Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Long Hiatus....

It has been a long time since I last wrote, 17 months to be exact.  A lot has changed in those months and I was reading over my last blog and thought, it is time to write again.  In the last year and a half I have experienced more loss, career success, moves and graduations.

My husband graduated from nursing school last June and is gainfully employed at a local hospital as a Registered Nurse.  I am so proud of him, he worked hard and pushed though.  He has to complete his bachelor's degree in the next few years, but in the meantime he is working!

Last June I also was promoted to principal at a local elementary school.  It was a very long, hard year full of learning and reflection.  I have learned that the view from the cheap seats makes all decisions easy, but when you are the one on the field making the calls the waters are a bit more mucky.  I have learned that dealing with parents is hard, but leading people is even harder.  Trying to inspire people to be the best they can be every day is not an easy life.  Some days you just don't feel like being positive or fair, some days you just want to sit quietly and have have people do their jobs.  I feel like my life has become a game of cat and mouse and I am the cat, always on the look out for people, parents and students that are not doing as they know they should but want to see what they can get away with when I am not looking.  However, I love my job, I love my faculty and I love my kids so at the end of the day that makes it all worth it.

Last February I lost my mother-in -law.  She was very much like my mother.  She was loving and made sure everyone knew she loved them, she struggled with living in reality and spent more than she earned.  She differed in the area of jobs, she worked for a wonderful doctor since August of '81 and she was loyal to him until the day she died.  She was awesome, and I will be forever grateful to her for making me feel loved and valued.  She was a grandmother to my daughter and was our safety net in life.  She lost her battle with cancer on February 19th, she was 67.

Lastly, we purchased a home.  It had been almost 5 years since I lived in a house and I am so grateful to be here.  We signed the papers the day my mother-in-law went in the hospital so the only sad part was she never got to see it, but knew we were buying it and was very excited for us.  I truly feel at peace in this house, it feels like a home.

I am excited about my future and where I will end up, and so as I finish this entry, I start to think about how content I am with my life.  It is boring but busy and very predictable and I love it that way.

I have often thought about what would make me content and I always thought it would be money, but it just took a change of heart and thinking.  I wonder, what makes you happy?

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