It's that time of year again. A time to reflect on our year and to set goals for the next. This year my husband and I were so blessed to have our first baby boy. He is the love of our lives and we are so excited to have our little family. I'm on maternity leave and loving EVERY moment of it (even the mom tired times). I know when I go back to work, I will be forever changed.
"You can't do it" they say. "You can't be a great mom AND a great teacher". Yes, I have actually heard these words from many people. And to all the people that have said these words I challenge you to tell me WHY NOT? Why can't I be a great mom and a great teacher?
As someone that is new to this motherhood tribe, I am making it my mission to prove all of those people wrong, and I know I'm not alone. #motivatedmama We can be great mothers AND great teachers both. I know it, because I have seen it. I am lucky to work with some great women that are botha great mom and a great teacher. I know it will be a challenge but when you have determination and love your family and your students, you just make it happen. There is no other option. Sure, will there be days where I take it easy - my lesson plans are not out of this world or we order carry out because I'm too tired to cook dinner - or that I am not on my A game, Yes! I'm human. It will be important to be forgiving of myself when I can't do what I want to get done, but I am determined. I am a mom. I am a teacher. I am strong. I will be smart and organized with my time. I will give my all to my family, to my work AND to myself (cant forget about my me time). I will be great at being a mom and at being a teacher, and I will prove those people wrong.
I will be the best wife & mom I can be.
I will be the best teacher & role model I can be.
I will be the best sibling & friend I can be.
I will take care of my health.
I will take care of my finances.
I will go to church.
I will stay motivated.
I will forgive myself.
I will be strong.
Okay Okay. You already moms out there may be saying "Haha, I remember when I was that way" or "I'll believe it when I see it". But I am determined to stay productive AND enjoy my life outside of work with my family and friends. I recently read a book, Four Seconds by Peter Bregman. Ironically, I read this on a cruise while I was relaxing. This is a great read and has really helped me to stay motivated and productive with my work both at home and at school.
In Four Seconds, Peter Bregman shows us how to replace negative patterns with energy boosting and productive behaviors. To thrive in our fast-paced world all it takes is to pause for as few as four seconds -- the length of a deep breath -- allowing us to make intentional and tactical choices that lead to better outcomes.
Here is a video that I feel goes along with how I feel about being productive. Its important for people to take time to slow down, enjoy life, reflect on your work and get your thoughts and ideas together.
Other motivators -
Yoga and meditation. This is a great way to take your me time, refocus and feel your best so you can be your best for everyone else. I found this great yoga place in my area (called Renew Mama), that is for Moms specifically. They have Mommy and Baby yoga classes as well as classes for just Mom but they provide a babysitter right next door. This is a great community of mama's right there in the life balance struggle with you. I also love Head Space to give me just the 10 minutes a day that I need to reflect, relax and clear my mind.
I have also decided to re-vamp my instagram account. I am going to try to follow just the people that inspire me and make me want to do and be my best. There are so many great moms and teachers that focus on being your best. Here are some of my favorites:
TheEllenShow (Ellen Degeneres), JoannaGaines, KristinCavallari, Meghankedmonds, Melrystrick, Moms.Can.Be.Fit, PositivelyPosie, MommyHotline, WeAreYogaEd, FunkyBuddhaYoga, TheWhole30, TheBump, LoriHarder, TheAmyGroesbeck, TheTeachersPassport, TheMindfulEducator, TeachOutsidetheBox, JustAPrimaryGirl, MariadisMondyBooks, StepIntoSecondGrade, HappyHealthyHumble, DashingDish, Littlebitsof_RealFood, Littlevintagenest... I know there are so many more, but these are some of my favorites I can quick think of. Plus all of my AMAZING mama friends. #inspiration
Other Books I am reading:
I will be the best for my family, and for my students. I am determined. I am strong. & I know I am not alone.