Another week down… It’s unnerving how quickly we’re spiraling into March. I’ve been working on figuring out what my intention is for March, and I definitely know what it needs to be… I just need to find a way to make it measurable/possible for me.
Yesterday was the Commit Scorecard event. Typically, this is one of my favorite events of the year. It brings Dallas together to talk about what’s been going on in Dallas education, highlights the work of the partnership, and generally inspires me to keep fighting. There’s usually a strong sense of urgency. This year was different. Instead of feeling uplifted and ready to go, I left feeling worried about the lack of urgency. Maybe it’s just me projecting my feelings on to the event… but I missed the inspiration of year’s past. Todd and John B. King gave impressionable speeches, and I did appreciate what they had to say. But, make no mistake, our neighbor’s house is on fire. Don’t let the small gains shown lure you into complacency. There’s still an educational divide in Dallas… and there’s still a lot of work to do.
“We do need to do more faster.” – John B. King, former Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama
If you want to know about some of that work, let’s start with the fact that since President’s Day at least two of my schools haven’t had internet. TWO WEEKS. IN 2017. And, there seems to be no sense of urgency to fix that… The bigger problem? A huge local scholarship program has a deadline this week. I had asked the district to reach out to them to extend it. They did, once… but when we still didn’t have internet… I asked a second time. They refused. Suggested that a kid could reach out. Because ONE kid is going to change someone’s mind when you could be the one calling on behalf of 8,000 students? I just threw up my hands yesterday afternoon and cried in my office. Sometimes I can’t believe these humans and I are of the same species. After crying, I got. mad. af. And then I got to work. Because that’s what I do.
Moving on to the frivolous
- I’m in desperate need of a new purse. I don’t think I’ve bought a new one since 2013. I’m not a big purse kind of girl… but I like to have a place for my business cards, receipts, an inside pocket to put things in, and a bag that I can completely close. I like classic styles (like this) and colors that pop throughout the year. Who has a bag and wallet they love?
- I went to YBarre twice this week… and after the first day, I turned into Hurricane Sara. Nothing was safe. I was a woman on a mission. The second day wasn’t quite as productive, but I think I stayed up too late the night before. Either way, I need to find a way to make this a priority. It’s good for my soul.
photo credit: l’amour de paris
- I’m so eager to start planning our Italian adventure, but I’ve just been slammed with work for the last two weeks. I’m also trying to figure out where I want to do our pictures for this year… I just love our mini sessions… but I guess that requires me to know where we going. First world problems for sure. Anyone follow any amazing Italian lifestyle photographers that I need to know about?
photo credit: facibeni fotographia