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Balance Like a Pirate: Going Beyond Work-Life Balance to Ignite Passion and Thrive as an Educator (A Lead Like a PIRATE Guide) by [Jessica Cabeen, Jessica Johnson, Sarah Johnson]

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"I am a firm believer that one of the most effective Tier 1 interventions for every student is a healthy adult. If you have any desire to make an impact in your role as an educator and to do so in a way that is sustainable, you owe it to yourself to read Balance Like a Pirate. Jessica Cabeen, Jessica Johnson, and Sarah Johnson draw from rich personal experience to lay out a practical roadmap to sustainability through the Four Quadrants of Balance."
--Adam L. Saenz, PhD, DMin,  psychologist, consultant, author of The Power of a Teacher

"For years, educators have struggled with the demands of the job trying to be everything to everyone, often resulting in unproductive guilt. In Balance Like a Pirate, authors Jessica Cabeen, Jessica Johnson and Sarah Johnson honor our diverse roles as a teacher, principal, parent, friend, wife and husband, etc. The book is filled with ideas, personal stories, practical experiences and thoughts for honoring our unique situations throughout various points in our work, giving us permission to take care of ourselves first. Pause, take a deep breath, and allow yourself to ease into this book to refresh your mind and soul so you can bring your best to every role."
--Jimmy Casas, educator, speaker, author of Culturize

"In Balance Like a Pirate, Jessica Cabeen, Jessica Johnson and Sarah Johnson give phenomenal insight to navigating the busy demands of the life of an educator. They share practical, easy to implement strategies along with a big dose of inspiration and motivation. I highly recommend this book and know I will reference it often in the years ahead."
--Beth Houf, proud principal of Fulton Middle School, coauthor of Lead Like a PIRATE

Balance Like a Pirate is one of the most refreshing books I've read in a long time. This message is always important, but in our 24/7 lives and careers, it's more important than ever. Cabeen, Johnson, and Johnson do a wonderful job 'balancing' practical information with their own personal stories, they really draw you into the book, and the practical advice already has me thinking about my own balancing act. All three of these authors do a wonderful job of helping the reader to analyze their own life, where can a change be made, an addition or deletion if needed, and to always remember that our professional learning network is vital to help us through those hard times. Balance Like a Pirate is a must read!
--Adam Welcome, educator, author, speaker, marathoner

Balance Like a Pirate is a must read for all educators. Deeply rooted in research-based methods and mindfulness practices, these incredible leaders provide honest, real-life examples with practical solutions that can be implemented immediately to help even the most burnt-out educators rediscover their passion while living their best life. Balance Like a Pirate won't just change your mindset, it will change your life.
--Ashley Denisen @ashley_denisen, Educator, Minnesota

Balance Like a Pirate is an important book for all educators--professionals who too often are overworked and overstressed. This book moves beyond platitudes and, instead, offers keen insights, resources, personal stories, and action steps for moving beyond 'work-life' balance and simply doing a better job at 'life-balance.' This book is written by three highly respected educators who share their own struggles with balancing Personal, Professional, Passion, and Positional responsibilities as well as their solutions for overcoming such struggles. If you serve as an educator in any role, you must read this book. It will resonate with you and rejuvenate you. Get ready to 'set sail' on a journey you will not soon forget and which you will want to return to often as a way to serve your students, colleagues, friends, and family members more passionately.
--Jeffrey Zoul, EdD, author, speaker, leadership coach, and president of ConnectEDD

Balance Like a Pirate is easy to read, relevant, and impactful!  Being an educational professional and parent today is hard and often leads to burnout.  Jessica Cabeen, Jessica Johnson and Sarah Johnson challenge the reader to reflect on their practices while providing essential tips and tricks to find cohesion in the four main quadrants of your life. I will continually go back to Balance Like a Pirate when I need inspiration, motivation and ideas to find stability my own life.
-Katie Keller, Instructional Coach, Austin Public Schools, Austin MN

Balance Like a Pirate invites you on a journey to rediscover yourself as a person, as an educator, and as a leader. Jessica J, Jessica C and Sarah share with great vulnerability and authenticity their personal narratives, challenges and successes, to help others strengthen their practice, their reflection and to reclaim their lives in the continuing process of balancing work and life. They will engage you with enthusiasm and ignite your soul to keep following your dreams, to be present and to never forget yourself in the process. In the continuing quest for balance, these amazing women, mothers and leaders will capture your heart and passion for education, will remind you of your why and will become your mentors to leading a happy and balanced life.
-Roman Nowak, Teacher/Student Success Leader/Agent of Transformation, CSDCEO, Ontario, Canada.

There's no time like the present. Balance Like a Pirate is authentic and simply keeps it real. Whether you are struggling to find that work-life balance personally or professionally, whether you are now starting a journey, midway through it, or nearing the end of it, the stories shared are relatable to all.  If you are finally ready to make a change and steer your ship in the right direction, get ready to set sail with Balance Like a Pirate. As you know, you must put on your oxygen mask first before you can save anyone else, so get ready to learn how to breathe.
 -  Onica L. Mayers (@O_L_Mayers), Lead Learner, Principal of the Year 2017

You. Need. This. Book. Trust me. As an elementary teacher, global keynote speaker, CEO of my own company, author, fitness fanatic, faith-filled Christian, dog mom, and proud auntie, Balance Like a Pirate resonated with me on so many levels.  After reading this book, I've found the four balance quadrants (personal, professional, positional, and passions) to serve as a valuable guide in my efforts to fit it all in, focus in and do it well, reframe my day, and identify the true priorities and non-negotiables with my time. This book helped me reflect and reprioritize.  What are you waiting for? If you're hoping to regain balance, let go of the things out of your control, and free up time and space for you, start reading now! You won't regret it.
-Kayla Delzer, Globally Awarded Teacher, Author, CEO: Top Dog Teaching Inc.

This is a book that offers hope!  There are educators everywhere who are tired; they are burning the candle at both ends, and they feel like their soul is being sucked dry. In Balance Like a Pirate,  Jessica Cabeen, Jessica Johnson, and Sarah Johnson provide a road map for teachers and administrators seeking to regain control of their lives. Through their raw vulnerability and poignant personal stories, these ladies provide a compelling approach to finding the balance that we all crave.  These authors are "real," and that's one of the things I love about their writing.  Balance Like a Pirate will resonate with every passionate educator.
-Danny Steele, Award winning principal, speaker, and writer

"In this always-on age, every educator is at risk of burnout. The authors of Balance Like A Pirate are no strangers to the tensions of being stretched too thin by personal and professional commitments. If you're reaching your limits, reach for Balance Like A Pirate. It's full of empathy, humor, and practical strategies to regain balance and have the life--and the impact--you want. But it's not just about balancing the personal and professional--you'll also learn specific strategies for clarifying your professional goals and passions, developing a plan for pursuing them, and building the resilience you'll need to overcome the inevitable setbacks. Jessica Cabeen, Jessica Johnson, and Sarah Johnson have created an approach to life as an educator that will save careers, help families, and impact the profession for generations to come. Highly recommended."
--Justin Baeder, PhD, Director of The Principal Center and author of Now We're Talking! 21 Days to High-Performance Instructional Leadership.

In your hands is a real gem, a map, to guide you on your journey to attaining balance. My most popular coaching session tackles the issue of balance and I'm excited to have another tool to use with leaders in order to understand and address balance. Burnout is very real; we cannot lead at our best unless we live at our best. This book will help you understand how to make that dream a reality.
-Danny "Sunshine" Bauer, host of the #1 downloaded podcast for school leaders, Better Leaders Better Schools

Balance Like  A Pirate, supports school leaders with reflection and empathy. The three authors, using gripping personal examples and humor, show you why it is important to seek balance in your life and share with you how to create balance through innovative strategies and common sense reminders. This text equips you with the tools you need to be a reflective leader for children and others. The three authors demonstrate a intimate understanding of the struggles of school leaders and teacher but, show you how not only to survive bad days, but build to being stronger for tomorrow. The authors' deeply personal examples will build your own empathy, build your awareness of your own issues, and support greater reflection of your leadership and life balance.
-Ted Neitzke, CESA 6 CEO and host of The Smart Thinking Podcast
Balance Like a Pirate should be the new mandated book for all people joining the workforce, especially education! Jessica, Jessica, and Sarah have come up with something that is not only practical, but is a "Must Have". In work, and in life, we need balance, or our bodies and minds just won't be as efficient, and I tell you, these three amazing educators have given us a simple, how to "live balanced" guide, the Pirate Way.
-Jeff Kubiak, Connected Educator, Elementary School Principal

"Balance Like a Pirate is a roadmap to steer your journey toward treasured moments, relationships and a happier, healthier you."  
-Kas Nelson, Lead Learner

From the Author

Jessica Cabeen, Jessica Johnson, and Sarah Johnson are three educators who represent a wide range in background and contexts. Their mission in writing this book was to help fellow educators focus intentionally on reclaiming passion, setting priorities, and focusing on purpose to stem burnout in the profession. 
Balance Like a Pirate: Going Beyond Work-Life Balance to Ignite Passion and Thrive as an Educator is more than a book. It is a message. Engage with the authors at #BalanceLAP on Twitter or connect through their bio pages. 

Product details

  • File Size : 27870 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. (July 10, 2018)
  • Print Length : 226 pages
  • Publication Date : July 10, 2018
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1946444928
  • ASIN : B07F88KJZY
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 42 ratings