How often do we pause & think about why we are grateful? Today, the #momsasprincipal bloggers are reflecting on the things, events, or people we appreciate. THANK YOU are two simple words that have the power to transform our health, happiness, performance, and success. Grateful people are happier & more likely to maintain good friendships. Gratitude and appreciation are also essential for a healthy work environment. A simple thank you can make all the difference. As Jon Gordon says, “Gratitude is like a muscle. The more we do with it, the stronger it gets.”
We are thankful for…
Thank you to our families for supporting our efforts to be working professionals who juggle the “60-Hour Workweeks” in addition to being a mom, wife, sister, daughter and aunt. Our families help us as we strive for work/life balance. Thank you to those who care for our children and love them while we love hundreds of children at school each day.
We are grateful to have the awesome and exhausting job title of ‘Mom.’ Our children bring us joy, make us smile and remind us that sometimes we need to put work on hold and live in the moment with them. We work to provide for our families and be models for our children; we know it is absolutely possible to be successful, working moms! And of course, we are grateful for the hundreds of students who we also consider “our children.” We are always striving to do what is best for them. And in return, they give us the best hugs and high fives. They always manage to say something that puts a smile on our faces. Our children, all of our children, keep us on our toes, and we would not have it any other way.
We appreciate our significant others for understanding when we need to talk and when we need to just be alone. Thankfully, they support us as leaders and respect that we sometimes can’t leave work at work. We are glad that they attend our work functions as “the first husband,” and love that they are proud of us. Especially considering that they know there will always be late nights where dinner is most likely take-out! We are grateful that our husbands understand the pressure we experience as we juggle wearing so many hats. We are so thankful that our partners love us and support us through it all. Every.single.day.
We are thankful for being able to work in school communities that always put students first. We are fortunate to work alongside teachers and staff members who challenge, inspire, love and support students each day. We have the pleasure of working with the hardest working educators who are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure all children succeed and learn in safe, welcoming environments and live by the mantra of #kidsdeserveit.
Thank goodness we have found other education peeps out there who we can connect with! Our voxer groups, such as Principals In Action v2.0, Moms As Principals, Disco. Ball. Balance, Positive People, and SAVMP continually provide us with ongoing support and professional development. NAESP last year was an event to remember. It was so much more than an informative conference because we had connected through Voxer before coming together. Some people make your laugh a little louder, your smile a little brighter, and your life a little better. Who’s in for NPC17?!
We appreciate each other. There are a group of us original “moms”, and we co-write each of these blog posts. There is a quote by Jess Scott, author of The Other Side of Life, that says, ”Friends are family you choose.” We choose each other. No stone is unturned during our daily conversations. We laugh, cry, vent, and celebrate with one another. We push each other. We are proud of each other. We care about each other. You know that one friend who just “gets” you? We are lucky enough to have 6 of them.
Now, it’s your turn. What are you thankful for? Who do you appreciate? Take some time to write down your gratitude. Make a point to tell people about your gratitude. Share your thoughts with one person or put your thoughts out to the universe through social media. Share your thankful thoughts with us in the comments section. It doesn’t matter how you choose to express your gratitude; it matters that you take the time to simply do it.