We learn and adapt our behavior in the small things we do and notice every day. In 2017, I'm keeping track of these tiny lessons and adaptations in my life.
Having a Good Network is Everything
This week I had the honor of being interviewed about a new social good project and about a resilience and data project for NetHope. I also found a job description I really liked and was able to make some connections with the hiring managers because of my network. I love when I feel like I've built a fabric of connectedness I can walk on with all the support I need. I wish this feeling for everyone.
How to Own My Self-Care
My office has a very nice gym in the basement, and before the 2 year old I would go there most every day after work. This week I returned for 1 day, and I went at about 2pm during a time I didn't have meetings. Somehow I saw every person I know and work with on my walks to and fro the gym. I felt ashamed and embarrassed because I figured they were all thinking that I was taking precious work time for myself. I was. Then, I thought, this should be the norm. To have a healthy, prevention focused workforce is to have a cheaper workforce, so we should all be encouraged to hit the gym when we have a moment.
Living with Sickness
I have been sick with flu like symptoms basically since my foster son moved in and started daycare. This week I had a particularly painful bout with fever and sore throat, but since this is happening about once/week I have to just push forward and live and work through it. It makes parenting much more exhausting but I think I've been faking it well.
Make Time for Yourself
For the first time since I became a foster parent, I hired a babysitter and went to a concert with some friends. I worried about doing this so much, but everything went well and I realized that if I continue to be a foster parent during the years to come, I will be able to lean on support to also continue to take care of myself.
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