It’s funny how we tend to be most productive when we have the least amount of time to do things. This past weekend – the whole week really- has been a whirlwind for me. I’ve had assignments to turn in, classes to observe, situations to correct, decisions to make – the works! But was I stressed? Not very much. Were there late nights? Of course. Was I tired throughout the day? Yes, at times. And did I manage do get it all done and to my satisfaction? For the most part, yes.
As busy as the week had been, I had started to dread the conference that I knew I would be attending this weekend. After all, I was lacking even the energy to stay awake through two full days of workshops, not to mention the energy that would be required to put my best professional foot forward and network with old and new colleagues. However, I am pleased to say that after making it through the weekend conference I am feeling inspired. Yes, inspired is truly the word! It reawakened some passions within me that I had forgotten in the chaos of the past couple years. I’m also in more of a reflective mood after this conference. I’m not sure what my future holds, but I’m excited about the possibilities.
Some topics at the conference included childhood obesity, civil rights in education, children’s love language, and the trends of the 21st century. All were very fascinating to me. The biggest surprise of the weekend? I was elected secretary/treasurer for the upcoming year. Other pleasant surprises were the unexpected goodies, yummy food, and intimate moments around the dinner table with friends and colleagues (who felt more like family this weekend.) I am so thankful for the connections I have made not just as a result of this conference, but because people have taken the time to invest in my life and encourage me to take advantage of opportunities such as this.