I. I will be attending a speech pathology conference tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday. I have to go to this conference every year so I can obtain continuing education credits that are required for me to keep my speech pathology license and credentials. Although I sometimes enjoy the change of pace, of getting a few days away from my therapy routine and the endless amount of paperwork, for the most part I really don't like going. As I mentioned in a confession post last February, sitting in these conference sessions reminds me too much of sitting in my torturous speech pathology classes back in undergrad and grad school. I swear I suffer from a form of PTSD... LOL!
The best part of the conference is getting to see my speech path buddies. Although we work together in the same county, we rarely get to see each other due to... life. This gives us a good opportunity to hang out and catch up over lunch, dinner, and in between sessions.
II. Speaking of work, I feel as if I'm barely keeping my head above water. My caseload continues to grow. More students means more data to keep and enter online, more report cards to complete, more IEPs to write, more kids to test, more therapy to plan, more progress to monitor... I'm struggling to find a healthy balance between my work and personal life.
I'm not a work-a-holic, but I believe in giving an honest day's work and then being able to go home and leave work at work. With each passing year, that is becoming harder and harder to do because the district I work for basically expects us to be married to our jobs. I refuse to do that, so... Here I am, treading water and barely keeping the water just below my nose and seriously wondering if I'm going to be able to survive 13 more years.
III. Enough about work... Ugh! On to something more interesting.
As it turns out, this blog post is my 300th, which is very exciting and somewhat hard for me to believe. When I started blogging a year and a half ago, I never dreamed that my blogging would go in the direction that it has. I'm very glad that it did, for I've found a very valuable outlet for my sometimes overwhelming and never ending thoughts as well as a very supportive online community.
As of this writing, I have 44 blog entries in draft form. Granted, they all are in various stages of completion - some are just thoughts and others are more developed - and they range in topics from weight loss to books to confessions to the experience of a midlife crisis to little sneak peaks into my life. What I'm struggling with as of late, in terms of my blog, is reining in my thoughts long enough to actually finish a piece. It just seems as if my mind is constantly going these days and I'm finding it hard to focus. This has been a valuable experience, though, for I kind of have an idea of what attention deficit disorder is like.
If you are a regular reader, thanks for hanging in with me during this weird blogging roller coaster that I'm on.
As always, thanks for stopping by!