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http://sagesse.eddenya.com/index.php/sante-et-sciences/3402-the-50-pictures-in-perfect-timing

For those of you who dig photography – these ones are keepers!

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What A Week!

It’s been awhile since I wrote and updated this thing. We had a bit of an off week of school with the crazy weather. Kindergarteners thrive and depend on consistency, and that was something that I couldn’t offer this past week. On Thursday we had a substitute teacher because my co-operating teacher had to attend a math workshop. It was good experience taking control of the classroom and providing a safe space for the kids. I loved it, but man was I tired after! I could barely keep my eyes open at 8:00 pm that night. So, with all that being said, it has been a much-needed and enjoyable weekend. I have done literally nothing but planned for the upcoming week and rested. Sleeping in until 8 feels SO good these days!

I decided to apply for Teach for America over the course of this month. I made it to the phone interview round, and actually just had my interview earlier this afternoon! It was a really positive experience. My interviewer was so sweet and really personable. Her warm personality helped ease the tension and made me way less nervous. Although I don’t know what will come next, I just feel very thankful to have this opportunity to have made it this far in the process. I wish all of the TFA applicants the best of luck!

This upcoming week is going to be interesting. I have my second lesson observation on Wednesday and will be teaching a literacy center. I’m not very nervous, as my student teaching advisor is approachable and kind when it comes to critiquing. I plan to drink lots of tea and continue to get enough rest. The last thing I want is to get sick, because there is definitely something going around.

Hope you all are having a beautiful weekend! Thank you to all of the new followers for deciding to read my rambling posts. 🙂 It’s quite amazing how connecting with people around the world can take place so easily on the internet. As long as the intentions to follow and read along are good, that is. 🙂

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Dalai Lama does it again

Food for Thought:

“The planet does not need more ‘successful people’. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds. It needs people to live well in their places. It needs people with moral courage willing to join the struggle to make the world habitable and humane and these qualities have little to do with success as our culture is the set. ” ~H.H.The Dalai Lama

How true!

Tomorrow I finally get to see my kiddos again – STOKED! 🙂 It is also supposed to be 25 degrees, which means it will basically feel like spring. MN problems.

Sweet dreams, beautiful people!

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A Great Read: “Wild”

Wow, can you tell that I am bored from all of these snow days? Thank the Lord school is back in session tomorrow!

Anyway… I wanted to share a book that I started reading and cannot put down. Wild: From Lost To Found On the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed is a fantastic book! Strayed’s writing is compelling and addictive.

Wild is a memoir of Cheryl Strayed’s life falling in shambles, and then being healed and put back together through a self-initiated, solo adventure along the Pacific Crest Trail. If you want a good read during this frigid winter, definitely check out this inspiring story!

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El Paso Forever In My Heart: Living vs. Existing

Ever since this summer I have been thinking about El Paso on a daily basis. At least a couple of times per day. I still feel the loss of being there and seeing the same people who became my family very quickly. I still feel the loss of being able to see the beautiful mountains when I’m out for a walk or driving. I still feel the loss of receiving hugs on hugs from my youth group. I still feel the loss of being greeted by people with arms wide open and a gentle kiss on the cheek. I still feel the loss of the amazing Mexican food. I still feel the loss of those inspiring and breath-taking views out while hiking. I still feel the loss of it all.

Although I have overcome a depressive state of loss, I think to some extent I will always be grieving and missing everyone. Isn’t it amazing how it’s much easier to open up to people you just meet, and find yourself in a place you’ve never been? It’s just such a beautiful concept that I hope everyone gets to experience at some point.

I have been fortunate enough to still keep in touch with my friends and family who now encompass my heart. I chit-chatted with one last night and had a terrific conversation with her via Skype. I think friends who you meet during meaningful experiences really become a major part of you. You experience so much change and inspiring moments together, as well as the not-so-pretty times. Although we live states and states away, it is such a given that we will always be true friends and connected by our souls. She is just one of the many who became a kindred spirit. I appreciate those who still communicate with me on a regular basis to the highest extent possible. People are wonderful and we can learn so much from them. Most likely, we learn the most from those who are physically present in our life for a temporary amount of time. The brief time really teaches us to appreciate what is given to us when it is presented. It’s a lesson that I carry with me everyday in life. It’s a blessing to know that my friends I met in El Paso have taught me this very valuable lesson. I truly do love them dearly!

El Paso solidified that I must do something, even if teaching does not end up being it, that is giving to all communities for the rest of my life…especially with youth. My heart has always sought out adventures and moments that would allow me to give my heart and words and actions to someone important, or something greater than myself. It is just very freeing to know that following my heart has benefited in finding my purpose in life. Isn’t it interesting how giving yourself and being available to others is the most freeing feeling?

I am very excited for the day when I’m reunited with loved ones in El Paso. Hopefully the day will come sooner than later, and when that day comes I will most likely never stop smiling! Or I’ll cry…one or the other 🙂

 

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Loud Mind

How many snow days have we had? I’ve honestly lost count. Being away from doing what I love and staying busy has made me realize that I would be such a terrible stay-at-home mom… These 5 day weeks are going to feel longer than usual after multiple weeks of only 3 school days. However, I am SO ready to be busy again!

There have been so many thoughts running around in this brain of mine. One thing in particular has been the question: I wonder how different the world would be if everyone had the “It happened for me” vs. “It happened to me” mentality? We all experience incredible ups and downs and, being human, it is so very easy to look at the situations in the second way. I feel like when enough time has passed and we are ready to accept that a hardship has occurred to teach us something, it is then when we realize that it happened for me. It’s a process of healing, but it comes in such different stages for each individual. So I understand how it is easy to automatically think the second way, but I wonder if people would be happier if they looked at every situation, bad AND good, in “It happened for me.”

Another thought that has been stewing has been that we really need to teach our kids and ourselves to trust our feelings more. Our feelings and gut instincts are insanely accurate most of the time. They guide us in every direction and help us come to terms with our strengths and weaknesses. For example, when students say, “This is hard” so often teachers say “It’s not that hard” or “You can do it” before acknowledging that the students’ feelings are totally justifiable. I myself have been practicing the skill of admitting to my kiddos, “You’re right, this is hard stuff” before saying “You can do it!” By not acknowledging their feelings of frustration (however frustrated they may be) we are teaching kids and ourselves not to trust their feelings and instincts. Shouldn’t we be doing the opposite? If kids are not comfortable trusting themselves when an event later on in life is hard on them, then it seems like we are teaching them that they are wrong in thinking and feeling a certain way. I know we do not mean any harm in saying “You’re fine” or “You can do it” when they bring up how they are feeling, especially when it is the opposite reaction of what you are looking for. However I think it is important that we continue to take an even closer look at our words and how they could potentially be interpreted.