After much prayer and deliberation, I have decided not to run for school board. Although I am very passionate about our school system and feel strongly that we need more integrity, transparency, communication and common sense on our school board, I do not think I can be as informed and effective as I need to be and still meet the needs of my family and my professional commitments. This was a very difficult choice for me to make and I hope that you will respect the fact that I had to make the choice that is right for myself and my family. I work all day at the center and I am often up past 12 or 1 in the morning trying to catch up on the work I can’t get done at the center. I am also trying to build my Thirty-One business and I am very close to being promoted – but I can’t accomplish that goal without dedicating more time and effort to the business. Add to that the fact that I already don’t feel like I spend enough time with my two little girls, and I just had to accept that this is not the right time for me to take on something as large as a campaign and possible seat on the school board. When I stepped down from my leadership role at my church, I did so because of the time commitment and the toll trying to “do it all” was taking on me physically. My immediate reaction to running for school board was “no” but the enthusiasm and support from those around me made me pause and reconsider over and over if it was something that I could manage to do. I would love to run for school board. I would love to be a part of much needed change. I would love to be a voice for parents and teachers. But, ultimately, interest and passion is not enough.
To all of you who listened to me, debated with me, encouraged me, and offered your support – THANK YOU! A part of me feels like I am letting you down and for that, I am sorry. However, we have to all have hope and optimism that others will be able to do what I cannot and make a commitment to making a difference and making change.