Share Your World: January 15, 2018

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Complete this sentence: I’m looking forward to….

I am looking forward to spending quality time with my family, watching my students grow in their achievements, and going to California this summer.

What is your favorite comfort snack food? 

Chips or popcorn.

What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?

My first moneymaking job was actually babysitting, starting at the age of 11.  My first moneymaking job after babysitting was being a solider and combat medic in the United States Army, at the age of 17.

 

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Truth or Dare?

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     I think that I have laughed more this weekend than in the past month.  The one memory that I will cherish for a lifetime is playing truth or dare with my middle school daughter.  

     The things that we learned about each other through quality time is priceless.  My daughter is growing up and becoming a beautiful young lady, inside and out.  She is wise beyond age and loves with all of her heart.  In the process, she discovered some of her mother’s deepest secrets!

     It has definitely been a weekend of bonding and spending quality time.  I will always cherish these moments!

 

 

Share Your World: January 8, 2018

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Do you prefer a bath or shower?

Most days, I would prefer a very warm shower over a bath.  However, I could easily be tempted by a bath, given the correct circumstances.

What do you do to make a living or during the day? If you are retired what mostly occupies your day? Or if you are a student what are you studying?

I am a middle school special education teacher and case manager.  I am also a student in an Ed.D. program.  I am a self-proclaimed life long learner.

Is there a stuffed animal in your bedroom?

Yes! I have a stuffed teddy bear with a stethoscope around her neck, a stuffed Kylo Ren bear and a stuffed Rey bear.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I have been inspired by the dedication of my colleagues.

Resolutions

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I have never been one for yearly resolutions (I am more of a goal oriented person), but I decided to at least make an attempt this year.  Those of you that know me personally, realize that 2017 was a huge struggle for me.  I am ready to put 2017 to rest and hopeful for a successful 2018.

My resolutions include:

  • becoming more confident
  • losing those last 10 stubborn pounds
  • surrounding myself by people who love me as much as I love them
  • taking more risks
  • letting the past die (the negatives)
  • forgiving, trying to forget, and moving on
  • finishing my tattoo removal (no matter how painful)
  • standing up for myself more

Is That Possible?

4C327798-A1A2-495E-BD5E-73FE108841E0.jpeg“Is that possible?”   “I never ask that question until after we’ve done it.”  (Han Solo, The Force Awakens, 2015).  So many times I have not attempted things simply  because I have not been confident enough.  One of my new year’s resolutions is to attempt things that I have previously deemed impossible.

I have recently enrolled in a doctorate program and will soon begin my course work.  I am both nervous and excited to start this new journey.

 

 

Let the Past Die

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“Let the past die. Kill it if you have to. That’s the only way to become what you were meant to be.” (Kylo Ren / Ben Solo, The Last Jedi, 2017).

Kylo Ren / Ben Solo may not be the perfect role model; however, I find this quote quite powerful.  Sometimes we have to let go of part of our past to find ourselves.  As difficult as it may be, sometimes it is the only solution to independence and happiness in the future.

It has been difficult to let the past die…. it has been exhilarating to find the somewhat independent and stronger woman within.