It’s been a challenge to be intentional with each role we have in this time of quarantine. We usually complete each of our roles in their corresponding spaces: parent at home, employee at work. Now we have those roles in the same space: our homes. How should we manage this? How do we find balance between them? I love my job and my family, but what do those roles look like now? How do I live out the VPS values in my home and not just let it be theory?

I bet most of you are dealing with similar challenges. Every day is a constant search for internal balance, tolerance and giving our best to achieve our goals.

Here are some of my current challenges:

  • Being intentional with my students by preparing my lessons, listening to the parents, being flexible to changes and being attentive to my students’ needs.
  • Being intentional with my family by putting away electronics and being there. It has been a blessing to be part of my daughter’s achievements these days together as she grows (shes a baby).
  • Being intentional with myself through prayers, meditations, learning a new baking recipe, catching up with an old friend and finding peace.

The biggest challenge is to do all this with a positive attitude and a smile while faced with so many uncertainties.

Many people are saying during this quarantine, “now I’ll finally be able to do everything I was not able to do before in my house.” The first couple of weeks of the quarantine I had only organized a few boxes and pages from my daughter’s album.

The longer our lists get and the more demand we have to keep up, the more intentional we have to be with the way we live. Even though, the context is not ideal, it depend on us the attitude that we choose to take day by day.

“It is not the time of your judgement, but of our judgement: a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not” (Pope Francis, Urbi et Orbi Blessing, March 27th, 2020)

Without a doubt, our tasks will crossover at times. It is not unusual for us teachers to get work done from home, but before it could happen when my daughter was sleeping, now I must find a way to work from my laptop while also caring for her all day long. However, the more intentional I am with the VPS values at home, the better it all becomes.

RESILIENCE when I find different ways to manage my time with electronic devices and be present with my daughter.

EMPATHY when my husband and I take turns to take care for our baby so we can each enjoy our own space as well.

UNITY when we find time for our selves and when together we find practicality with things in the house and we work as a team.

All of this becomes worth it when I see my students enjoying the activities we have created for them with their families, when my daughter smiles while achieving something new, and when I feel a positive spirit in my home.

Ask yourself, how could you be more intentional?

Some of my students in action with their families: