In December I wrote a post about my achievements in 2020. https://lenabellina.wordpress.com/2020/12/31/pride-after-a-fall-or-the-highs-and-lows-of-2020/ It was a bit cryptic and I made reference to a new piece of information that I had come upon that had helped me to understand myself a bit better. I am now in a position to say that the information was a … Continue reading Nothing to see here…
So, this week, I returned to my substantive post in a leadership team in a Scottish high school. One of my first task was to assist with the coordination of our learning offer now that we are in another lockdown. We only have to look at Twitter or listen to the news to witness a … Continue reading Should we though…..?
Five things I am proud of that I achieved in 2020: 1. When lockdown struck, I set up a you tube channel and made a video for every term time day of lockdown, to try and and help “parent educators” get through it: https://youtu.be/nFTx16cXm0o 2. I made this with my husband: https://spark.adobe.com/page/8BlQ40rvA8pVT/ 3. I was … Continue reading Pride after a fall. Or the highs and lows of 2020.
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This piece is for the square pegs in round holes. Remember, though, that there are some battles you may never win and some that it is safer to walk away from. Ok. You win. I have fought and fought for years now. I thought that what I was fighting for was integrity. And love. And … Continue reading You win.
On Wednesday, I had the tremendous good fortune to speak with the Depute First Minister John Swinney about the work that Scotland is doing in relation to supporting children who have experienced trauma and the opportunities and challenges facing education within this. It was certainly one of those once in a lifetime opportunities. I know that … Continue reading The real story of my meeting with the DFM
Today I had a chance to be part of a presentation on Scotland’s approach to developing awareness of trauma in Scotland. Deputy First Minister John Swinney was due to be there, along with Clare Haughey, Minister for Mental Health. It turned out to be what I refer to as a Mike Wazawlski moment. I didn’t … Continue reading My almost moment
You will either love or hate this post. If you read it and hate it and me, all I would do is respectfully ask where the hate is coming from. A few years back someone shared the poster below on Twitter. I am really sorry that I do not remember who it was. If you … Continue reading And the haters are certainly going to. But why do you hate so much?
A year ago I turned 50. I had such high hopes for the start of a new decade. I wrote a poem on the day which is here: 50 years alive. The 13th of August 2019. Unlucky 13 for some. And sometimes has been for me. The 13th birthday when I trapped my finger in … Continue reading Wow 2020. Just wow.
What will you be doing over the holidays to ensure that you “switch off” and ensure you enter into September refreshed? I was tagged into a thread yesterday around this question and it got me thinking. I think and reflect a lot about well being and self care. If you look back through my writing, … Continue reading Switching off.