Back to Work

Well, here I am. Again. I’m trying to get back into the swing of things after happily spending the past four months in a tunnel of domesticity and the last three in a postpartum fog. I’ve been spending all of my time caring for this brand new, little guy, which has been as wonderful and as difficult (at times) as everyone said it would be. Every single thing in my life has changed.

It’s been hard to focus on anything other than Joey, but life requires that I find balance and continue on, even after these most significant life-altering changes. I was lucky to have the chance to simply be a mother for the first three months of his life. Now I am officially a mother and a teacher. I’ve never been both of these things at once before.

Luckily, I love my job, so going back to the work itself isn’t torturous as it might be for some. But I will seek some semblance of balance between my home life and my work life through trial and (surely lots of) error. I’ll likely be working on my online classes at 2am at times.

A friend advised that I make sure to be kind and forgiving to myself. I’m going to try that, for starters. I think that’s good advice for anyone…regardless of her life situations. I charge you to do the same.

Be kind to yourself. Forgive yourself daily. Do the best you can, but don’t expect to be perfect all the time.

About npiasecki

Instructor of Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Colorado Denver, specializing in 21st century skills, research, and creative nonfiction. Director of the Denver Writing Project, a local site of the National Writing Project's professional network for K through College educators.
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