Friday, January 1, 2016

Currently {January 2016}

Happy New Year and new month! I can't believe it's already 2016! My gosh, my mother was right....time sure seems to speed up the older that you get.

Alas, since it's the first, that means its time for Currently!


 

Listening: I'm not sure what show The Husband is currently watching but my word....there is a HUGE amount of cursing going on. I am all about cursing when necessary, but every other word seems rather excessive.

Loving: Despite spending a huge portion of my break participating in online professional development, I feel so relaxed and rejuvenated. I've done some pleasure reading, I've played games, spent time with my kids and of course, kissed my wonderful husband at midnight last night. Doesn't get much better than that.

Thinking: It's not a secret that being a mom, a wife, a teacher and a graduate student is a lot of work. It often feels as though I'm pulled in 20 directions at the same time...yet somehow I manage to balance it all. Alas, I have determined in the last 18 months since I started my Ed.D. program that I would use my breaks to take a break....and I have stuck to that and it's wonderful. I've read many posts on FaceBook lamenting how much work the person still has to get through before Monday. It reinforces for me how very glad I am that I left my work at work so I could take time to just be me and be with my family. It's called a "break" for a reason, right? The kids aren't working, so why should we be??

Wanting: My father-in-law's girlfriend gave me a gift certificate to a new cheesecake company for Christmas and I picked up a cheesecake yesterday. Miraculously, it made it through NYE without being dug into....but I don't think it's going to make it all day today. It's calling my name!

Needing: So over this break I have connected with many, many new teachers, educators and education gurus on Twitter which has been super fun. Whenever someone who I consider to be "famous" (ie they have written books that are popular or whatnot) follows me on Twitter, I feel a little giddy (because I'm a weirdo)....but one of these said gurus is asking for book proposals and I've had an idea bouncing around in my head for awhile so I may just write that proposal over the next couple of days that I still have free and submit it. I don't want to say too much about it yet because then I'll chicken out and won't follow through.

One Little Word:  Whilst reading my Twitter feed this morning, I came across another spot where people were talking about their OLW...and I decided mine will be intentional. I want to be intentional in everything I do this year from teaching to book proposals to professional learning and growth, I want to be intentional and go in with a plan for what I would like to get out of whatever it is.

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  1. Wonderful that your break was truly that! Mine was also, and it feels great! Intentional is such a great word, I almost chose that one also. Good luck with the book proposal!
    Alyce

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    1. Thank you! I'm about halfway through the proposal so if I can get it done this week, I can submit it and cross my fingers! :) Happy New Year!

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  2. Happy New Year! I am so glad you made the goal to leave work at work AND have stuck with it! I have never been good at that one. I hope that writing down your intentions keeps you motivated to submit that book proposal (PS - Go for it!!)
    Storie

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    1. So far, the motivation has stayed and I'm about halfway through my book proposal! Eeek! :)

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  3. Happy New Year! I, too, left much of my work at school...although I think I will end up going in for an afternoon to see what kind of "disaster" I left behind, maybe put up a new bulletin board, and get a head start on some photocopying...

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    1. We are not allowed in our schools over our breaks...and sometimes I am so very glad that we aren't! It forces us to take a break.

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  4. I love your word--intentional. So often, we get lost in the hustle bustle of life, and get sloppy with our actions or words. Good reminder! Best wishes in the new year!

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    1. I absolutely agree and that is why I chose intentional....because I am so busy (as we all are) that sometimes I don't put in the effort that I need to put in the first time and I end up frustrated because I didn't work to my own standard. By going in with intention, I am hoping to break those habits and just focus on the one task at hand in order to get it done and done well the first time.

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  5. I left work at work, too, and I don't regret it at all! It's so important to just take a break every once in awhile.

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