time each week as special, time where we can re-connect and just “be” together. Family supper times, watching a show together or playing a card game help to remind us of what is important.
Maybe there is a lesson in my family life that I could utilize in my work life? Focusing on the important pieces of my work life and family life will hopefully help me to feel less “scattered” and more on-track.
Suggestions, ideas, or advice are always welcome…