Monday, July 26, 2010
Thank you all for the response from yesterday's blog. I noticed on my friend feed that people were adding friends and reaching out. I hope that many newbies were contacted and made to feel welcome.
I go back to work tomorrow. i plan to be on site in the eventing. this site has become a big support to me.
Thank you all for your support, advice, and help.
Spread the Spark!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Yesterday I was greeting new members to the site and to one of my teams when I ran across a blog that broke my heart. The writer was frustrated, new, and didn't know what to do. What broke my heart was "why, oh why, don't I have any Spark friends?" I went to her site and she had two comments and one friend other than SparkGuy!
I have made a commitment to leave comments on pages of not only my active friends, but to reach out to those who aren't active all the time. Included in my commitment is to read more blogs, especially those asking for help or sounding desperate and discouraged.
I am asking that all of you dedicated Sparkers to make the same commitment. Don't stop leaving comments. Invite people to be your friend. Reach out. This is the heart of this site. No one on this site should feel the way that person feels. I know not every one can comment on every page, but if we each make a point to reach out to one stranger a day and just leave a quick comment, I know it would make a difference to that persons day. Seek out those who are new, those who are friendless, those who need an upbeat message. I know we can change the world one person at a time on this site. Join me.
Friday, July 23, 2010
I am having a blast tracking my food, my exercise, and my goals. I am having even more fun when I get a goodie or a comment on my friend feed or Sparkpage. Since I like getting those things, I am really trying to comment on more and more blogs, pages, giving goodies, welcoming newbies. I am finding that it really is better to give than receive. I want to give more support than I receive, give more advice than I get, give help where and when needed. I go back to work next week, and I will miss the hours that I have spent on here during the summer. I will be on in the evenings after working out, tracking. earning points, learning, supporting and giving to others. It is amazing how close you can get to people you may never meet in person. I worry when I don't have a friend on my friend feed for a few days. I like to see what everyone is doing and if any one needs help. Have a terrific day my friends.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
When I was told at the end of last school year that I would be transferred to a different school, I was upset. After all I had been at my school for 12 years! Then I spent the last month of school sorting through what belonged to the school and what I had bought. For those of you who aren't educators, I could only take what I bought and spent my own money on, everything else belongs to the school. I was lucky that my administrator allowed me to take duplicate items or items that went directly with the curriculum I had purchased. As I went through everything, I realized that I could live without a lot of it and got rid off or left behind things I no longer needed.
I have spent this summer getting rid of things in my life that I can live without - negative self talk, negative thoughts, beating myself up over mistakes (okay that one probably falls into the "I will hang on to it just in case I need it later" category), excuses not to exercise, emotional eating, eating just to eat, taking that one more bite. I think it is like cleaning out the room at the end of the school year. Get rid of the old baggage.
This week I have spent the mornings in my new room, unpacking boxes, rediscovering items I had forgotten I had. I planned how to use the furniture in the room to divide it up into defined areas. I have gotten rid of all the unpacked boxes. I will get more later if I need them.
As I was unpacking, I realized that this too is my life. I have learned to eat to fuel my body, I have learned to keep a schedule so that I sleep better, and that leads to feeling better about myself. I am using positive self talk more, I feel more confident, I am slowly losing weight but that has become a side item because I am healthy, I am confident, I am good at my job and I deserved to be transferred to open the new unit for the students with autism.
Look at your life. What can you pack up and get rid of? Can you least put away the negative talk? Try it. I still stumble, but my friends here help pick me back up and I can get back on track. I know, just like I know all those empty boxes outside my new room will "magically" disappear overnight, it is up to me to continue to make the changes that will lead me to a healthy life.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Today I went to my new school to set up my new classroom. My daughter was helping me. So I picked her up at the car dealership where she was dropping off her car for some work and off we went. We get to the new school and my stuff is still where I left it. This is good, but - the other self contained teacher's stuff was in the middle of the room as well. It belonged across the hall. I went to the office and told them, they would send help. So I showed my daughter around the school. The walls are covered with beautiful murals. The school's mascot is the Knight so the theme is medieval pictures, landscapes, and knights in armor. We saw the principal and she went right to the custodians when she heard about my problem and within 20 minutes the stuff was moved. So far so good. We planned out the room and moved my boxes out of the way and moved furniture to create work areas. For those of you who don't know me, I teach autistic students and areas need to be well defined for them. Any way, my daughter put stuff in my desk, on shelves, file cabinets, and cabinets. We got a lot done. No call about her car so I took her to lunch. NOW this is where the WILL I NEVER LEARN comes in....went to Ruby Tuesday's and had the salad bar and chicken chili. If I had stayed away from the pasta and potato salad. I might have been okay, but no I had to have it.
We spent the rest of the day hanging out around the house waiting for her car. I just got back from dropping her off and am now cooking my dinner. I will go to the gym and work some of that lunch off.
Now my question is... what do I do next week during preplanning? I know that I will eat out and if new team mates ask, I need to go to make friends and meet people. Any suggestions out there? I don't know what is in the area. Any general suggestions would help me.
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