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I got my Homeschooling with Heart totebag at the Cincinnati convention a few weeks ago. It came filled with goodies. (If you got one, you know what I mean!) I was cleaning my bag out the other day to pack some things in it to take to church. I found an mp3 cd of Cyndi Kinney (creator of Knowledge Box Central) talking about Homeschool Burnout.
I must confess something here – I almost threw the cd away. I thought “do I really want to take the time to listen to this?” But, something made me hold onto it; and I decided to take it along in the car to listen to on the way to Gracie’s violin lesson last night. Wow – I’m glad I did!
I titled this post simply “burnout” because I believe that I am suffering from burnout – not specifically homeschool burnout, but maybe life burnout. A lot of the symptoms that Cyndi mentions, I have. A lot of the stresses that contribute to burnout are things that I deal with on a daily basis.
I realize that a lot of these things are things that have been out of my control this past year – issues at church, family issues, the sickness and death of my best friend, work busy-ness. Sometimes I do get very frustrated and just want to throw in the towel. Not on life, mind you – but sometimes we moms just really need a break, don’t we?
It made me feel better to know that I’m not alone in these feelings. I had never heard Cyndi’s voice before and her southern charm was enjoyable to listen to. Her down-to-earth chat, and her openness about her own self and feelings, made me feel like I had a friend who understands what I’m going through.
In order to relieve my burnout, I’m heading to Florida! 🙂 I am taking my computer, and I’ll be working at the TOS booth at the FPEA convention and hanging out with my bosses and other work friends; but, for the most part, I’m leaving work and school behind for 10 full days! I can’t wait. Maybe, when I get back home, I’ll feel more like myself again!
If you’re suffering from a bit of burnout too, and could use a pick-me-up, I just looked and you can purchase this audio here.