Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Finding Myself

Last week I wrote about being on a tightrope juggling all the many things in my life, and I realized, yes, I realized through that blog and many others last month that my mind and heart were burdened, burdened with too much to do and with not enough time or presence for my family.

With that in mind, I sent an email to my principals that for the sake of my family and my teaching and the burnout factor, they needed to make me say, "No more," to yearbook.

What I lose: 5 laptops, 2 desktops, 1 document camera, a nice little account to spend on things related to writing and technology, this iPad I am using right now, working with stellar writers to help them create and publish an amazing book that showcases the good stuff my school is all about.

What I gain: more family time, a happier husband (he picks up the kids, walks the dog, cooks dinner, does most of the cleaning--you get the picture), more peace, better teaching (more time to plan and grade at school), more sleep, my sanity), more time to write.

Don't get me wrong I am going to miss yearbook; however, I need to put my family first.

I think I will go back and revisit my poem about juggling. Life has given me new insight, as have my fellow
slicers. Thank you.


  1. Good for you! Now that you've made your decision, I bet you feel great relief!

  2. Yeah for you. Like is like a salad bar. You can choose how much you put on your plate. I am thankful as well for the slice. It helped me to see how much I like to write.
    How wonderful that you have more family time. And even with all of those extra computers, they can never hug you.

  3. You will never regret the time you spend with your family, only the times you missed. Technology can be replace, time cannot. You have made a wise decision. Be strong and enjoy some slice of life!

  4. Good for you. When it starts interfering, it's time to let it go, no matter how much you may miss it. Elsie is right--the technology can be replaced....but not the time

  5. Isn't it great that you came to that place through reflection - and not some horrible health or family crisis.

  6. It sounds like it is time to make the changes; no matter what tech you lose, you gain the family back. Nice for you & nice for them. I love the above response-you didn't have a family crisis to force the decision, you made it clear that it was the right choice. Thanks for the reminder to all of us to reflect on what's happening.


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