There is always a reason not to. There are always barriers. There are always nay sayers. Sometimes, just sometimes, not doing ‘it’ is worse/scarier/more daunting than actually taking the plunge.
After almost twenty years of educating other people’s children, loving them, nurturing them, caring for them and making their journey my life I have come to realise that there should be more to life. My drive, passion and dedication to education has meant that my relationships with my husband and own children are not as healthy as I want them to be.
Educational leadership is an all consuming vocation. The hours are relentless, the demands are great and, while the rewards are astounding in many ways, they are not sufficient, in my view, to miss out on my own children’s childhood.
Work-life balance is a term that is banded around relentlessly. Self-help books talk about there not being any such thing as ‘balance’ but rather life should be work and work should be life. If you find your passion, then you love what you do and do what you love. So many cliches.
For the past six years, since the birth of our first daughter, I have been juggling, balancing, battling to find time to be the mother, wife and educator that I want to be. Everything to everyone. It took an unsuccessful job move, a near nervous breakdown and a diagnosis of ‘burnout’ to actually stop and take stock of the situation.
This led to the realisation that there is no such thing as balance. There is only give, give and give. If I want to be part of my family’s life, be mentally and physically present at the weekends, actually take leave from the ‘day job’ then something had to change.
So, it was this experience that led to me handing in my resignation and deciding on a new path.
Here I am. After all these years identifying myself as a ‘teacher’ an ‘educator’ a ‘Headteacher’ a ‘Principal’. I suddenly find myself without a title. Without a globally accepted description for ‘who I am’ or ‘what I do’. This is daunting I have to tell you. There is, however, a plan.
Over the course of the next year, maybe more, maybe less, we will be embarking on a journey of discovery.
A life adventure and the adventure of a lifetime.
We will homeschool the children, wherever we are, using each location as the inspiration for learning. Taking continuous provision and child-led learning to the next level we will explore the world through the lens of our children. Exploring and learning authentically and in real-life contexts.
The world will be our classroom.
Along the way we will visit, research and learn about the most interesting, innovative and inspirational learning institutions on the planet. Taking ideas, writing about our findings and putting their methodologies into practice as we travel.
So who am I?
I am a mum, a wife, an educational researcher, a travel writer, a teacher, a homeschooler, a student of the world and, as of right now, a blogger!
Check in to follow our journey into the great outdoors and the great unknown…..