I recently was asked by a colleague, "How do you do it all?" I honestly don't even remember how I answered because, I was in shock. In my head I was thinking...WHAT?! Do you have any idea the length of my "to do" list, how messy my house is, or that I haven't begun my Christmas shopping yet?
The truth is...
I have an enormous bag of unmatched socks in my laundry room.
There is a list of ideas I want to try in my class, but haven't yet.
My Christmas tree is not up.
I probably won't get Christmas cards out....again.
My inbox is not at zero.
We eat out too much, because I don't want to cook after being in my class kitchen all day.
Do I need to go on? I definitely am not near finished. The fact is, I don't do it all. My life is not a perfect snow globe sprinkling magic all of the time. There is a lot that I don't get accomplished and many areas of my life that I wish I was more balanced in. I struggle with that. I am a highly sensitive, intuitive person that cares deeply about all the people in my life. I not only want to be an amazing educator, but also a great mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and colleague. I don't want to let the people that I love down. I WANT to do it all and can begin feeling "less than" and inadequate in my various roles if I allow it.
I think sometimes in this world of social media we see all of this amazing stuff that our PLN, friends, and family are doing and think, "Wow! They have it all together! Look at all that magic sprinkling in their snow globe. Why can't I get it all together?" That perception can put us in a negative spiral if we let it.
So how do I shake that feeling of inadequacy?
I surround myself with people who accept me for who I am, flaws and all.
I stop comparing myself to others.
I make a list of all the things that I AM accomplishing.
I reflect on all that I'm grateful for.
I give myself grace.
So to all that think "I do it all". I don't. I have a beautiful life that I am so incredibly grateful for, but my snow globe is definitely not always sprinkling magic.
Tech Integration Specialist in Southern Oregon and author of Make Learning Magical. I'm passionate about finding innovative ways to transform teaching and create unforgettable experiences in the classroom.