There’s a lot of great stuff in this world. There’s also a lot of worry and doubt. That, plus dread, uncomfortable situations and most of all stress. Unfortunately, at times the latter gets the best of us. I always feel mine most just after the new year for some reason. About a week into January I feel the weight of everything on my shoulders, something unexpectedly frustrating will occur and I will feel buried underneath stacks of things that feel like they’ll never get done and Seattle’s ubiquitously overcast winter weather.
Then comes spring. Ah, spring. And all that nay-saying whips around to catch the sunlight and new ideas are born. That’s my right now; my favorite part of every spring. And this year, I’m framing my reflection around one word, happy.
Stress is something I feel an abundance of this year and it’s really affected my quality of life. I’ve always had a stressful job with too much to do and never enough of me to give, but I love it. Even still, every now and then, as any teacher (or human for that matter) knows, burnout occurs. This year I’m giving everything to my students, working on my professional certificate, the new teacher evaluation, a ton of curricular and standards changes, all while trying to have a life.
Doesn’t everyone want to live a little happier? That’s why I’m undertaking my own version of The Happiness Project. I’ll be posting life-related posts in a new series called Happy Life. For the full details on some steps I’ve been trying so far meet me after the jump.