Taking the first steps to launch this blog started over a year ago. There were many conversations with my husband, Andy, on what to share and write about. These tiny little seeds are now beginning to sprout. I want to express how excited and nervous I am to let it begin to germinate. And how grateful I am to have a partner like Andy Vasily as my biggest fan and supporter. I hope to find my voice, to speak my truth quietly and clearly, and to share what I believe to be important, to fuel positivity, health and well-being for all.
My family and I are about to board a plane destined for Hiroshima, Japan. As always, when we settle in and buckle up, the flight attendants proceed to announce the safety instructions. One of the things they initially mention is that it is necessary to 'put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others in the event of an emergency'. Such an important message to take hold of and remember not only while in flight but in our own lives.
As educators we constantly serve others but often fail to remember that we must recharge ourselves in order to continue to be of service to our students and colleagues. How often do we fail to take care of ourselves? This is one of the very first things that I want to share on my mindfulness journey blog. The reminder to take the time to ensure that we look after ourselves is key to having the impact that we desire to have on others.
Neila Steele & Andy Vasily