Here I am again, another week has passed as one more begins. This one is unique because it is FINALLY spring break. I realize not every job has these built in vacations, but then again, not all jobs have a clientele of ages 14-19. It makes a significant difference in the maturity and progress of your workplace; the things that occur in my workplace environment are substantially different than your average desk job. In fact, in the past 4 weeks at my school we had a student fake an anthrax drop off (cleared the school out for almost 2 hours), had a fourth junior announce her pregnancy, and a freshman attempt to attack his Spanish teacher with a screwdriver (he did not succeed thankfully). I have had my own personally dangerous moments in years past, but have since managed a much more simple time at my high school.
I digress, it's finally spring break. I love time off; it's very relaxing, BUT it never seems to be very productive and then I stress at the end of break trying to cram everything in last minute. In the spirit of learning from my mistakes on this journey to healthiness, I've decided to write everything down. I guess this would be my accountability blog...
1.) Grade. This break needs to end with nothing left to grade. So I will break up my grading daily, perhaps a class a day, giving myself at least two days of absolutely no school work.
2.) Planning. I need to have the rest of the school year scheduled out by the end of break. If not, I will be scrambling during full work weeks throughout May and June. Not everything needs to be printed and prepared, but just laid out. I will not do this until after I have a considerable amount of grading done.
3.) I will not check my work email account until the last day of break. It's not worth the unnecessary stress.
4.) Closet Clean Out. I will organize my clothes and change out the winter to spring wardrobe. Who knows, maybe I'll find some clothes that fit again.
5.) Swim. I haven't been in a pool since summer, mostly because the pool times are restricted by my work schedule. I will get my butt in a pool at least three times this week for 45 - 60 minutes.
6.) Upper body strength training. I lift lower body 3x a week, but haven't incorporated arms, back, or chest yet and would like to do that this week. I also want to get on the rowing machine at some point this week.
7.) Group Class. I write this one down hesitantly. I'd like to change up my routine. I workout alone primarily because of a laundry list of insecurities and would like to try something whether that be yoga, Pilates, zumba, or even spinning.
8.) Healthy dinners. My husband tends to make dinner more than me, but with the week off I'd like to introduce him to a few more whole food possibilities of deliciousness. That means I'll be hitting the farmer's market and Trader Joe's early this week, but I like those places already so that's not a problem.
9.) Me time. It's ironic that the last thing on my list is me. Technically everything above this is for me, but in a different sense. I'd like to do things for myself - some as simple as clear out the DVR and open a magazine, others more emotionally complicated like try a massage or get a haircut (haven't in over two years). If I can do even just one thing that says I take pride in myself this week, I will have made one big stride.
I also have to take a moment to acknowledge that I seem to be coming down with something - sore throat, headache, sniffles - and need to take it slow in order to not wreak my immune system for the duration of the week. So I guess the unofficial #10 is to listen to my body and not over do anything.
I hope this keeps me more accountable then when I make mental notes and just forget about them hours later.
I'm on break.