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03/12/2013

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Grace

Chad, thank you for reminding us that taking care of ourselves is important for all stages of our career.

Chad Bauman

Thanks Grace,
I think so many of us blow the first years of teaching so far out of proportion that we forget to do what we deep down know is best for us. Getting tenure certainly helps, but you're absolutely right that taking care of oneself is an important thing to do at all stages in one's career (and even for the sake of one's career)!

grace

Monica,
Thank you for your comment. You have got a handful with a teen and a newborn. Please continue to take good care of yourself and I hope your students will gracefully offer you second/third chances. blessings to you my friend.

Monica

Great blog Grace! And I'm now in the teach and parent phase and I hope my students are giving me second and third chances (as I try to give to them) as I figure out how to make it all happen on less than ideal sleep. Endeavoring to learn from those who came before, I'm remembering the self-care part! Blessings!

grace

Again, so grateful to each of your comments. I wish i can respond to each of your comments, but this site is unable to do so. All your responses of your own personal experiences of grace and second chances is very comforting to me. And to Mary Hess - my personal suggestion is to take it one day at a time :) Thanks for your leadership!

grace

thanks for all your wonderful comments, thoughts and encouragements. This is all very encouraging to me.

Mary Hess

AMEN. I wish I knew how to do this as well as you do. Do you have any good advice for how to start?

kenyatta.gilbert@gmail.com

Thank you, Dr. Kim-

What a refreshing reminder to make conscious decisions daily to honor God, ourselves, and those whom we love by making our health and happiness a priority. Though I am a father, here are a few things we share in common: I have three daughters (two arrived during my doctoral studies and one after my program); had developed and endured similar medical ailments as you (but now on the mend); know about carting my little ones to and from school, taking them to my meetings and the like; and, have for the past year worked out daily while taking my multivitamins. Even still, the great similarity is what we can acknowledge without reservation: we are in constant need of grace.

Thanks for sharing this. What a refreshing reminder to honor self!

Be well,
K.R. Gilbert

Jane Williams

Thank you, Grace, for this reminder of second chances and of the need to give those second chances to others and ourselves. I have received so many second chances in my life, and am grateful. God reminds me frequently of the graces of second chances and I hope that I am grace-full enough to remember to offer second chances to others. I love what the airlines "emergency procedures" message says -- before trying to help someone else with an oxygen mask, be sure to put your own on first. Sounds initially selfish, but makes ultimate sense.

Rob Muthiah

Hi, Grace,

Thanks for your post! Your words about second chances were right on the mark and so encouraging. When I was getting started teaching, I had to keep reminding myself that it was ok that I wasn't the teacher I hoped to be 5 or 10 years down the road. I couldn't get to where I hoped to be without taking the first inexperienced steps. In connection with what you shared, I had to give myself second chances. I've realized over the years that others are actually more willing to give me second chances than I am myself -- I put a lot of pressure on myself to do things in a certain way and now and then I get a glimpse into the reality that my colleagues and students don't have as rigid of expectations of me.

I also appreciated your comments on attending to our bodies and the challenges of working parents. Thanks for sharing!

Peace,
Rob Muthiah

Richard Ascough

Thanks Grace, what a great reminder of the important to cut ourselves some slack and try, try again when things don't go the way we hoped. After all the hard work throughout doctoral studies of "perfecting" our research, our c.v., and our (adjunct) teaching it is hard not to carry these expectations of perfection into our first full teaching position, and lose sight of other important things like our health and life-career balance.

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