Life has been rather stormy for me lately. While visiting on the east coast this spring, my husband had a heart attack and emergency triple bypass surgery. This was certainly an event that forced us to slow down, reaffirm what is truly important, and to be grateful for continued life together. It has been a time to consider where to make changes, where to spend more time and energy, and what to leave behind. In this season of reflection on those, mandatory, must have, can’t do without aspects of life, I am led back to The Emotional Wellness Project with a renewed energy and passion.
It is also on these winds of change that I will be moving from my position at the largest elementary in Washington State to a school with a full one thousand fewer students. While I will deeply miss the wonderful friends, children, and families I have been privileged to work with, I am at the same time excited to form new relationships, learn new things, and partner with new colleagues. I am hopeful that the journey I am about to begin will provide an opportunity to restore balance to my work and family life and allow more time to spend on the Emotional Wellness Project including the first book. Yes, something is brewing!
As you can imagine, packing up after 13 years in the same office has been no small task and it has prompted me to think through my mandatory, must have, can’t do without counseling books and materials that I will need in my new school. I thought I would share what made my list. I hope you find some of your favorites and perhaps, something new.
My Mandatory, Must Have, Can’t Do Without
Counseling Books and Materials