The last day for students in my district was June 5. My summer officially started this week, because of extra training and projects I was working on for my position. We enjoyed a visit with my college roomie and her family at the lake and had dinner with friends last night. This morning, I worked on my grad work inside while I listened to a conversation that a family was having on a fishing boat about 350 feet out in the lake. I'm sure they have no idea that I can hear every single word they are saying. Note to self: sound travels differently on the lake. Yikes.
I love having time with my own kids (and husband) in the summer. Focusing on them and us is so important. Staying up late to talk, taking long walks together, teaching them new things, practicing things that get pushed aside during the school year and laughing together fill our summer days and I am so grateful for this time.
Thinking - no Vegas for me. Last year, I felt a little left out (and slightly annoyed after a while) when social media seemed to be completely taken over by Vegas posts. Let there be no misunderstanding that I am happy that so many educators, bloggers, Tpt'ers have the opportunity to enjoy this time together. It is a powerful networking opportunity! I'm super grateful for the blogging friends I've connected with over the years. I'm also ok with being one of the few people who are not going to Vegas again this year. I have two full weeks of training this summer, plus several other days to work. I'm also taking 2 grad classes this summer. So, the rest of the summer is family time and that's ok with me. I do hope ya'll have a great time!
I've been wanting to find more time to read and write. I do a lot of professional reading for my job and for my grad classes. I need to make more time to read and write. I recently started a journal. However, I quickly discovered that when you are super, super busy the journal that you intended to be a place to let ideas flow freely turns into another giant to do list.
Needing to refocus is a little tricky. I really need to do that since I have so many things going on. I'm sure this time at the lake will help.
All Star - I'm really good at taking on challenges. I talk about the challenges I face to help me gather feedback, vent about things that are not going well, reflect about things constantly and try and try again. Staying the same is frightening to me. Change is an opportunity to improve.
It feels so good to be "off the hamster wheel" for a bit. Make time to relax and enjoy your family and friends today!
Please visit Farley to read about what others are currently doing! Thank you, Farley, for hosting! You will have a great time in Vegas! I'll pray for you to be able to relax on the flight. :)