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Take Time to Love: A Life Post

In the past week I have been out of town twice, once was for a trip to Sea World with my husband and my little. In the other instance of travel, we went to a funeral. I get so caught up with life and trying to be the best at everything I attempt that I sometimes forget to go slow and appreciate.

The weather was HORRIBLE at Sea World so we received Sunny Day Passes to come back another time. I could have been bent out of shape about that but I chose not to. I look at that as another opportunity for me to spend time with my little family. It is a time for us to bond at a later date, that I am committed to and I am looking forward to.  There are many that would LOVE an opportunity to spend a carefree day with their family but cannot. I need to seize and hold every opportunity I can with my loved ones. I also need to build them in and schedule them. They will not happen spontaneously. I need to make the date and commit to what we call in my house “Hugs and Lovin’ ” time.  I also need to make sure I make that time for myself–because I need to be kinder to myself and give myself some hugs and lovin’. That may look like a hot cup of tea in a quiet room for five minutes. But it is necessary.

The funeral was sad for me. My husbands Abuela passed and he was devastated. I felt the loss but it was different. In a family of people who may not have initially accepted me (and some who have still not 8 years of marriage in) because I am culturally and racially different, Abuela took one look at me and claimed me as hers. She never judged. She said I had picked up a little weight and was so pretty. She also wanted me to have another baby. She had a quiet strength to her even though she was well over 90. She spoke and you listened. But she was always a comfort.

This year I will set the things I think of as priorities and let the rest of my obligations fill in the gaps.  I need to take the time to love my family, and I need to take the time to love myself. I need to care for both before I can think about being a productive member of any workforce or society. These are my most important needs, these are things I cannot live without.

I want to be an even more amazing teacher this year. But I also want a balanced life. I cannot care for others and pour so much time into them that I neglect those closest to me. So I won’t. Here’s to Great Expectations for me.

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Summertime and I’m Feeling Fine

This was a difficult and trying school year. I needed this down time from Blogging just so my body could rest and kind of reset. I have grown so much and feel SO EXCITED to go back in August…just not yet. I mean, Mama needs her rest.

Just because you may not be sitting in a freezing air conditioned room for Professional Development does not mean that you cannot grow and evolve. My biggest tip would be to plan little by little over the summer. Make things throughout the summer. Print, cut and laminate gradually. That way during Pre-Planning and during Early Opening time you can begin to put things up. This coming school year I really want to work smarter…not harder. 7thingstoaccomplishtrans.png

  1. Spend Quality Time with My Family…Not Just Spend time Around them because I am off work and…here.
  2. Create Bulletin Board Items, and Plan Bulletin Boards
  3. Post at least 1 Blog Post a Week and Create at Least 1 Product a Week starting with Stuff I will actually Use
  4. Draft a Supply List for my Classroom, Create a Budget and Not Overspend
  5. Have Regular Date Nights with my Husband
  6. Have Fun Day Trips to Another City or Location…Multiple Times
  7. Design My Class Website, and Develop a Plan so I Use it With Fidelity!

What do you want to get done this Summer?

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