It’s been a glorious two week winter break with plenty of fun and relaxation. We return to school with students on Wednesday and have a professional development day tomorrow. Today was the signal that we’re back to work… the emails began arriving.
I actually worked most of the day anyway, but it’s a different vibe to work at the dining table, sipping multiple lattes and watching my boys play. Nothing pressing needed to get done so I was fairly productive, especially for at home work. I don’t know how folks do it who work from home regularly. I’d have to lock myself in a closet.
Lucky for me, I left work at work for the two weeks. I read four books (none leadership or education oriented). I dragged the boys to Cirque du Soleil which they begrudgingly enjoyed. We even took in a beautiful morning at the beach. Christmas was a fun-filled day watching our boys play with new things, set up their “gaming room” and generally soak in the Christmas cheer. Candlelight service at church was a total blessing. We even pulled off our annual neighborhood Christmas Eve Brunch and New Year’s Eve bonfire–our neighborhood rocks!
Am I rested? Yes. Am I ready to return? Yes and no.
Post-winter break signals a shift to 15-16 planning which is a time of the school year I have yet to master. It’s a juggling act that makes my head spin. Transitional kinder and kindergarten registration, tours, finishing up teacher evals for 14-15, staff conversations for 15-16, enrollment projections and 6th grade promotion activities….
My strategy for this year is to let 15-16 NOT overwhelm my present-ness in 14-15. There are staff meetings. Fine. There are enrollment updates. Fine. But my normal stewing about what-ifs and scenarios just cannot make for another crazy second half of the year as it has the last few. Get a handle on it, Catina.
So the emails are flying and it’s back to work tomorrow. Happy 2015!