1. Good on you, girl! That’s one of the hardest lessons to learn in life – to be kind to ourselves. You have kicked major ass in the last mo ths/weeks/days (congrats on the certs!). It is the end of the year and we all feel that coming up around us. The burnout is inevitable. Both of my sisters are teachers so I semi understand added end of the school year pressure!

    I’ve only been at this blog for 5 months and I feel the pressure to work it like a job. But, let’s face it, I don’t get paid to blog! I started only writing when something inspires me to do so. I don’t want to fill MM with fluff just to get a post up. At this post, I’m happy with it being a journal in real time.

    Enjoy the holidays with your family!! And we’re here reading whenever you are writing…no pressure! 🙂

  2. Basil

    Wow! National Board Certification is a big deal–congrats!

    This time of year always adds a major layer of crazy to the schedule. You definitely have to look out for yourself around now!

  3. Yes, credit is definitely due! Good for you and you should feel good about all you’ve done. Sounds like you’ve been busy and congrats are in order on the certification!

    Hope you feel better soon!

    • Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m sure I’ll be fine once the dust settles. ‘Tis the season for kids to freak out over missing assignments, making up tests, etc. Once that passes, I’ll be able to breathe (and sleep) better!

  4. I needed to read this on a Monday morning! So many props to you for sharing your story. I think as bloggers, we put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect and be scheduled. It isn’t easy to write and run a blog while working (and for you, studying for your test…I can’t imagine!)

    Thanks for sharing! I think we can all benefit from being a little easier on ourselves as bloggers.

    • Yup, you’re right, Rachel. Everyone’s lives are so much fuller than their blogs let on it. I’m trying to remind myself of that with others…and myself! 🙂

  5. Congrats on your boards! And on giving yourself a break.

    You only have so much time and effort to give until your batteries run out. Letting yourself regularly recharge a bit makes you more effective, and making sure you recharge when you know you’re drained is even more important.

    • Thank you! I still have two more parts to complete this school year to be officially certified. Hearing back (I’ve been waiting since May!) definitely helped put some pep in my step to get going with the other parts!

  6. Man, you definitely keep yourself busy! I think it’s okay to give yourself a pass. It’s just as important to be kind to yourself as it is to be kind to others.

    I’m not sure if this helps, but I schedule blog posts about a month ahead of schedule so I can give myself a few days off if needed. Of course, that does mean you need to have the time to come up with a backlog of posts first. 😉

    Anyhoo, I hope the holidays get less crazy for you and you can find the time to recuperate! Sometimes stepping back is a good thing.

    • You’re so right about scheduling in advance. I try to do that, but I haven’t been able to dedicate the proper time these past few months. It’s so hard to spend all of my weekends writing for grad school. I feel so zapped afterwards, but I’m paying $14,000. And I’m waiting on a raise from it. So I have to put my energy there as much as it pains me to do so!

  7. Another post in the awkward series? You just made my morning! Don’t let me down, Penny!

    And also, mad props to you for juggling teaching and blogging. You are a rock star.

  8. You are certainly entitled to a well deserved break. A little self-care can go a long ways. I honestly don’t know how you’ve managed to fit everything in! Congratulations on passing your certification. Hope you feel better soon!

    • Thank you, thank you, Amanda! It’s so funny. I used to scoff at the notion of “self care”. I figured I was too Type-A for that. Little did I know that I was actually making myself less efficient and helpful. I’m working on it!

  9. Wow, you certainly have a lot on your plate! I’d say you’re due an immense amount of credit. Kudos on passing your certification and on keeping all these balls in the air! Now take a break, enjoy your family time, take care of yourself, and feel better.

    • I think everyone experiences it — you’re so busy that it’s exhilarating, not tiring. But then as soon as you actually slow down, KABOOM! That’s what I’m expecting in two weeks for winter break. Thank you for the support, Gary.

  10. Sending so many congrats your way!!!
    As for the blogging, of course you get a day off. At work you get spring break, summer break, fall break, winter break, federal holidays, and other random days off plus sick days and professional development days. Why should blogging not have breaks too? It’s part of the healthy balance about which you blog.
    Taking a break or a vacation shouldn’t have to mean squishing the same amount of work into less time. It should be a true break.

  11. You amaze me – National Board Certification is an incredible challenge to take on. But it doesn’t surprise me that you chose that path. Congrats again and definitely give yourself a break. My son has brought home both strep and pink eye this week from his high school and they were cleaning up from little ones being sick in a few different halls this week. Tis the season for just about any “crud” you can think of to be shared at school 😉

    • Thanks, Vicki! I hope I can pull it off. It’s really been a lot of juggle with my Master’s classes, too. But it’s been the most rewarding part of teaching. I have never had to think so critically of myself and examine every little thing to make sure I’m doing what’s best for kids. Plus…my students are darn cute in the all the footage I have to shoot for the portfolios!

  12. Congratulations on the certification process and all your other accomplishments. Julie made a good point – why shouldn’t you get a break from blogging like you do with work? Your readers will still return whether you post once a week, three times a week, or every other week. Taking a little space when you need it is healthy and reasonable.

    • You’re so logical, Mrs. G! I guess part of why I don’t take a “real” break from blogging is because I love it so much, and it’s such a place of refuge for me. The support is unreal. I suppose I feel like the least I could do to thank people is to keep writing.

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