Straight up- I feel a little hungover from all of the information I just received from the trauma informed schools conference I just attended. Maybe hungover is not the right term because I feel great; renewed, empowered and focused. Though I’m having a tough time summarizing the valuable take-aways because they were so powerful and I don’t want to diminish their power with my summary. One of the great presenters from the conference described her experience when she first began her journey as ‘being struck by lightning.’ She couldn’t have said it any better, as that’s exactly how I feel.
Yet- today was a little bit of a test… to see how much my ‘paradigm shift’ would be in practice. And goodness gracious- this is GENUINELY going to be a journey. This will NOT be easy. BUT I’m NOT giving up! All good things take work to achieve. By understanding the importance and the VALUE behind the NEED to take this journey, I have more of a buy-in. My greatest concern is how to get the same buy-in from others. I’m NOT trying to sell something, I just BELIEVE that it’s the right thing to do.
I know my ‘window of tolerance’ right now is very small due to my stress level being high (considering the to-do list and the before-school-gets-out-for-the-summer behaviors), so I forgive myself a little for not being as successful as I would’ve liked to have been today. But as one of my teammates reminded me, I need to take it slow and keep trying. So today, I truly realized the need for COMMITMENT. Therefore, I am choosing to commit my best efforts to providing a ‘regulated’ environment and build strategies in supporting others when dysregulated. With this commitment- comes HARD work; but I know it’ll be worth it!
Again- I’m truly over-the-top excited about sharing the information I just sponged-up at the Trauma-Informed-School Conference, but I’ll save that for a later date OR simply share my experiences through small-steps of implementation. If you’d like to know more, please feel free to ask me. I will direct you towards some fantastic resources.
Till then, I’ll leave you with a few quotes/photos to keep you ATTUNED to yourself and others around you….