For the past couple of years I have been using a single word to guide and focus my year. (Find last year’s post at https://jenclevette.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/one-word/)
So last year, 2012, my word was
This was a tough year for me both personally and professionally. I started a new job, as a vice principal of a 9-12, not only was I a first time administrator, it was my first time at a high school. My saving grace was that I was teaching social studies 9 again, so I had a little bit of breathing room. Personally my son had a rough couple months at school, it was tough on the whole family, but we seems to have turned a corner and he LOVES going this year.
So overall, I give myself a solid SO-SO…
The Good – Professional Development for me. This year I have stepped up finding what I need to do my job better. Instead of being the facilitator, I am sitting in sessions acquiring the new skills sets that I need. Baking, I love to bake and have been making time on Sundays to do that, most of the baking then heads to work (much to my husband’s dismay) but it’s a start.
The Great – I took more personal days that I ever have. For my son’s birthday, for a girl’s weekend to Phoenix for my daughter’s Kinder graduation. We went on family vacations to Mexico, Banff and fishing. I have even managed to sneak away to watch gymnastics Wednesday afterschool. Taking care of me has also improved. I bought a SPA membership and I used it, at least once a month for a massage. I have also made those much overdue medical and dental appointments, no more putting them off.
- The Bad – as a family we still live for weekends, as much as I love to cook, this seems to be the only time that I get a chance to as I still have trouble getting home at a reasonable time. While I continued with my 365 project, this year was my least amount of posted pictures.
- The Ugly – still having trouble saying no. On top of continuing with two ATA positions, I added a Teacher’s Convention position. Something will have to go!
So while it was not perfect, it could have been worse. I know this is something I will have to always have to work on. I am my father’s daughter, we work hard but we also play hard…when we give ourselves the time to do so!
What do you do to help keep yourself balanced?