I had the wonderful opportunity to receive training this week in Chicago, along with some of the ladies on my Team. The training was awesome and I loved getting the chance to spend time with Corinna, Brandi and Rachel as we all work to grow our management skills. Actually, it’s misleading to say we were in Chicago! Our flights landed at O’Hare but then we went straight to a southern suburb for the two days of training. It rained most of our visit, thus we didn’t venture out to the city. I never even saw the Chicago skyline!
Getting home on Thursday night late, I didn’t get much sleep before having to be at work Friday morning. Most of the day involved a long meeting with folks from corporate and our local office to discuss a process that’s transitioning from my plate, now that I’ve taken on managing the entire Admin Team. It was draining for me – emotionally and mentally. By the grace of God, I was able to stay present and engage appropriately. It was hard because earlier in the week, I had to be assertive to get upper management to understand that this role HAD to be reassigned to someone else. I’d been trying to get this message across for months, but clearly compromised too much and therefore they continued to expect me to fulfill the role! So, in this half-day meeting I had to navigate the dance between being helpful in the transition while stepping back from taking on too much responsibility.
Then, all these meetings and discussions went long and I didn’t make it to Teo’s class party to help out. Fortunately the Room Mom and I chatted the week before. When I told her I’d just be getting back from Chicago on Thursday night, she said she wouldn’t count on me to help with the party, if I could just bring her the veggies and treats before I left. Good thinking, Room Mom!
Friday afternoon we needed to run an errand before Sienna and I went to a slumber party. I was looking forward to helping for the evening and spending time with friends, but I was tired. Also, the errand was making us late for the party, which made me uncomfortable and frustrated. The kids and Dennis could see that I was flustered as we rushed through Target and I had several moments of prayer and defusion to keep myself from losing it. “Kelsey, it’s fine. You’re going to be late but Kristi will understand. You do not want to take your frustration out on your family,” I told myself.
Finally, Sienna and I were driving to the party. She’s big enough to sit in the front seat now! I was still working to get out of my head, with all the thoughts of the workday swirling around my mind. Suddenly, Sienna touched my arm gently and said, “Thank you.”
“Thank you for what, Lovie?” I asked.
“For everything. For the Cambridge School. For everything,” she replied as I looked into her big brown eyes.
“Oh, you’re so welcome,” I said as tears started to flow beneath my sunglasses.
I took a very deep breath and exhaled, thanking God for this loving and wise little daughter who so often reminds me of what’s important in life. Her simple words of gratitude made me feel seen and appreciated. These days of busyness with work, school, and family life are all for a reason. It’s okay for me to be tired and not have it all together, all the time. What fuels my efforts is love for my sweet children and loving husband. It’s all worth it.