Saturday, August 18, 2012
I am a bit keyed up and fell asleep only to wake up congested and so I decided to ramble for a while.
I am really excited about starting a new year and to get to work with my students. I both LOVE and HATE these first few weeks because everything is ALWAYS in a state of change constantly. Even students we KNOW well, change over the summer and the things that have worked in the past no longer work, the things they used to do, they don't seem to be able to do now, etc. Staff changes and whole new relationships develop. This year I am really rested and motivated to make things work for all of the kids and also for myself and the adults as well.
On the healthy eating and exercise plan - I am really trying to plan healthy lunches and find a way to get my swimming in without getting home too late and losing my sleep time. I feel like I will make it work. I have discovered some new foods to take to school and am sure that this year will be one with MORE successes than slip-ups.
I am also going to start to write more. The second day of our opening days was based at our home schools and not county-wide. The principal showed a clip from the Internet that had a message I really liked. It was not particularly new or even unique but the way he said it made the point well (or maybe I was just open to it because of the readings and the blogging I have been doing). The message was that we should pick something NEW to do for 30 days - dream BIG and no matter what you choose to do, you can do almost ANYTHING for just 30 days. He said that one of the things he did was to write a BOOK - all he had to do was write about 1667 words each day for 30 days and then he had written a book. Then, he said when people asked him what he did, he could HONESTLY say he was novelist and had written a book. He also pointed out that since he DID write it in 30 days, it was a pretty terrible book, BUT it was a complete BOOK. The end of his message was that at the end of 30 days, those 30 days would be gone regardless of what he had done, so why not make them interesting. He had a whole list of other things he had done for 30 days - trained for a marathon, climbed a mountain, learned to meditate, learned to speak a foreign language, etc. The list could go on forever. Think about it. What would I like to do and why couldn't I do most of those things for 30 days??