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Transcription: Hi and welcome to Self-Care for Educators, my brand new podcast about creating happy, healthy, bad-ass educators. I am your very excited host, Tina Boogren. In this introductory episode, I'm going to provide you an overview and hopefully get you really excited for what's to come and why I'm here. So here's the plan. Each week, we'll come together to do the essential work connected to self-care in a way that does not feel daunting, overwhelming, or stressful because let's face it—we've got enough of that going on this year to last us an entire lifetime. Each episode is going to be bite sized. We're talking under 10 minutes. Why? Because I want to honor your time. See, it's my hope that by keeping each episode short and sweet, you won't be able to find a reason to not listen.
You can listen in your car, on a walk, while you're getting ready in the morning, while you're eating a meal, or as you're winding down for the evening. And in that focus time, I'm going to give you everything I've got in terms of the research and my own dedication to health, wellness, and happiness. What I'm going to do every week is offer up an overall theme for us to focus on.
Examples of themes include things like nutrition, sleep, technology, relationships, exercise, habits, morning routines ... you get the idea. And, then I'll offer up ways that we can explore that theme for the week. These will be invitations for us to explore on our journeys toward learning how to get back to living our very best lives.
Along the way, I'll also be asking you for your suggestions and celebrations, as well as your stumbling blocks and challenges, because here's the deal to me—this is not just a podcast. This is a community. This is us. We are the teachers and principals and counselors and social workers. We're paraprofessionals and superintendents and instructional coaches and support staff. We're also moms and dads and aunts and uncles and friends and partners.
We are the caretakers, and we are damn good at it, But it's time for us to get back to ourselves—even if only for a few minutes each week—because what my hope is that through these invitations and hacks and strategies that we'll explore, we will rediscover what it is that makes us feel good. What lights us up and makes us jump out of bed in the morning in the hopes that we're going to find our why again. I want us so badly to move beyond the scary place of burnout and into creating a life that we don't need to escape from.
I am honored to be here with all of you as the author of five books with two more on the way and as an associate for both Marzano Resources and Solution Tree. My passion is about helping educators live their very best lives, because I've been there. I get it. I really do. I absolutely know what it's like to burn the candle at both ends and all the way down the middle. I know what that burnout feels like. And I know how terrifying that is, but I also know what it feels like to take control of my own life again and commit to putting myself first and get to a place where I feel better in my mid-forties than I've ever felt in my entire life.
And I want the same for you. I am here to help. I'm excited to help. Please. Let me help. I am so honored that you trust me enough to jump in and do this work with me. So get excited, write yourself a permission slip that grants you the permission to take time for you—with me. I can not wait to create this space together.
A huge shout out to Brooke for making this happen. I quite literally could not do this without you. Also a special thanks to Solution Tree and Marzano Resources for allowing me to have a "pinch me" job. And finally, thank you, my Self-Care Squad, for being so amazing.