I am still a new teacher . . . except that this is a 2nd career so I am a new teacher who is 44 years old.  I think that makes it easier for me to recognize that I must take care of myself in order to survive this career.  Teaching is the kind of career that will eat up all of you if you let it.  I am the kind of person who dives in and lets things take over my life.  I am consciously not doing that with teaching.  When I was teaching and going to school full-time, I was unable to do this well.  Both areas took over my life and I was simply lucky that I had a husband who stepped up.

But, this is my career now and it can’t be my whole life.  I have children who need my focus.  I have a husband who deserves my attention.  I have a house and garden that just won’t tend themselves.  And, I have a me who deserves time and attention as well.

So, I took time yesterday to do laundry for my family, to go grocery shopping for my family, and to do dishes for my family (and my sanity!).  But, I also took time for me yesterday.  I had a manicure and pedicure.  I had little bitty crystals imbedded in the nailpolish — the manicurist called them “diamonds”  🙂 — and I smile everytime I see them.  I got my hair cut.  I took some time to take care of me.

Even if I didn’t have the family that needs my attention and the house and the garden and . . . all that other stuff.  If I were a young, single woman, I would still need to take care of myself in the process of preparing for a new school year.  I deserve it and I’ll be a better teacher for doing it.

What have you done for yourself at this frantic “getting ready for school” time of year?