Updated: Jul 15, 2019
Hi! My name is Ashley and I'm one of the co-founders of The Dyslexia Initiative. I wanted to start this post by thanking you so much for being here, reading our posts, commenting, messaging, etc. It really means the world to us, so thank you!
Second, I'm going to confess something. I'm a #ParentAdvocate and I'm burned out. You see I have another blog called A Mom's Journey - My Dyslexic Life ( https://amomsjourney-mydyslexiclife.com/) where I write about my personal advocacy for my dyslexic son. It's our trials and tribulations, our ups and downs, and as this last school year ended, the retelling of the circus of monkeys, I mean ARDs, I was trying to navigate.
It didn't go well and ended on a note that, while I expected it, was still a kick in the teeth. I didn't get what was in the best interest of my child. Mind you that doesn't mean they won, they didn't win because they STILL have to deal with me, but it in no way ended up on the right path.
I was running on pure adrenaline through that last meeting, then I fell to Earth and crash landed. A month and a half later, I'm still here, a pile of smoldering ashes.
I clarified for someone today that the advocacy work I do for others is unaffected, this burn out truly is just having to deal with what needs to be done for my son, and no one else. The work we are preparing here at the DI keeps me inspired and moving forward every day excited to be here. Knowing I'm about to face my own circus that directly impacts my beautiful, amazing, intelligent child is a different story.
So that got me thinking. See, for me, Meet The Teacher is one month from today and school starts 2 days after that. This means I've got 1 month to shake out of my stupor and reignite into the glorious and beautiful phoenix that I normally am. So, I started thinking, who else is in my shoes? Who else would rather bury themselves in the sand than acknowledge that the circus is about to start all over again for another dreaded 9 months?
In order to reignite the phoenix within, who would like to join me on a little challenge?
I think I'm going to call it Phoenix Rising. Interested?
If you are, comment on our Facebook page where we've shared this blog post and I'll come up with something cool over the weekend. I have some thoughts, I just need them to turn tangible inside my head.
We will rise together. Who's in?