September 30, 2022
I have missed you! It has been a while, right? Since we last talked, a few things have changed.
It’s been over six months since I hit “Publish.” My apologies. I’m hoping to do better. I promise it’s not from a lack of learnable moments, passion, and wanting to reconnect. In fact, I don’t know how to describe it, but lately, something just feels different.
And maybe you’ve experienced some kind of change in your life, too?
Rewind: That Was Then
In March, 2020, I had never been more excited about my upcoming schedule.
Over the next few months, I was planning to present and co-present at the NSTA Conference in Boston, the ISTE Conference in Anaheim, and the ASCD Conference in LA.
For a teacher who loves learning, and for an educator who loves educator stuff, and for a guy who absolutely loves networking and being around people all the time…
I was on top of the world.
And then… total shutdown.
Play: This Is Now
In October, 2022, I have never been more excited about my upcoming schedule.
Personally, my wife and I are expecting our second child by November 4th, 2022.
Professionally, I’m getting to open a brand new middle school as an assistant principal.
For an administrator who loves learning, and for an educator who loves educator stuff, and for a guy who absolutely loves his family, his wife, his child, and fatherhood…
I am on top of the world.
Pause: To Be Continued…
And it’s not to say that the personal and professional journeys were easy, perfect, or without their gut-wrenching challenges–because they weren’t.
And it’s not to say that this is your everyday look-at-me social media post indirectly designed to bring you into my brand in hopes of getting something in return–because it isn’t.
And it’s not to say that I don’t ever want to resume my passion projects, authoring opportunities, conference presentations, and extended networking adventures again–because I do.
It’s just that… Lately, I’ve been investing all of my time, energy, and focus into preparing for another baby and being an assistant principal–ONLY. Everything else has been put on pause. For now.
And that’s okay.
Fast-Forward: What Will Be…
As you learn, grow, and live your life story, there are different chapters. I’m in a different chapter than I was two-and-a-half years ago. I’m not the same person I was in 2020.
I’m not the same person I was yesterday.
And that’s okay.
And for all those who’ve turned the pages through any of my chapters with me so far… THANK YOU.
And if you’ve also been turning the pages in your own life story lately…
And if you’re also feeling that it just feels different…
And if you also want to comment or just want someone to listen…
I am here.
And we are okay.
It will be okay.
And maybe even better…