I am exhausted.
For awhile I felt guilty thinking this, much less writing it. But then I actually stopped and thought about all I am doing lately and I got exhausted just making the mental list. I thought that if I put it out in the world, to others who do even more than I do on a daily basis, I might not feel alone in my exhaustion. I’m allowing myself to be generous about my time.
Lately, here is what I’m doing:
- Getting up at 5 am to workout for an hour every work day
- Working a full day in a mentally challenging (and therefore often taxing position!), which could be a blog post in and of itself, as a district leader in a district fully implementing the ELA Common Core State Standards, leading professional development, coaching, and learning every day
- Working out with a personal trainer two days a week for an hour each session
- Working on my doctoral program which right now involves attending two classes this semester (EVERY. Saturday.), doing the required homework, working on a practicum requirement for a third class, and preparing for a presentation of my first three chapters and the work to get IRB approval
- Visiting with family and friends once in a while (in person, on the phone, or through social media)!
- Remembering to do the laundry, clean the house, get the car repairs on time, etc.
- Trying to squeeze in at least one yoga class a week for my physical and mental stability
- Going to a chiropractor and a masseuse every other week to work on my chronic back pain
- Trying to write 1-2 blog posts a week, not because I have to, but because I enjoy writing
- Checking my fitbit status on the leaderboard to see if I even came close to an average of 8-10,000 steps a day
- Reading for additional information personally, professionally, etc.
- Trying to remember to STOP. REFLECT. RELAX. PAUSE.
I am very grateful for the four-day weekend I am about to begin. I am giving myself a lot of permission to rest, in between workouts and homework, of course!