After a long hiatus….

How sad to see that my last post was October 2016.  What happened this year to keep me from processing my thoughts, struggles, wins and setbacks via this blog?  Didn’t feel like anything needed such process?  Not confident to share?  Reflected in other ways?  Developed different routines?

Sudoku & hot water with lemon, a morning routine.

Hindsight is not helpful.  Suffice to say, it was a full year.  Full of ideas, problems to solve, collaboration, success and failure.  Year two at Valley Vista.  I love our students and families even more.  Staff and I have gelled nicely, building trust, having candid conversations about teaching and learning, wrestling with the future of our little school.  It’s been good.

Summer Birthdays in Kinder

Work/life balance remains in check.  That’s probably my biggest win.  Maintaining an exercise routine and nutrition plan has 100% supported my work, my stamina, my stress.  Probably the single best thing I’ve done for myself since becoming a principal six years ago.  Good routines, good people, solid goals.  Even ran my first 10K with VV staff!

My first 10K. Done.

I said “no” to many opportunities that would pull me away from my family and my school this year.  Annual CUE and Lead 3.0 were my two conferences.  Loved them both and that was enough.  All the people are energizing and the ideas invigorate my work and my thinking.  But I was mindful of time away and additional expectations that I didn’t have the capacity to meet.  I found balance.

Sharing a beer with a SoCal friend & colleague, Todd Schmidt. #lead3

Spent lots of time watching my boys play.  Another activity that fills me up.  Joshua played JV Soccer for his high school.  Jacob had his last year in little league.  I’m so thankful they play things I like to watch.  Or have I learned to enjoy watching the things they love to play?  And the bonus, they love their sport.  Eager for practice, ready for games, critical of themselves and celebratory as well.  I am a lucky mom.


Jacob & Joshua. Love to watch my boys play.

And our admin team.  What a blessing.  I lean on these people even when they don’t know it.  A text, a call, a look across a crowded meeting.  We keep each other buoyed up.  I doubt I could do this job without a stellar team like ours.  I’m thankful for each of them.

Petaluma Elementary Admin Team

So nothing earth shattering here.  Just warming up the blog again.  Getting the thoughts flowing, dusting out the cobwebs, remembering the year in broad brushstrokes.   Ready for a break.



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