When you love your job, and you have responsibility as one of your strengths, it’s easy to put yourself last. That’s kind of happened this first week of school. I had every intention of going to work out in the afternoons. Not so much. I was going to have that glass of wine with dinner on weeknights as a weight loss strategy.* Not so much. And I did some work every night. I did manage to eat relatively healthily and I met my step goal every day. So there’s that.
The first week of school is always hard. In addition to just being “on” for 8 hours a day, there are a lot of extra activities. We had conferences with parents yesterday afternoon, and there were two evening events. Tomorrow is a super big deal day as we celebrate the Installation of our new head of school. We always have a big opening assembly the first week, but this one is going to be really special. It’s also Geeky Girl’s senior year and the seniors have a special place during the installation tomorrow (as they do at every big assembly). So that will make it even more special for me personally.
I’m holding on to the energy of these events to keep me afloat. And, there are more to come. Parent evenings. Cocktail parties. Class trips. It’s more than usual, and it’s really challenging to get through in one piece sometimes. But next week I’m going to try to hit a routine. Some of it is planning, working with my family to schedule things, and just closing the laptop. Some of it is forcing myself to not worry about stuff so much. Yes, there will be deadlines to hit, and there will be times during the year when there’s a lot going on, but when there isn’t the pressure of a deadline, or when time isn’t squeezed because of an event, I need to just take time out for myself. I often tell other people, “It’s all going to be okay.” I need to tell that to myself, too.
*Surprisingly, I lost a pound anyway.