I love this quote so much because it`s such a great reminder to embrace the "as-isness" of your life and work with what you have. It`s the kick in the butt you need to embrace your complete reality and find the gold in the rubble. ⁠

Start where you are and GROW from there. ⁠

Think of one aspect of your career or role as a principal - school culture, staff support, curriculum support, fundraising, project development - and do ONE thing today to move the needle forward. ⁠

Keep it simple.⁠

Send out an email. ⁠

Call someone from your network. ⁠

Purchase a book.⁠

Read an inspiring quote. ⁠


After a few weeks, you`ll see all of these micro-actions will start adding up!⁠

Orchids are my favourite flowers! I've had this flower for 7 years! At first, when the flower petals fell, I thought the plant was dead, then I noticed the leaves were still alive and vibrant. I kept watering the plant every week and let it be. One day, it flowered once more and looked more vibrant and alive! I thought about this concept for a minute and examined how the cycle I had just observed could be applied to my own life. ⁠

Just like this plant was in a dormant phase, regaining strength for her next blossoming, we too need to rest, recharge and go into our own dormant stage. ⁠

But as busy principals, parents, spouses.... how does this look like in REAL LIFE?⁠

I've grappled with this question too, and I've come to the conclusion that we need to take certain steps - daily to make sure we are constantly streamlining our lives to create more white space to rest and recharge.⁠

Here are my go-to questions...⁠

Before taking on any new task, I ask myself - am I the ONLY one who can do this? Can I delegate this task or better yet, ditch it?⁠

Does this task align with my core essence, with my values?⁠

Will saying yes to something help me grow and nourish my spirit?⁠

If I review my current tasks and to-dos, is there anything that is no longer serving me?⁠

Are there people in my life that are draining me? If so, what should I do about them? Distance myself? Talk with them or leave them?⁠

I invite you to reflect on these questions and even add your own! The point is to create more white space to allow you the opportunity to "go dormant" so you can rest and recharge for your next big moment.⁠


Starting today, what is the ONE thing you will be taking OFF YOUR PLATE to help you recover?⁠

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As principals, whether we like it or not, we set the tone in our school. ⁠

If the leader is inspired, energized and optimistic, the staff will absorb those high vibes and respond accordingly. However, if the leader sees her work through a top-down, bureaucratic, transactional lens, this too will be reflected in the school's culture. ⁠

When starting off as a school leader, it's paramount to keep in mind what lens you want to adopt and what actions you need to take to ensure you show up as your most authentic self. ⁠

What actions do you take to ensure a thriving school environment? ⁠

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