Sunday, June 09, 2013
Love quotes from Winnie the Pooh usually. Not planning to follow this one, but plan to remember it!
BTW, yesterday was a lovely day with my husband. He actually bought 4 shirts. Mind you, two of them were the exact same color, even though he says they are different! It was fine, and I was able to get some things also! Glad I went!
Saturday, June 08, 2013
Hah! If you thought this was going to be about a healthy journey in some way, you might want to click off of this blog! This is a part of my healthy journey, however. Today I am determined to be as stress free as possible, but it could be a stretch! We leave for vacation in two weeks and my husband decided last night that he needed to get a few things. My heart sank. I knew where this was going. I already had my weekend planned out - school stuff, gardening, housework. You see, we live in a fairly rural community that while we have a "city" 15 miles away, there is not a lot of shopping choices. He wants to go to the outlet mall 2 hours away. What's the problem, you wonder? I would surely get to go shopping too? True, but my husband is not a good shopper, or at least, shops the way I shop. Each item is looked over very carefully, tried on, and then he usually talks himself out of it for some reason. On to the next store, same thing, over and over again. Then when we get to the other end of the mall (I should also say that this is all outside, not inside), he decides that what he really wanted is at the first store, so we go back. Can we buy it quickly then? No, we have to weigh and reweigh the options again. If I am really lucky, he will purchase it. More likely, not! I am exercising all my patience today and telling myself that this quality, while annoying me today, has saved us a lot of money on big ticket items, as well as being good at his job! So this day is a small price to pay. My head tells me that, but while I am in the midst of it...wish me luck! At least my Fibit will get a good workout today!
Friday, June 07, 2013
I have been thinking a lot this week about people who inspire me and this week a former student is the one. He was a super percussionist who worked with me when I directed a high school musical several years ago. After many twists and turns in his life, he discovered dancing and it seems to have become his passion, along with fitness. We have kept in touch with FB, but have not seen each other. His life is a testament to getting pushed down and getting back up to continue to follow your passion. This week I had the honor of seeing him on America's Got Talent" with his dance company. They were absolutely incredible with raves from the judges and now going on to Vegas. Through the years, he has taught me many things, not the least of which is persistence!
Thursday, June 06, 2013
After 20 years of teaching, I finally feel that I am able to be purposeful in what I ask the kids to do. I have a reason for every lesson and am able to convey that to them. I, then, feel very mindful of how the lesson went, who needs more help, etc. Believe it or not, as a new teacher I was not able to do this well. Now that I have figured this out for my professional life, I wonder why it has taken so long to connect it to my personal life? I feel very purposeful in what I now envision for my new healthy lifestyle. I have a purpose for working out. I have a purpose for eating healthy. I have a purpose for subtracting as much stress from my life as possible.
I am still working on the mindfulness part. While I have come a long way in this, even before Spark People, I realize that I still have a long way to go. To be mindful and connect it to being purposeful is difficult. My new goal is to focus on my mindfulness on what I need to continue to do relating to my purpose. As a former friend and principal still keeps telling me, "Monitor and adjust." My new motto!
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