The mother of all… sheds

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A colleague asked, the other day, if you had a word, just one word, to describe your intentions and hopes for the year ahead, what would it be? There were some splendid examples. Fire. Belief. Determination. The question lingered for a few days before, through a series of events, I came up with balance.

I’ve looked on at all the well-being and work-life balance blogs, and the wonderful #5aday initiative with a mixture of admiration and something that slightly resembles bashfulness. People share these with me – I’m the expert, remember? I’ve been researching the subject for three years – promoting it, listening to others (and in particular, parent-teachers), blogging, writing articles, listening some more, and writing some more. Before I stopped. Or paused. And with a kind of stunned sense of hypocrisy, realised just how thoroughly exhausted I’d become. Just how absent I’d been – if not physically, then…

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About gwenelope

English and Media Studies teacher in the wilds of Coventry, about to start my tenth year, which in itself is frankly terrifying. In the small pockets of free time I have have been known to do things like Tough Guy, circuit classes and swim often, very often. It is what keeps sanity near and insanity at bay.
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