I am well in to my elementary music and dance life and I have noticed that in elementary school everything is (obviously) smaller…the students, the school building, the class sizes, the length of my classes and of course the chairs! I’m starting to wonder if my switch to elementary school is a sneaky, well timed trick the Universe has played on me.

Make.  Things.  Smaller.

I am a self-proclaimed workaholic.  Since the birth of my daughter three years ago I have tried in earnest to keep up with my workaholic identity, but being a wife/mama and being a workaholic is too difficult for me, especially when I want to be a good wife/mama and a perfect workaholic.  I am learning to let go and say no (thank you).  I am also learning to to scale down my plans and ideas.  This doesn’t mean I am stifling my creative nature, but rather enabling some constraints on what I can realistically do, and do well. This means clearly identifying my key interests in both my work life and personal life and honing in on those specific details, rather than spreading myself thin across a myriad of activities and tasks.

My hand drawn version of Greg McKeown’s “Essentialism” image.

I didn’t prep very much this summer for my new job because I had no idea what I’d be walking in to this school year.  I did scribble down a few ideas, but instead of planning them to their entirety, I decided to let them simmer and see what the learners were interested in first. Now, with one month of school complete, I realize even my few scribbled ideas will inevitably be too much for a year’s worth of music/dance lessons at the elementary level.

Make.  Things.  Smaller.

Last year I struggled a lot with the idea of applying for a Masters degree.  I’ll be honest and say I think the reason for this Masters obsession is because I know how much Meaghan is learning right now and I know she works so diligently on her Masters degree and I have extreme FOMO when it comes to all things education related.  After a lot of counsel from wise educators I trust, I decided to step away from the Masters idea…but I started looking into various 5+ certifications instead.  Let me be clear in saying that I do not have time for post-graduate studies right now.  I think I’ve finally settled with the idea that I am going to attend one (maybe two) professional development conferences in Vancouver this year.

Make.  Things.  Smaller.

I am curious about this newfound life pattern of constantly shrinking and consistently focusing in all areas of my life.  I used to want more, be more and do more, but I have reached a point at the very early start of my third decade that has me thinking and believing that less is indeed more.  I’ve always had a tiny, thin thread of minimalism in me…maybe it’s time to explore where that almost nonexistent thread leads!