Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Jumping off this cliff

I've wanted to write a blog for a long time and actually created one back in 2009 but I got as far as just staring at the screen. This time at least I'm getting words on the page! I think there were several factors that made sitting down and just jumping off this cliff so hard for me with one being the time factor. We're all busy so what's one more thing right? Now, I realize it's more about learning to prioritize my day.

This is my first year as a school counselor having left the classroom just last May as I ventured into this dream. I barely kept my head above the water last summer trying to figure out how to schedule 400 kids in grades 6th through 8th in classes. I was lucky to have a great principal who worked right along side me to show me what she knew and didn't know about scheduling. We worked together most of the summer well in the evenings and weekends to get that sucker done! Finally with school starting and comprehending the volume of students that needed to see me just dumped more thoughts of "Nope, blogging is not going to happen!"

Anyone beginning their first year of school counseling is going to encounter how to prioritize their time without drowning and even some of you veterans might be experiencing this as well. I've read a lot of blogs this year just to get a handle on why your we're out there. We are instinctively drawn to help others whether it's a student crying because they don't have any food in the house or a school counselor a thousand miles away needing help with a classroom lesson over study skills.

Another factor from jumping off this cliff was what if I had nothing, I mean nothing, to really say besides complete utter ramblings? There, I said it and it's out there. I don't think it's a bad thing for us to be afraid to try things. We work with students and sometimes teachers that are afraid too and what better why for us to understand than to be where they are.

I'm going to reward myself with Hershey's Hugs as soon as I get this first blog published because hey I deserve it after jumping off this cliff. Hope to hear from y'all if you've ever felt afraid to try something new!

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