Instead, I'm coaching. I'm working. I'm dad-ing. I'm husband-ing.
And I'm really, really enjoying it.
For the past few years, it has been hectic. Even the internet noticed, and I don't wear this as a badge of honor. It had gotten out of hand.
Then, in mid-2017, I read a book called Essentialism, as recommended by Robert Kaplinsky. The book is a game-changer and I highly recommend everyone to read it, as it changed my perspective on life. In some ways, I was doing all those events because it fueled me. In other ways, I am now realizing that speaking/consulting/presenting began to consume me. It was never enough, as I was always thinking less of myself than others would think of me.
Therefore, I started saying yes to less, no to more, and finding a peaceful balance. Sure, I'll still speak/consult/present, but I'm being far more picky. To be honest, you're up against some pretty tough competition for my time.
At the closing ceremonies of Little League last spring, my son was distraught. His coach didn't make baseball fun and he wanted to quit. From his car seat, calling up to me, he asked if I would coach his team next year. Without batting an eye, I said yes. My old baseball coaching roots came out, and are currently on full display, as we are starting our season strong.
Coming back to present day, the annual CUE Conference is happening right now and there is a sense of FOMO that naturally sweeps all who did not get to attend, including me. There will be other events like CUE that I won't get to attend, but the trade-off is well worth it, as I get to be there for my kids in ways that many other fathers cannot.
So yes, please keep sharing the learning that happens at the next big--or small--conference, the next PD, and continue to make me better from afar. In the meantime, I'll find a few ways to learn in person from you all, but you can mostly find me here, behind my two boys with a smile on my face and pride in my heart. I get to be their dad, and that's a balance I am proud to have.
Happy "Balance" Fishing