Sitting on my couch catching up on some unread emails, I came across one from my principal: leadership opportunities. Now generally, this email is my jam. I LOVE opportunities to spread my wings, and maybe to beef up my resume.
However, this year? A whole new ball game. I was 8 month pregnant and exhausted. So, I scroll past. I don’t even open it up. Now, for a “YES man” like me, this was tough. But time with my baby this upcoming school year was going to be priceless and I refused to give it up for something I was just as passionate about.
Then, a month later, the email comes again. Something along the lines of “Hey Staff, I think this may have gotten lost in the shuffle, we still need ... etc.” Mind you, this email came with ZERO expectation, ZERO pressure, and was simply intended as a friendly reminder.
So not only did I have to scroll by once, but I had to scroll by again. This time, I even opened it. But I read through, X'ed out, and continued scrolling. For me? A huge victory. Because yes, I could coach the cheerleading team. I could find room for another committee. I could, I could, I could...
But at some point, you need to stop spreading yourself so thin that you become resentful. Decide what you are truly passionate about, and follow through.
So if for this year I am only truly passionate about my baby? Then so be it. Sometimes there is a refreshing power in picking your passions, and then just saying no.
Holly Mecher. ADE. Runner. Life-long lover of books. Google Certified Educator.