It’s been a rough year for me. I was just starting to adjust to life with asthma when I gave myself a second grade concussion that triggered post-concussion syndrome. I still have some cognitive issues, mostly related to higher level reading and writing. I’ve stopped blogging and most of my research, focusing instead on my consulting business working with international schools. I took things a bit easy last semester, but I’m getting back into it now and I have a big semester ahead of me! Here’s a short list of what I’ll be doing over the next four months:
I have ongoing work with parents, educators and support staff at the International School of Beijing (ISB).
I have ongoing work with parents, educators and students at Keystone Academy in Beijing.
I will be speaking to the Pastoral Care strand of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) Spring Leadership Conference in March.
I will be the guest speaker at BICF’s Spring Departure Hall event for those transitioning out of Beijing.
I will make a third annual visit to Chengdu International School (CDIS) in April.
In Bangkok, Thailand:
I will be speaking at a small organisation retreat for families with TCKs who will be finishing high school and repatriating to attend university in the next few years.
I am the Logistics Director on the board of Families In Global Transition (FIGT) and will be coordinating logistics for the annual conference to be held March 13-15 at the International School of Bangkok. I will also be part of a morning forum discussing University Transitions for TCKs, and my book will be available for sale in the conference bookstore.
In Phnom Penh, Cambodia:
I will spend a morning speaking at the International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP).
I will be speaking to students, teachers, and parents at Hope International School.
I will be running a public seminar and public workshops on Saturday March 21st. Last year’s seminar overfilled the room with 60 people in attendance, so this year I’m also offering an afternoon of workshops with lots of discussion time built in. (More information to come!)
Also, while my own research has taken a back seat during my recovery, I’m delighted that great resources for/about TCKs continue to be produced! I’ve been asked to write the foreword for one great practical resource book that will be coming out this year, and I’ve confirmed a quote from me that will be published in a second book.
And while I can’t engage with much reading and writing, I’m working on audio/visual ways to connect with my audience and share my work. I’ll start small, hopefully in the next few months, but I have big long term plans!
Yes, it’s going to be a busy few months! But it’s also a delight to be doing this work. And while I miss reading books and writing blog posts, I’m proud of the way I’ve worked to learn and respect my new limits. It doesn’t come easy and I’m still learning, but it’s an important life skill that I’m sure will come in handy the rest of my life.
What about you? What are you working on at the moment?