Work has been stressful these past few months, especially with the preparations for our first 8th grade science testing, administrator observations, and charter renewal visits. Like my first year of teaching, I found myself backsliding and putting work first before myself and my relationships.
In an effort to get myself back on track, I’ve been doing some more reflection and reading on personal health and lifestyle books. As much as I feel passionately about my teaching, I
realize I cannot be the best at what I do if I let it take over my life completely. So, in the middle of nowhere, I started writing a personal manifesto to remind me of the importance of balance.
Give thanks for what you have every day. Smile and laugh more often. Collect colorful experiences, not things. Learn something new, and then share it. Read a good book. Use kind words. Grow a garden. Pick up the phone and have a conversation. Find a moment of silence and stillness each day. Believe in the power of small positive changes. Tell your loved ones that you love them every day. Sit down for dinner. When someone is talking to you, really listen. Be a blessing to others.