Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Changes in the past couple years have been the loss of my dad and grandmother. Death is a big change in the family dynamics, relationships and how I think about life and how I plan my life now.
Work changes. I took off my nanny hat of 20+ years and have successfully transitioned to Household Manager / Personal Assistant. This is a role I have played over 23 years with all the families I have worked for, but the official transition to stop "nannying" and be full-charge HM/PA was a daunting one. One I found to be much more difficult than I ever imagined.
So having taken off that nanny hat, I find myself trying to balance it all - nanny relationships/friendships and nanny industry responsibilities. I often feel disconnected with other nannies now that I am not in the trenches - or playgroups / playgrounds as many of them are. My charges are 16 and 18 - the oldest graduating later this month and headed off to college. My role stays the same. Maintain the household and provide the services of HM/PA.
With the changing of the guard - taking off my nanny hat, I've decided to step down from my long-standing position as president of the local nanny group here in DC. That's not the only reason, but a big one. It's also time for new blood to come and lead the association.
But I'm not going far. Never one to sit and relax, unless I'm reading a really good book - I'm heading over to the local chapter of the Domestic Estate Managers Association. This group came along at the perfect time while I was in transition and I feel a real connection to it and its members.
I hate change. It takes me forever to decide on new glasses or a new haircut. I like things calm and routine. Every now and then life throws in a few shakes. I've had some health issues this past year - appendicitis, and 11 days of kidney stone HELL. I also discovered I have low thyroid. Nine months of medication adjustments have finally got my levels to where they need to be and the biggest change is a work in progress. I'm losing weight for the first time in years. YEARS!!!! Down 28 pounds and still going strong. I attribute this to the thyroid meds, eating better, wanting to take care of myself and my own personal trainer - a puppy named Riley! Our daily walks - from 1-3 hours have made a big difference. And the change is noticeable. I look better. I feel better.
So as the changes continue, life continues. I'm sure there will be more shakes in my life, but I'm ready and able to face them head on.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Read my article on Regarding Nannies about all the terrific and sometimes FREE educational opportunities available in our industry!
Friday, November 4, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
This is my favorite jewelry maker Lew's Jewelry. Sarah makes the most amazing custom design work for all occasions. (I've had 5 custom pieces made by her).
Monday, October 24, 2011
This article was written by Janinne Gardner as a feature to the ADCAN~Association of DC Area Nannies newsletter.
On May 13th the International Nanny Association announced that the 2011 Nanny Of The Year was Marcia Hall. Marcia has been a nanny for almost 15 years since she graduated from the English,
She says, “I love being a professional nanny because I enjoy the challenge of teaching, nurturing and encouraging children while balancing managing their lives.”
As for why she decided to run for NOTY she says, “I decided to accept the nomination for Nanny of the Year in 2009 because I felt it was one more way to further my career as a nanny. Simply being nominated is a challenge and I like challenges. I accepted the nomination in 2010 and 2011 because I had many people - both nannies, employers past and present as well as other industry professionals telling me that I should go for it again. I was "suckered" into it ;) But honestly it is the greatest honor I think I could ever have as a nanny. I hope to represent the INA and professional nannies everywhere with greatness.”
In addition to the International Nanny Association she is a member of the Northshore Professional Nanny Alliance support group in
She currently works for a family with two children near her home of
She was born in
She likes to organize her house and then re-organize it, she explains, “My husband Scott laughs that just when he figures out where everything in the kitchen, I re-organize it.” She also enjoys scrapbooking, but complains she is very behind.
As a child she loved the Anne of Green Gables series and says, “I read and re-read ALL 8 of them. (Not many people know there are 8 in the series.) Lucy M Montgomery also had another series I liked Emily of New Moon. I used to think I was born in the wrong era. These days I read mostly non-fiction – if I ever get to read. A few great ones are Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne and a new one is Love Wins by Rob Bell. I do love listening to the Chronicles of Narnia series on audio. My husband thinks I should know them by heart now.”
She enjoys traveling and has been to some pretty cool places:
When asked what makes her angry she replied, “What a loaded question. Unfortunately, way too many things make me angry. The list is long. But the thing that induces anger the most in me is ingratitude. That takes many forms. It is the thing I have the least amount of patience with when it comes to dealing with children but it also greatly angers me when I see it in the world. I see ingratitude when it comes to how we humans see our place in this world and in nature. In how the most fortunate see those that are less fortunate and vice versa. I wish that every person could look at what they have in life every day and realize exactly how much there is to be grateful for. I have this problem just as much as the next person. I have a great ability to not see what I really have and instead want what is just out of my reach. I believe if every person, young and old, could wake every day, look around and see all the amazing things they do have and be thankful for them – the world would be a different place.”
Friday, October 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
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Sunday, May 30, 2010
I am so excited to announce that I am the recipient of the International Nanny Association's 2010 Nanny of the Year! I am having a great time at conference with our local and national professional Nannies and I will be sharing more once conference is over. I did want to share with you my acceptance speech. I thought it was being video taped, but have not tracked it down yet. I would be glad to share if I find it!
Read Greta's INA Nanny of the Year Acceptance Speech.