"It’s not ‘What do I want to do?’, it’s ‘What kind of life do I want to have?’" Arianna Huffington from ThriveWhen I accepted the appointment as President Elect of my State's school library association in the fall of 2010 for the three year leadership term that lasted from 2011-2013, I had no idea that I would be a "Mom" in the late summer of 2011. The appointment included travel across the state and across the country. Twenty-six trips in two years, eight of these trips were out of the state in 2011 and 2012. This might not seem like a lot for someone who travels regularly but it was quite a lot for me as a new mom.
“Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, from Lean In
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I am not sure that I would go this far, but ... "There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women." Madeleine Albright quote
At the end of 2012 I struggled with how to proceed in my career, I knew that my travel should taper off somewhat given my new mom status and at the same time I wanted to continue my career and professional growth. I came up with several options to "lean-in" while still being present for my children.
- First - Work on my own school library program - make it the best that it can be
- Second - Write for grants to support my library program
There was a third thing that helped that was quite unexpected - I began to write. First, I began to record my work in my own school library program in this blog in May of 2014. Then I submitted an article to Knowledge Quest for the January 2015 journal.
Little, Hannah Byrd. "Prove it: putting together the evidence-based practice puzzle." Knowledge Quest 43.3 (2015): 62+.This boosted my confidence, so I applied and was selected to be an AASL Knowledge Quest blogger starting in July 2015. So, look for my posts coming soon to the KQ site.
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Here are a couple of books about career balance for women and moms
- Sandberg, Sheryl, and Nell Scovell. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. : Knopf, 2013.
- Huffington, Arianna Stassinopoulos. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-being, Wisdom, and Wonder. : Harmony, 2014.