Photo by George Hodan
It is embarrassing to think that its been about 3 months since I’ve been on the blog. Good intentions lead my goal making for this year, trying to write something at least once a month, but some how LIFE had other plans for me. You know the saying, “Life happens when you make other plans.” Nothing bad, mind you, but life, busyness, too much of everything got in the way.
Thankfully, I don’t think I’ve had a school year like this since, oh, I first started teaching – that very first year about 10 years ago. This year once Christmas break finished it was a steady roller coaster. It felt just like a roller coaster too. One minute I was climbing that slow, jerky climb to the top, knowing full well that there was going to be one heck of a drop on the other side. Slowly, painfully it climbed, it was torture. The top couldn’t come fast enough because on the other side was an easy descent – just incredibly quick – often I would blink and it would be over A couple of twists and turns and loop d loops thrown at me and then another monstrous climb. And once March hit, hold on to your socks, Jen, it is going to be quite a ride until June. Often I felt like the dandelion in the picture above, just holding on as the rain was pummelling me.
There was little time for anything, and I mean anything. From March to June I was busy, almost every evening with one thing or another as well as on the weekends. On evenings or weekends I was at home, I was prepping or working on something for upcoming events/classes/meetings OR I was passed out on the sofa from exhaustion. I missed out on time with Nate and Ella and Molly and that was too much for me. God bless Nate for picking up the slack at home, and not once complaining about it. (Though, between you and me, I think it means i’m going to have to keep pretty tight lipped come hunting season this year.) Anyways, I wasn’t very fun either and I looked a little worse for wear – lets just say I tried a lot of anti puffy, dark circle removing eye cream, still trying to find one that works.
When June came, I felt better. I was sleeping, really sleeping, not just a couple of hours here or there, but for 6-8 hours. That is practically unheard of for me. Probably because I was trying to catch up on months of sleep depravation.
This upcoming school year, there are some changes coming. I am reclaiming my time, my family time, my priorities and putting somethings on hold or aside. It will be healthier.