I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?
- 10 Things I Hate About You
Back to school is a thing of the past, yet I still feel like I'm running around, scrambling, trying to get things done! I would come home every day feeling overwhelmed with things to do, my to do list was never-ending, and I was running on fumes.
This past weekend, I took a step back and realized something needed to change. I don't want to feel overwhelmed anymore! I don't need to feel underwhelmed, but if I can be in the whelmed state I'll start to feel better!
Every day I would look around my classroom before leaving and think "What do I need to take home with me today?" NO! That needs to stop! I don't want to feel like I need to take something home with me. I don't have children yet, but I do have my wonderful husband and doggie. I want to come home and spend time with them, not with my school work. I love to come home and veg out while watching TV and creating new products for TpT. I'd also love to get on this blog more and write to you all. Bringing home a bag of work every day is stopping NOW! (Half the time the bag would just sit near me and nothing would get done anyways!! So what's the point in bringing it home at all?!)
We do so much as teachers and we all know we don't get paid enough. Don't get me wrong, I love my career and I knew I'd never make tons of money from it. But, I'm tired of feeling like the world is on my shoulders and having a to do list with hundreds of things. I don't mind coming home and looking up new activity ideas or laminating and prepping for stations, but gone are the days when I sit at home every evening with tedious school work. I will do what I can with my time after school (and I don't even mind staying a little late), but then I need to come home and enjoy myself and my little family! I need to put myself and my family first!!
I will continue to love what I do... but I just can't do itall the time!
No more breakdowns, no more bags of work, no more late nights trying to get just one more thing done! Let's get to the whelmed state and put ourselves and our families first!! Are you with me?!
Thanks for listening to my rant, my opinion, my view! I know it may not be yours and you may be thinking "Wow, that girl is cray to the Z!" but I appreciate you reading along! And because you made it all the way through, I have a little freebie for you! Along the lines of making sure I don't feel overwhelmed, I'm having a "copy mom" for the first time!! I'm a bit of a control freak when it comes to my copies, so I made up these little copy direction sheets for the parent so she'll know exactly what I need. Enjoy!!