Why didn’t I do this sooner? Why haven’t you?

My last few posts have been a bit…ummm…down. Last week changed everything.

I recently wrote about balancing everything in my life and having to choose something to give up. I knew in my heart that the think I needed to give up was my seat on the Board of Education but I was really not willing to admit that out loud. The Board of Education is important to me, but not more important than my family and my career goals.

Tuesday night, I found out that I was not reelected to the Board. Instead of feeling sad, I felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I could start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Since Tuesday, I have gotten ahead of schedule on my to-do-list for the classes I am teaching and I put together a study plan for the GMAT. I am caught up with my calculus class and actually got to put in some extra time watching videos last night. I even got caught up on sleep!

I asking myself why I didn’t do this sooner. People had expectations of me. They expected me to be on the Board of Education and I expected myself to be the best Board member possible, which means I spent a crazy amount of time attending meetings, reading literature and talking to folks about education. All that took time away from my family and things I needed to get done for me.

Writing that sounds a bit selfish but I have to look at my future prospects. If I don’t get into a PhD program, that hurts my future ability to give and serve. Giving up some of that service today opens up the potential of great amounts of giving and service in the future. It also gives me time to spend with my husband, who has been incredibly wonderful the last few years. Over the last week, we have laughed together a lot.

I have really enjoyed the last week. I feel energized to move forward with the things I need to do and I am excited to see all I have accomplished. I already have people who have approached me to get involved in new things but I have declined. I am not going to get involved in anything else until I get a few more things off my plate.

Are you stressed, overwhelmed or far behind? Is there something that you should get off your plate? I would encourage you to find a way. You will feel so much better.


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