Month: March 2015

#sol15 Day #31 Goals

Today I have felt beaten down, exhausted, struggling to stay focused.

This is a temporary state I know… still recovering from a busy weekend.

But, it was getting me down.  Smaller troubles seem bigger when I am tired.

I pushed on… I was my best teacher self today, fulfilled my mom role and pushed myself to go to yoga instead of laying down on the couch.

As I was leaving class I saw this poster…

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This small quote helped me feel better…

It reminded me today was Day #31 of the Slice of Life challenge and I achieved that goal.  When it came to writing this month I didn’t see obstacles.

Moving on… there are obstacles in my life keeping me from who I want to be.

This month has shown me I NEED to set goals and chip away at them day by day  to be my best self.

I know I can do this.

#sol15 Day #30 Stop and Breathe

This morning I flicked on the light in my classroom not really sure what to expect. Having been out on Friday and away over the weekend, I was anxious to be get back up to speed.

As I approached my desk, I noticed it was cleaner than normal because I had picked up more thoroughly for the substitute teacher on Friday. It was nice to walk in and not have “to do” piles all over. Then I got busy…

I read through the notes from the sub and recycled them.

I emptied my school bag of what I would need for the day.

I gathered up books for the new book clubs that are launching this week.

Looked for picture books and poems to compliment our social studies unit.

Wrote the morning message, wrote the instrumental music lesson schedule on the board and updated the schedule.

I made a cup of coffee and set it aside to cool a bit.

Created a chart with current reading goal in student friendly language.

Settled in with a small pile of historical fiction stories that were turned in on Friday… I had read the rest over the weekend and needed to go over the late ones.

I took a sip of coffee and paused… taken by surprise.  That sip of coffee was exceptional.  Just the right temperature, just the right splash of cream made this the perfect sip of coffee.  I sat back and took a breath, relaxed and took another this sip of the full-bodied delicious coffee.

It is the same coffee I drink every day, Green Mountain Dark Magic, made using the Keurig.  But, today I paid that extra ounce of attention to it and enjoyed it so much more.  I sat and savored a few more sips before getting back to work.

I took this as a lesson to slow down, be mindful and savor the goodness in my busy day.

#sol15 Day #29 Sigh… Beach Ride Doesn’t Go as Planned

Today I was excited to return to the beach to get a last ride in before it is closed to horses. Unfortunately, several other people had the same plans.

When Susie and I pulled up to the parking lot there was no space for us and since this is a beach community there was no place for us to park. We headed down the coast in search of another lot that is open to horse trailers. After some searching we found the lot, tacked up the horses and headed to the beach.

We weren’t familiar with the beach access locations. When we got to one, it was covered in deep snow. The horses were being a bit silly about it. I hopped off, led Dixie through, she followed me and the other horse, Spark, followed her.

I remounted and we began to enjoy the day. Clear blue sky, lighter wind and slightly warmer than our last ride. It was a picture perfect beach day.

Dixie was feeling calm and relaxed when suddenly she whirled around, side stepped and tried to go the other way. I managed to stay on and get her back together. We couldn’t figure what spooked her so we rode on.

Then, ahead of us we could we could make out a sailboarder on the beach. It is a windsurfer with a giant skateboard. Dixie decided she didn’t like the look of that so I hopped off before any trouble. We turned around and started heading back down the beach but Dixie wouldn’t settle down even with me on the ground.

Susie and I decided to move off the beach and switched horses. We ended up taking a short ride around the side roads near where we parked. The horses were calm and collected. I guess today just wasn’t our day for a beach ride…