Monday, October 04, 2010
I did this weekend and it was great! My parents live about 2 1/2 hours away from my current home. We typically drive down every four to six weeks to visit.
This particular visit was really nothing special. There were no birthday parties, football games, or any other celebrations. We just visited family and friends, and it was great!
On Saturday, we stopped by a car wash being held by a local youth organization. When we pull up, I saw my nephew, his adorable girlfriend, my uncle, and several other friends from high school. My daughter even went on a pony ride and I got a clean car! It was so great to see them all!
We then walked a few blocks over to my elementary school so that my daughter could play. She had a great time and I got to visit with more family and friends.
When we returned to mom and dad's, my nephew's girlfriend played her guitar and sang for us all in an impromptu concert right on the front porch. It was just great!
We attended church with my parents the next morning where I got to see more of my long time friends. After church, my other nephew and his twin 5 month old daughters stopped by to see us. They are so precious! Finally, my longtime friend (who grew up right across they street from me) noticed my car at mom and dad's and pulled in to catch up with us.
This fantastic weekend was filled with memories, love, and the people I hold most near and dear to my heart! I may not live there any more, but that small town will always be "home" to me.
If you read this, please take a moment to send someone you love a text, an email, a phone call, or stop by to visit. We tend to underestimate the power of positive relationships in our lives. Please keep yours strong!
If you have an old hatchet you need to bury with someone who used to be close to you, please be the bigger person and extend the hand of forgiveness. Life is too short to hold a grudge.
My uneventful weekend has inspired me to love a little deeper, pray a little harder, and do all I can to lead a long and healthy life!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
As you all know, life does intervene from time to time with our plans. The past couple of weeks have been crazy busy. As a result, my fitness routine and nutrition plan have suffered. I wouldn't say that I have "lost ground". I have still managed to get in my fitness minutes, but it has been a challenge.
It all started innocently enough with a faculty meeting after school. Then, there was a Leadership meeting, a student needing me to stay late to help him register for his ACT, a student who missed the bus (we had to wait over an hour for mom to show up), late paperwork, school board presentation...not to mention the county fair, Girl Scout meeting, 4-H meetings, and football games...
I dearly love all of the above mentioned things/people, but I am a creature of habit. I like to stay an hour after work to return phone calls/emails and then come home. If I didn't work out in the morning, I squeeze it in before dinner. That proves difficult when you don't get home until LONG after dinner!
Not trying to complain, I just like my time to be "my" time. It took me a long time to reach that point, and I don't feel selfish. I firmly believe I deserve it and that I need it!
Guess that's why I get "grumpy" when I don't get it!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I have been a part of SparkPeople for almost two years. I can't say enough good things about this site and this community. When I first started, I was a little overwhelmed. I didn't have a lot of weight to lose. I was primarily looking for tracking tools.
So, for a long time, that's pretty much all I used on Spark. I faithfully would log my fitness minutes and usually my nutrition. After a few months, I joined a couple of teams, but I rarely commented. I was more of a lurker and a tracker.
However, within the last couple of months, I have been blogging more regularly, commenting on other members' blogs, and am even co-leader of a SparkTeam.
Wow! This has totally changed my perception of the Spark!!! I was cheating myself of the Spark and cheating others as well. There is a wealth of support out there for anyone to tap into and use for inspiration!
Guess what??? When you offer encouraging words to others, they offer them right back!!!
I still use the trackers, but I spend some time reading and commenting on members' blogs, I update my status, and I post more on my Teams' pages. It has opened up an entirely new world of Spark to me!!!
If you aren't tapped into this tremendous positive force of inspiration on the Spark, I strongly encourage you to try it! No, it doesn't have to be as consuming (or personal) as Facebook.
Just read and few blogs and post a couple of "thumbs up" emoticons on them. I can guarantee you that those little symbols will mean so much to the author! And you might even get a Spark Goodie or similar reply yourself!!!
Don't cheat the Spark!!! Spread it any way you can!!!
Thursday, September 02, 2010
For those of you who don't work in education, high school is probably just a blur of bad skin and algebra homework...
But for those of us who still go to school, it is so much more...I work as a 7 - 12 grade guidance counselor. I am so blessed to say that 99% of the time I love my job!
For instance, today our Juniors ordered their class rings and our Seniors ordered their graduation announcements...Talk about excitement! It smelled like Teen Spirit all up and down the halls today. These kids are so young, so full of life and expectations...I am honored to get to be a part of it all.
We have a HUGE football game tomorrow night against our biggest rivalry. Kids were adorned in school colors, signs have been hung all of the campus, and the band, cheerleaders, and football players have been practicing their little hearts out! They are soooooo serious about it all!
Today we also had (baked) tater tots in the cafeteria. I had to stop a herd of 7th grade boys who were literally barreling towards the cafeteria. I said, "Hey, guys, no running in the halls. There will be plenty for everyone." They responded, "But we're having tater tots today!!!" As if that was the most logical thing in the world and should give them full license to run.
I just love being around these kiddos...I think it keeps me young. I hope to be that person from their high school memories that they look back on and think, "Yes, she was great! She always spoke to me in the halls...or asked about my day...or helped me get into college..." Whatever the case may be, I want to leave a legacy with the students.
My job isn't always about the fun stuff; there is a lot of sad, too. I try to take solace in the fact that I am helping as much as I can.
Didn't mean to ramble; guess today was reflective....
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I can blame it on the heat, the fact that I am back to work (with students), my monthly cycle, whatever I choose will work. Any of these excuses would also produce understanding nods of agreement from my friends and family.
Yes, I am having an off week. I want to come home from work and eat Cheetos on the couch until I fall asleep. I want to eat ice cream for dinner. I want to sleep and watch bad television...
However, I am dragging my butt off the couch, avoiding eye contact with the Cheetos and ice cream, putting on my tennis shoes and working out. Do I want to at the time? Heck, no! Am I glad I did later? You bet!
Normally, I am eager to lace up my shoes and get moving, but this week has proved to be a challenge...I've considered taking a rest week, but then I get scared...What if I let a rest "week" turn into a rest "month"??? What will happen to all of my efforts?!???
So, I am pushing through this week with effort...Cooler temps are on the way, next week should be less crazy at work, and my monthly cravings will have subsided...
I'm looking forward to next week!
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