Since writing about my #oneword2016 in January (post found here), I have started a new journey in my professional career. This has been a significant change for me after spending the last 19 years teaching in a secondary school. The decision to resign from my HOD Health and Physical Education position at the end of last year was to enhance my wellbeing. The year had taken a toll on all dimensions of my wellbeing, and it was time for a change. I was heartened by the many people who supported me in making this decision and taking a step into the unknown. I enjoyed a fabulous summer break with friends and whānau. My new role was not confirmed until early February and I did not start until the 18th February. The three weeks between my boys starting back at school and me starting my job was a real blessing – I was able to be around for the boys as they settled in to a new school year; I was able to spend some precious time with my Mum, including frequenting the movies three Tuesdays in a row!; I was able to visit my sister who had just moved cities and was settling in to her new community; I was also able to spend time in my own company and just enjoy each day and be grateful.
I am loving my new job! It is giving me the opportunity and ‘space’ to undertake a lot of professional reading, to reconnect with with key educational documents, to engage in professional dialogue, to immerse myself as a learner, and the thinking that I am able to do is awesome! I am surrounded by people who are passionate about Health and Physical Education and improving outcomes for young people. I am excited about having started the #edchatnz MOOC this past week, and this coming week I am beginning a Te Reo Puāwai Māori course with CORE Education that I am really thankful for (and links nicely to my goal from my original post). My new role is making it much easier for me to ensure I achieve a greater balance in my life.
In two weeks time I am running the Hawkes Bay Half Marathon. One of my goals written in my original post was to enter a running event that I had not previously participated in (not quite achieving the bonus point for it being in a location that I had not visited before), so this is it, for now at least, who knows what the rest of the year may bring. I entered this event feeling pretty positive about it; I ran 23.5km early February at the Tarawera Ultramarathon (leg 3 of the relay), and while it was a tough day at the office, I completed it and knew therefore that I was currently up to the distance, and with some more training might run it more comfortable than I had at Tarawera (not to mention on a significantly flatter course!). However running is a funny thing… the mind can play tricks on you, and when it comes down to mind over matter, the mind matters! So not long after writing a wonderfully positive account of my running and the positive impact on my hauora, things took a turn for the worse and I suddenly found myself in a very negative headspace when it came to running. I was not enjoying it; I didn’t feel great physically, but I felt even worse mentally. I was questioning why I was running at all. I participated in a 10km event that I didn’t feel great about, and I was not feeling at all good about the upcoming half marathon. I was very grateful to my Mum, sister and friend for encouraging me through this tough patch. I am even more grateful that in the last week my mental space has improved greatly, and I am now enjoying my running again, and feeling like I can enjoy this event in a couple of weeks time.
I think this last experience has been an example of the interconnectedness of the dimensions of hauora – how one can have an impact on the other, for better or worse.
I am very happy with and thankful for the progress I am making towards my #oneword2016.