5 Things I Learned From Unplugging… Again

The 5 things learned and new goals to support my reflection while unpligged.

For about the past two weeks I have detached from the internet… for the most part. I still needed it to complete tasks for the last week of work. Then last week I detached and mini me and I began our summer break with rest. Lots of it. In the past I have completely detached for at least one week a year. I stopped that practice. I didn’t realize how much I missed that and how much my spirit needed it.  I forgot the things I learned from this practice and some quickly came back to me and some still surprised me.

  1. I typically never detach from work. I never realized how many times I checked and responded to my work email while at home during “family time”. I am in a household full of boys- this usually means some sport event is on tv. In turn it appears I navigated to checking and responding to email. New goal in this area: I have disabled email notifications for the summer and plan to check once a week.
  2. I needed to reinvest in my book collection. I found, as a self proclaimed avid reader – by book collection was more dinosaurs, superheros, or the latest educational read. Now, do not get me wrong, I cherish my time reading with mini me and my reading in my career field (that I am very passionate about). However, this opened my eyes to how unbalanced my life can be. Goal: Find my library card and scope out something new to read.
  3. I have too many ideas in my head and need to get them on paper. Since I didn’t post last week- I used this time to map out many ideas and post drafts. It was a great reflection time to better plan the future of the blog and what I want to personally get out of it. Goal: I have set aside some brainstorming “paper” time at least once a month.
  4. My children are hysterical when they don’t know I am watching. It is so easy to get caught up in the “to do” list – for my  job, personal correspondence, personal enrichment, household duties and more “required” children duties- it was nice to sit and just watch our children and their creative minds interact with toys, crafts, and us. We laughed a lot. Goal: Wake up just a bit earlier some Saturday’s to complete blog tasks and make coffee. Spend some time drinking coffee and observing our kids.
  5. It is good to linger in bed and enjoy a slow morning. I am not one to sit around all day- if I am sitting I am working, researching, or writing. But most of the time I am working around the house, during the school year prepping lessons, and most of all enjoying time with my family. I like to get every moment out of the day as possible. These 2 weeks, made me realize by trying to get every productive minute out of the day, I was missing some very important time with myself and/or my husband. It is amazing how 10 extra minutes lingering in bed to talk, cuddle, or just pray changes the atmosphere of the rest the day. Goal: At least once a weekend linger for at least 10 minutes in the bed.

Beginnings… Summer is Coming

There is a magic with new beginnings- large or small… Don’t you agree. Something about the freshness of it all. This Monday I am reminded of that, especially this time of year. Mini Me and I are about to start our first ever summer together- with me home and not working. People… I have worked EVERY summer since I was 15. I know hard to believe… I’m a teacher (was a school administrator as well) – we “have summers off”. After over 15 years in the business- this is the FIRST summer I will not be working full time. I do have that pesky 2 week required training over the summer.

This new beginning brings lots of excitement.

Back in January/February Mini Me picked out 8 different themes he wanted to learn about. We have worked together, planned, and collected items along these themes. We will have plenty of pool, relaxing, and rest time – but I am excited to put some energy into planning his learning.

I have developed a “summer schedule”- I learned quickly through winter break and snow days- this helps us – this saves us actually. Now- if life happens, feelings happen – we change our schedule. But it is a good foundation for us. I have shared our version and blank version here for your enjoyment. Summer Resources Click Here. I will share our weekly theme resources/activities throughout the summer as well.

Mini Me’s Summer Learning Picks:

  • Week 1- Whales
  • Week 2- Safari
  • Week 3- Dinosaurs
  • Week 4- Butterflies
  • Week 5- Weather/Storms
  • Week 6- Elephants
  • Week 7- Rocks and Minerals
  • Week 8- Sharks

Share with me in the comments- any tips or stories about surviving the summer with your children.

Grace and Grit

This week starts Teacher Appreciation Week. In NC we are also gearing up to May 16- for the March for Students and Rally for Respect.

05.16.18 Respect Ed

I have been in the education field for almost 16 years now. I have worked mainly at high at-risk schools – in both the classroom and as an assistant principal. Very different experiences in those roles- but all worth the tears, heartache, joy, and love for every student and family that crossed my path. I took home each night the joys, smiles, and heartaches of many of my students… because every child is in need of an adult who will try to understand them, never give up on them, and insists they become the best they can be.  

I was (am) lucky. I grew up in a home with 2 loving supportive parents, surrounded by supporting extended family and lots of family friends… who honestly are family too.  As a family we had challenges, as a kid I had challenges- and let’s face it a good number of days- I probably was the challenge. Sometimes I was guided out of the challenge and sometimes I was left to learn from the challenge. Most days I feel my past, present, and future prepared/prepare me to, just maybe, guide and/or support some of the parents, students and the challenges that face them daily. I have seen so many of these situations recently. To be honest- my head and heart are exhausted. It is teacher appreciation week — as I attempt to process just some of what I have experienced lately- I reflect on the fact that I only get a small, tiny, minuscule amount compared to all the teachers that work with many students day in and day out. They work to reach every student in every capacity- academic, emotionally, and socially. I am so very blessed throughout the years to have crossed the paths of so many passionate individuals who CHOOSE to take that daily challenge everyday with a SMILE (an quite often silent tears). It might be teacher appreciation week – and even though students don’t always have the words- your daily choice to show up, slap the floor, and give it your all is quietly appreciated by many all year long. And as we approach summer- what many will miss day in and day out. I continue to be inspired by teachers, superheros I am surrounded by and so dedicated and talented.

Throughout these years in education I have also worked various second jobs- more commonly developing websites, education resources, and workplace training. I could have left education easily and had less stress, less heartache, and most definitely less working number of hours working per week. I would be lying if I didn’t share that I have had that thought over the years.  But…God could have given me strength, courage, and support to leave- But God said I am giving you something better than the strength and courage to go – you are so important to me I am giving you the grace and grit to stay…he has a reason. Somedays I don’t know what the reason is, somedays I see it loud and clear.

 

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