this does not apply to 'world peace'... 'a cure for cancer'... 'to end homelessness'... 'I want a pony'... well, maybe the last one.
All those 'wants' are great. I want world peace too. I want a cancer-free world too. I want everyone to have a home too...
But we all gotta start somewhere... 'Start Small- End Big', I always say. So let's master how to get exactly what we want in terms of the 'small stuff', then we can go from there. After all, if you have little things... and little ones, around you that make you happy- you're going to be a better mom and person and you'll be happier...
Happier? A Better Person, you may say? Yes. And here's how to do it-
I am revealing an age-old philosophy... a formula... a system of beliefs, if you will.
DC Metro area public school systems are bracing themselves for 2 things- spring
statewide mandatory standardized testing and the effect of shrinking budgets on staffing projections for the
coming school year. As in years
past, the economy continues to force school systems to make additional cuts but this year many counties are forced to reduce the number of teachers which will have a direct impact on teaching and learning.
Late last week
staff allocations to Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) principals were
released and the future looks grim.
In a message to staff from Superintendent Dr. Jerry Weast, class size
throughout MCPS will increase by one student that will eliminate a total of 252
positions- 142 in elementary schools and 55 each at middle and high
schools. Additional reductions in
staffing can be made depending on enrollment and central services will take
hits as they have over the past 10 years.
Work/life balance. It's a phrase that gets bandied about by the media and by various experts. We lament. We juggle. We all try to figure out how we can keep things running in our lives -- maybe not always smoothly, but at least without too many bumps.
There are those who like to remind us of the saying -- you can have it all, just not all at the same time. And maybe that's true to a certain extent, but I hate when people use it to suggest that women shouldn't expect to be able to work full-time and have our employers understand that the realities of families today are a whole lot different than when our parents were raising families.
Except they should. We all should. Not because we want a favor, but because the face of working in America is radically different today than when the current workplace structure became the norm back in the 1950s. I don't know anyone whose family resembles the Cleavers, yet the workplace, for the most part, is still designed to deal only with that model -- where there is only one working parent and the other stays home to deal with after-school activities, sick children, and aging parents. That just ain't the way things are anymore, yet we're all expected to work that way and are often penalized when real life intrudes.
Maria Shriver, the Center for American Progress and NBC have been having a party, of sorts, with the launch and roll-out of The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything. The gist of the report is this -- now that women officially make up half of the American work force, that's bound to help things change for us in terms of work/life balance, equal pay and how we as families negotiate family and work obligations.
We should have more power because our numbers in the workforce are rising and we're the ones who make 80% of the big ticket money decisions in our homes. But does all that translate into real change in the workplace?
One of my close friends from work was fired. (That isn't the strange part.)
The strange part is that I was jealous.
What kind of person feels envy when another person gets fired? I guess the kind of person who is miserable with her job.
I resigned last night.
I know it is insane to quit a job in this economy. I cannot sit here and say that I didn't need the money, but I can sit here and say that I have smiled more in the last 12 hours than I have in the entire week before that. I can say that I feel less stressed than I have in months. I can say that I feel like I lost a ten pound knot in my stomach.
These days, the topic on everyone's mind is healthcare. You can't turn on the television, listen to the radio or pick up the newspaper without hearing of the latest "town hall" meeting or a new debate about healthcare reform in Washington, DC. Quite frankly, it is EXHAUSTING and CONFUSING! On August 18-19, 2009, Silicon Valley Moms Groupcontributors will add our voices to the fray. Through written and video blogging, we are sharing our stories and opinions on this important topic. Please join Silicon Valley, Chicago, DC Metro, New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Deep South, Rocky Mountain, Los Angeles, Canada and 50-Something Mom Blogs as we host our own virtual town meeting on healthcare. Let's hope they hear us on Capitol Hill.