Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Monday, September 14, 2015

Struggling, Then Surfacing

"Trying to keep my head above water and struggling."

I wrote this last Wednesday, after my second day with students. I had had a meltdown because I tried to do too many things, to please too many people, in too short of a time span after working all day.

The good news is that it made me stop and acknowledge the fact that I couldn't possibly continue the pace I had set for myself. I needed to take my foot off of the accelerator and slow down.

And so I did. I went in on Thursday and Friday and relaxed just enough to actually enjoy my classes. And while Saturday was a fairly busy day, I was able to schedule my back to school haircut and color. Not only that, but I treated myself to some new makeup!

When I woke up on Sunday with a weather-induced headache, I took care of myself by staying inside, taking it easy, and only doing the things I knew would help me have a good week, like chopping vegetables and storing them in Mason jars, so I could pack my lunches without too much effort. And I went to bed early, so I felt rested and ready to go this morning. In fact, today was the first day I felt like I had hit my rhythm.

My students finished their goal setting activity and now my bulletin board is done in time for Open House this Thursday night. And I've planned a pre-assessment test for Friday, so the day after the late night will be an easy one.

Hope you all are enjoying your September, and finding balance. It's definitely an ongoing process.



  1. It has been tough readjusting to being "on" all the time as a teacher after a deliciously restful summer, but I am getting there. My new students are fantastic, and I am enjoying getting to know them.

  2. Good for you taking care of yourself. I had to do that last weekend myself or I would have ended up flat on my back in the hospital. I think I still might have to do that a bit this weekend too. Love the haircut.