Positively Overwhelmed

This is my #scday1 pic! 
Since I started at my new position I have felt overwhelmed, but in a positive way. I have been overwhelmed by how welcoming the other staff members have been to me, not just at my school, but district wide. I have overwhelmed by faculty and staff member's level of caring about students, not just academically, but about students' personal and social well-being inside and outside of the classroom. I have been overwhelmed by how welcoming and accepting students have been to new students coming in to the school. I feel honored to be part of such a caring and welcoming school community!

I started my new position on August 8th. This past week was the first week of school for students. I am beginning to feel like I am in the swing of things. I can't wait to get started planning events, classroom lessons, and groups for the year.

I can't wait to finish up decorating my office... that will be whole post in and of itself!

In addition to my new position, I just started my 2nd year of my PhD program. This semester I will be providing group supervision to a group of school counseling master's students during their internships.

I also have some other exciting (and positively overwhelming!) speaking engagements coming up in the near future! Next weekend I will be Skyping with Indiana School Counselors at their Elementary level retreat! I will be sharing where to find creative ideas related to elementary school counseling with them. This will be my first Skype call with a group of school counselors and I am excited to "meet" them! In October, I will be presenting a keynote and breakout sessions at the Montana Education Association and Montana Federation of Teacher's Educator's Conference in Bozeman, Montana! I was so excited to be invited by the Montana School Counselor's Association! In November, I will be presenting at the Tennessee School Counselor Association Pre-Conference in Murfreesboro, Tennessee! I have never been to Montana or Tennessee and I am looking forward to spending time with Montana and Tennessee school counselors! In December, I will be presenting at the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association Conference in Lancaster, PA. For a full list of my upcoming speaking engagements click here.

On a personal note, I have been getting back into running. I am doing a 10K, which happens to be on my birthday (9/29), a half marathon in September, and a half marathon in November. Having races to train for is a lot of fun!

I hope all of your school years are off to a great start! I want to thank you all for continuing to read School Counselor Blog and follow me on various social media sites. (Follow me on Instagram if you haven't already!) I can't wait to share new ideas, resources, and lessons with you! I continue to be positively overwhelmed by your kindness and messages about how School Counselor Blog has inspired you! I am beaming with excitement of all of the positive things to come in new school year!

I would love to hear how your school year is going so far! Have you started a new position? Are you now at a different level? Are you starting you 2nd or 20th year at your position? Please share below!

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Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Connect with Danielle via emailTwitterPinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

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