As I sit here and eat my lunch on a very gray and rainy day, I'm taking stock of myself as a school psychologist. What have I learned in the last 5 years, that preempts my move from Initial to Professional licensed school psychologist? Now before you go any further with reading this post, please understand that I am in the beginning stages of trying to live mindfully in all aspects of my life, and this decision has had a massively negative impact on my stress-eating habits, but yielded incredibly positive changes in my waistline. When stressed, rather than re-actively reach for the nearest piece of chocolate or race to the nearest doughnut shop for two sumptuous chocolate frosted donuts, I've been allowing myself to experience my stress and examining the reasons behind my compulsions. I know, I'm rationalizing the fact that I am a bit dour and cranky today. I could wait to write this post when I am in a better frame of mind, however, seeing that my last post was published this past April, I'm striking while my writing irons are hot.
I could spend several hours and attack you with giant blocks of text on screen in my bid to share the highlights of my 5 years as a school psychologist, however I am choosing to exercise some restraint and come up with just 5 things that my job has taught me. One lesson for each year I've spent burgeoning as a school psychologist.
- My reports are my lasting legacy.
- Books in your office look nice, but get dusty
- Eating in the teacher's room is over-rated
- Sometimes it's okay to know and still say nope
- This is just a job
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