As a student I used to dread exams, the time that I used to study seemed hard and unnecessary. I thought that I had done the work and I knew my stuff. (My marks often demonstrated the truth or not of that!)
As a teacher I understood the need for them, but dreaded all the marking. The demonstration of how little or how much my students had taken in over the course of the year.
Now I am a stay at home mum with no exams to set, mark or even sit, and I am struck once more by how useful the process is.
Continue reading “Now what?”
I have been in a season of good things, a season of great things, a season of wonderful things that all happened one after another. I feel like I turned 40 and my life went crazy in the best sort of way. So from my birthday to now – the past three months have been very busy.
At the moment my spirit feels like a dust cloud, so many particles up in the air vying for my attention and I can’t see a clear way forward. Yet I am trying. So I am fumbling through the cloud, and getting sand in my eyes and throat, and wondering why I can’t see clearly and why I just can’t breathe.
Continue reading “the next right thing”
I have just spent a couple of days down by the beach.
We have been going through a pretty crazy season in our household with a lot of things on. So packing to go away was a bit of a hassle. Having to organise the kids and myself and going somewhere different. Having to make sure that we had enough warm clothes and food for the weekend.
But I forgot, the sea is calming for me.
Continue reading “The break I thought I didn’t have time for”
I am in the in-between time, where the plans have be made, the flights have been booked, pretty much everything is done bar packing the suitcase, and yet nothing more can really be done. I am prepared as much as I can be, and now my job is to wait until the appointed time before I can embark on my journey.
Continue reading “the not quite yet”
I have had a lot on my plate of late. I have been struggling through it all exhausted and wondering how I am going to manage everything. I have to-do lists strewn throughout the house, in fact I really should collate all those lists (hmm … put that on my to-do’s) See that’s how crazy it has been getting!
But on Monday I had a revelation. Instead of sitting down with the lists and trying by sheer force of will to get through them, I stopped.
Continue reading “Sometimes the wisest thing to do is stop”
After a holiday, after a sleep, after a pause or a rest, there is the time when you start again. The time when you pick up the things that have to be done and the things you want to do. But you also have to implement the decisions that were made in the clarity of the pause.
Continue reading “… and starting”