I've been so fascinated by it since the very first Olympic games I can remember watching, which I think was the Atlanta games in 1996, when I 9. Possibly even Barcelona when I was 5.
My favorite rotation in gymnastics is the balance beam.
Its amazing to me how these girls can not only balance, but perform amazing spins, jumps, and flips on a four inch wide beam.
Then I think about my life.
If there's one thing in life I'm extremely proud of myself for accomplishing, it's becoming a teacher.
I've wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember, since way back when I played school with dolls in my bedroom.
I had some other short-lived career dreams (vet, optometrist, small business owner), but it always came back to teaching.
Last year was my first year teaching.
I love my job, and truly poured my heart and soul into those children.
I did the best that I could, and am proud of the results I saw at the end of the year.
My kinders grew and learned so much.
For 10 months, that was basically my only focus in life.
I would work 10 hour days, then come home and continue to work.
I would research, make centers for them, try to find fun projects, create assessments, etc.
I often worked until it was time to go to bed.
And then I would go to sleep, get up, and do it all again.
I don't want to do that this year.
I still want to put 100% into my job.
These kids need me, and I want to give them my absolute best.
But I also want to maintain some sort of sanity as well.
I was constantly stressed last year, but I didn't realize it until this summer.
Once summer break came, I felt my whole body relax.
I even felt my blood pressure decrease.
I need to learn how to find a balance between work and life.
I can love my job, and pour myself into it, but I have to find a time to stop and be me.
Ty keeps telling me to find a hobby, but I always say that I don't have time for one.
This year I want to make time.
I'd like to set a time each night when I STOP WORKING, unless I have some sort of deadline, like report cards or something.
I want to find time each night to be myself. Lisa...not a teacher.
I want to cuddle with my husband.
Play with my pets.
Read a book.
Have dinner with friends.
Watch a television show for more than one episode in a season!
I need to realize that I can be a good teacher without working 24 hours a day.
And now that I'm going into my second year of teaching and I feel like I have a little more of a clue about what I'm doing, I need to try to find that balance between "teacher Lisa" and "life Lisa."
If gymnasts can balance on a four inch beam...
certainly I can balance those two parts of my life.
Wish me luck.