Ruth Ayres invites us to share our celebrations from the week each Saturday. Thank you, Ruth, for reminding me to celebrate. Share yours at Ruth Ayres Writes.
1. It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve blogged, so I’m celebrating making time to write. I’ve missed writing and sharing with my new, little community.
2. I sent in my payment and paperwork for All Write, and I couldn’t be more excited. Last year was such a wonderful learning experience. I met many new friends/mentors, and I’m counting down until I can learn alongside them again. This blog was inspired by the people I met there, and I’m delighted this year I will be able to say on Wednesday night that I have a blog too!
3. It finally feels like there’s light at the end of the tunnel at school. Each flip of the calendar reminds me I will prevail. I know when I’m in the mix of it I can’t see clearly, but as I get closer to the end- I’m starting to appreciate my learning/growth that has occurred. More than anything the year has taught me what I want/need to be a successful teacher for my students. I also have a new appreciation for my upbringing and the love my family gave me. It seems like such a small thing, but I have been able to witness the impact neglect can have on a student. It has been heartbreaking.
4. My China trip is starting to become really real. My friend and I attended orientation for our trip a few weeks ago, and I learned more details about my teaching experience there. I will be teaching Chinese educators ways to teach English to their students. I will have my own translator/assistant- which is kind of fun/funny. Most of the details have me pumped about the experience with the exception of all the rules and customs I need to try to remember while I’m there. For example, in the Chinese culture saving face is very important, and they will want me to be very happy while I’m there. So, I need to try to always appear happy. Since Chinese people typically have trouble reading facial expressions, I was advised to try to smile even when confused to avoid offending them. Ha- I’m not sure how I will smile when I have no idea what people are saying :).
5. My spare bedroom got a makeover that makes me smile each day. I forgot to take a before picture, but the paint was not my taste from an old roommate that I had never changed. The room became a catch all for everything. More importantly it is where I get ready everyday, and it wasn’t really functional (I sat on the floor to do my makeup). We changed the paint to this beautiful light gray color (it was a recommendation from a friend who said gray is the new tan), rearranged the room placement, and added a vanity for me to sit and do my makeup. The room has much more function, and I love getting ready there now. Plus, I cleared all the clutter out, and I got rid of a ton of things. It almost looks bare, but I’m being careful not to fill it with junk. I also inherited some mirrors from my grandpa’s house that I’m planning to spray paint (I spray paint everything) and add to the walls soon. I love having a piece of him that I will see every morning in there. I’ll take some pictures once I add a few more things.
6. This weather makes me so happy. I love driving with my sunroof open, and there’s something about nice weather that makes me turn up my stereo a little louder. Thursday I drove to work blaring my favorite song, dancing like a crazy person. I looked like the person you see at a stoplight dancing like they are at a techno club, and you wonder if they are on drugs. I didn’t even care that I was getting stared at.
Happy Saturday. I hope you have a beautiful day of celebrations and driving and dancing :).