So about two weeks ago my second book, “Keep the Fire Burning: Avoiding Teacher Burnout,” came out. To say I was ecstatic was an understatement. Not only had I reached a goal of finishing a book in a 4 month time period but my company, The Educator’s Room, had published its first book to help teachers! Needless to say I blasted my good news all over social media and to all of my friends and family.
Everyone was happy for me but as I told my good news I noticed that there were some people who met my good news with a silence..then a forced congratulations and a quick leave. Now these weren’t people I would consider “friends” of mine but they are people that I see on the regular so I assumed they would be happy for my success.
I was wrong. Instead, my good news was met with eye rolls, whispers and even innuendos that my good news could not be true. Why can’t women support one another without throwing ‘shade’ on another women’s accomplishments?
It’s simple..everybody is not happy for your success.
I thought plain old hate went out with middle school but apparently I was wrong.While it may seem that I have it all together, really my life is hectic and chaotic 90% of the time.
This is what a sample day looks like for me..
Everyday I get up at 5am to read, respond and send emails dealing with my company. At six I get dressed for work and then me and my husband get three children dressed and fed breakfast. I then proceed to drop off the kids to school and go work 9 hours in a place that is not only loud and noisy but many times dysfunctional. After playing mama. psychologist, parole officer and teacher to about 100 kids, I go home to be with my kids. As soon as I hit the door, I start dinner (unless it’s a leftover night) and then help them with their homework. After dinner there’s a little of television video game time (while I attempt to answer more emails and phone calls) then there’s bath time. Once the kids are finally down to sleep, I can then work out (45-60 minutes) then I shower and get in the bed to do some more work. By the time I fall asleep it’s usually around midnight.
That right there is a light day for me. If the kids have an event, my husband has to work late or I get stuck at school later my day is even longer. So while some people may be upset that I get things done, my life is not glamorous.
So in the end when I see another women making her dreams come true, I congratulate her. I don’t question how she did it, I’m just glad that she did it!
Now as you know with any release of a book, the hard part is after the book is out. Right now I’m ‘knee deep’ in marketing for the book. We’ll be having a book signing either on April 18th or April 25th in the metro Atlanta area! Once I know a place I will post it here for everyone to see and attend! I’m so excited to meet everyone who supports everything I do! If you know of a good place in the city to have a signing, please let me know!
Mentioning marketing, I’ve been blessed to have some great friends, sorority sisters and family who have bought, read and recommended my book to a teacher they know! It’s a blessing to help teachers around the world.
Whew! Now that’s what’s been happening on my end of things..what about you guys?