Fall Break & Freebies

Hello Friends! Is there really anything better than a fall break inserted right at the end of "Shocktober?" Perfect timing! Especially for my teachers. I know October is tough and I try to do everything to keep the humor alive and support teachers. Just knowing a break was coming up was a big incentive.  Bring on naps, coffee, movies, and of course LivePD!!!

Totally forgot there was a "Freebies" page on my blog. Oops! I had my blog redesigned last year and was trying to think to the future to things I could offer or do to support principal friends and/or teachers. Who doesn't love a freebie?

I have added 2 freebies, I think:) They should be linked in Google for "anyone with the link" but I guess we will see once this goes live and everyone knows where to look. Total disclaimer here.....I do have a TpT store. I call it my "start up business" but it's been "starting up" for a couple years. It's about as vacant as the brick and mortar stores you see all over town. Eventually I will move in with more content. Check it out and "Follow me" there and you will know when I do upload new content someday.

Do you have a fall break? How do you rest and rejuvenate?

Challenges of Goal Setting

Have you ever talked yourself out of goal setting because you knew wouldn't meet the goal? That's me every time! Over the past few years I have gone through some challenging things in my life. Trying to find my purpose again. Asking, "Why?" a lot. Just trying to get my groove back so to speak.

It seemed like goal setting kept coming up in lots of aspects of my life. The people around me were setting goals. Teacher-preneurs on social media were setting goals. The podcasts I was listening to were about goal setting. The title of the podcast wasn't about goal setting but it would just pop up in podcasts all the time. I was starting to get the hint.

The problem is that in my role as a principal just about everything is about goal setting. Building improvement plan goals, professional development goals, student goals, health and wellness goals, walk-through goals, and goals and goals and goals if you know what I mean. With so many it's hard to keep track of all of them. So I just didn't. But I needed something to look forward to. So I started small and I am keeping track of as many as I can.

So far.....
Successful Goals

  • Pay off debts - Paid off two debts recently.
  • Practice gratitude - Kept a gratitude journal successfully for over a year. 3 things I am grateful for every day.
  • Be a better mom - It's just the small things I pay more attention to.

Current Goals

  • Provide more positive feedback at work - I have a visual aid and tally app on my watch to help with this. I could do better but I am more aware of the type of feedback I am giving to everyone.
  • Exercise 3 times a week - Well.......This is a challenge with 2 girls in 3 different sports but I haven't given up completely.
  • Plan the week every Sunday - I have always done the and this easy for me.

Failed goals...did/do I even try:):):)

  • Lose weight - I have actually gained weight so clearly this is not working!
  • Blog more - You can read the stats of this blog to see that's not happening!
Goal Setting Resources I've used lately:

Money Saving Mom - Make Over Your Year: I didn't take the course but there was a freebie to download. I think if you join the email list you can get access to the freebies.

Daily Private Victory - Because it's October

How exhausted are you? Noticed I didn't even ask "IF" you are exhausted. I already know the answer to that. In the world of education October is a bit of a transition month. The honeymoon is over, grade cards are due, parent/teacher conferences, discipline, and you can list all the rest.

This is year 2 for my school as an official Leader in Me school. You may be hearing more more about Leader In Me as it seems to be gaining momentum. We are a district-wide program with a couple more schools to come on in the future. I am telling you this because it is through Leader In Me that I learned to have a DAILY "Private Victory." Yes, DAILY!

Let's explore why it might be more important to find this private victory now in the month of October. I get the impression from teachers/educators online and in my own school that everyone is tired, stressed, overwhelmed, etc. I don't think anyone in education is immune to these feelings right now. (This too shall pass.)

I don't bring this up to wallow in the negative. Nor do I bring this up to be a positivity Pollyanna. (Positivity seems to be much better received:):):) The simple practice of identifying my daily private victory before I leave work has changed how I go home to my family.

How many times have you left work feeling like you just have to get out of there? Or you just need a break? (My teachers read this so I never do that.) Below is a picture of the visual I made for all my staff to help us remember our daily private victories!

Who Blogs Here Anyway???

I love blogging although you may not know that since I haven’t blogged here in a while. So let me tell you why that is...
I can’t keep up! Oh I know, believe me. “You make time for what’s important.” Blah blah blah. But what if it’s all important? I’m being serious here. It really is all important! 

My kids are important. Monday night basketball practice. Tuesday night softball practice. Wednesday night basketball game. Thursday night run errands and Friday night starts weekend softball tournament. I know that you all do it too. I also know that some of you donit by yourself too. But seriously, during this season of life, how do you get it all done? 

Some of you have reached out to me about my excerpt in my good friends book Balance LAP. (Balance Like a Pirate) I made the comment that you can have it all just not all the time. Seasons of life come and go. 

When I started this blog over 10 years ago their weren’t many, if any, other principals blogging. Look at us now! I was trying to think back to the sequence of events....
Twitter first? Then blogging, then podcast, then Facebook, then Voxer, now Instagram? I’m sure I’m leaving something out. There is no shortage of administrators on social media these days. 

So where does this blog fit in? I have no idea. My inner struggle has been about what to share. I want it to matter and most of all be helpful. So I think I’m just going to start sharing again and see where this goes. 

If you’ve read this far....bless your heart... I love you for it! Stay tuned for what may or may not be things that have already been shared or even be relevant to your life. If you’ve followed me all these years, you have been a good friend and cherish all of you. 

Here’s to 10 more years of blogging...or not!:) 

Trying My Hand at Vlogging

I am obsessed with YouTube lately! Teacher Tubers especially. I think my roots will always  be in the classroom because I totally got hooked on classroom set up videos this summer. It was crazy!

I tried to stay on the "subscription" tab on my iPhone but the app always opens on the YouTube "home" page and has a ton more suggestions. Then I got hooked on #Girlboss videos, vision board tutorials (yes, my daughters and I are making vision boards:), YouTube tips and tricks videos and on and on.

The first week of school I tried my hand at Vlogging. As I mention in the video it's just hard to remember to video all the time. As a principal there are also confidentiality issues that are different than those as a teacher. Not much of what I deal with can be shared online other than only the positive aspects of my job.

YouTube creation and creating images for social media are my Stephen Covey "sharpen the saw" go to hobbies. I can sit down for an hour and create a few images and/or watch some YouTube tutorials and all is right with the world!

Here is my attempt at vlogging: