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Episode 37: Creating Spaces

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Transcription: Hi, and welcome to episode 37 of season two of Self-Care for Educators. I'm your host, Tina Boogren. This week's episode is an announcement and an invitation. So, the announcement is I'm going to take a little break on the podcast. I did this last summer, and I'm going to do this again this summer, and it's always hard to figure out when to do it. It would always be nice to do this, like, when everyone's out of school and then start again when everyone starts school, but you all finished school and you all start school at different times. So, it makes it tricky. So, I kind of was thinking, closing this out around Memorial Day and then starting up again around Labor Day. I'm going to give myself some freedom to change my mind if I so choose. But, that's my thinking right now. And, I want to explain why.

Oh, like all of us, I really, I need to create space, and I need to really walk my talk. And, one of the things that I know is when I get over-scheduled and over-busy things start to fall apart. And, for me personally, summer is my busiest time. It's kind of the opposite of what it used to be when I was in the classroom. So, as a consultant, this is the busy, busy, busy time. June is absolutely nuts. July is pretty darn full. August is absolutely packed, as is really September. So, I'm about to move into my kind of most hectic time. And, I really want to commit to taking care of my time and trying to figure out how I'm going to not just survive my busy time, but thrive. I've learned a lot. This will be my, my gosh, my 12th season of a crazy summer and doing this job, and I've learned a lot along the way. One of the big things that I know is I need to take some things off my plate that maybe work when I'm home more, that don't work so much when I'm traveling.

And so, I'm going to put the podcast there because I also want you to take a break, as well. By now, we've got two seasons of ... two seasons of multiple episodes that you can go back and revisit, or just take a break. There's something about creating space. There's something about distance makes the heart grow fonder. And, I want to. That's my announcement. And, I also want to present this as an invitation to you. As you think about moving into this summer, hopefully the pace kind of changes a little bit in your life. What are some things to let go of? What are some things that maybe you'll pick right back up again when the school year starts? And, I mean, there's some obvious things, but what are some other things that maybe you can let go of and create space around

I recently heard Elizabeth Gilbert speak. She's an author. And one of my favorite authors. In fact you might know her from a little book called Eat. Pray,. Love. that got pretty big. She also has an incredible book called Big Magic, and I just adore her. And, she's an amazing speaker. And, one of the things that she talked about was kind of an invitation for the women in the audience in particular to think about becoming relaxed. In fact, she posed a question of asking everyone in the audience if they knew anyone in their lives that they would describe as a relaxed woman. And, basically everyone started laughing. Because, the truth of the matter is probably not. Right? In fact, we use these very specific and incredibly adjectives to describe women--fierce and bad-ass and to borrow from the vocabulary of Berné Brown, vulnerable. Right? Open-hearted ... But, Elizabeth Gilbert invited us to think about adding a new word, relaxed, and I want you to ponder that as much as I have.

What would it mean to make decisions when you're relaxed? How do you move in and through situations from a place of being relaxed? And, I would argue that for most of us, the last school year we've been anything but relaxed. We have been anxious and overwhelmed and exhausted and burned out. And yes, we've had moments of joy and gratitude in there, but it's been hard. And, so as you think about this summer, as you think about moving into a different pace of life for a little while. How can you approach it from a place of relaxation and, not feeling guilty about that? What does it look like to really sink into that? The question I've been asking myself is like, what, what a relaxed woman do today? How would a relaxed woman handle this? And, it's been so eye-opening, and I've been bringing this up with so many friends and colleagues and anyone who will listen and engaging in these pretty incredible conversations about what this means. And, do we actually know anyone that is a special unicorn that is actually relaxed? And, how do they do that? How do they get there and how do we make sure that we don't wait until we're in our eighties to figure out how to be relaxed? How do we do this now? What does this look like?

So, I'm going to be contemplating that, and I'm going to be holding onto that as I move into my busy season here. And, I want you to know that I'm not going anywhere. I'm going to come back. I'm going to be active in the Facebook group, all that good stuff. I just ... This is something that I'm going to take off my plate and set aside for a little while, and then I'm going to come back rejuvenated and refreshed and excited to pick it back up again. As we move into, gosh, what will be season three ... In the meantime, I want to remind you guys that the merch is still available.

Oh, maybe a relaxed woman would treat herself to a new hoodie or a new notebook that they're going to start a new kind of ritual and habit and passion around journaling this summer, spending a little time, making your morning routine, drinking your coffee and doing some journaling, Whatever it is. So, feel free to jump on over there and treat yourself again. We've got links to the merchandise in our show notes around the Facebook group. And, as I said, I will continue to be as active as I can, as a relaxed woman over in the Facebook group. But, I'm also going to just allow myself a little bit of space, and I want to invite you to do this.

As always, a huge, huge thank you to Brooke for making this happen. I want Brooke to have a little space in her life as well. A thank you to Solution Tree and Marzano Resources for this job I get to do. And, to you, my bad-ass Self-Care Squad. I'm so stinking grateful for you. Ah, this is not a goodbye. This is just a little pause, and I cannot wait to welcome us all back together as a squad in a few months.

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