52 Weeks of Gratitude – Week 11

Today I’ll start my second week of teaching this year. I don’t feel quite organized enough, and I’m a bit off-kilter from all of the changes that are happening around this year. I know it will be a good week.

I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had in my life. The things that I have most wanted have come to fruition, and even with the things that have set me back I know I can always fall back on the fact that I really have been fortunate enough to travel the places I’ve wanted to go, continue my education the way I want to, and have done most of what I set out to do so far.

 

52 Weeks of Gratitude – Week 10

It’s time for a new school year! This morning I’ll be heading to work and the room will be filled with the kids I’ve been preparing the past few weeks for. This year we have a new assistant, new bell schedule and lunches, and a lot of new staff.

We get to start off the year with a clean ceiling! After watching the dirt collect around vents and light covers for the last 8 years they have come in and cleaned everything and replaced the bad ceiling tiles. It looks like a brand new band room. I’m very grateful to be able to teach in a nice facility.

I’m grateful to have the opportunity to do the thing that I set out to do. Not everyone ends up with that ability.

Wish I could make this longer, but it’s time to work!

52 Weeks of Gratitude – Week 9

This is the last night before a new school year officially starts for me. I am very thankful that we have hired someone as the music assistant who I believe shares a common vision and heart with me on running a band program and sharing music with kids. I am very optimistic that truly amazing moments will happen this year and our kids will have more opportunities than ever.

This week Joe was also able to get into the band room and hang up more medals from years past, some cork boards, and the tuba wall mounts. The room is starting to look really great, and I think it has a comfortable feel to it this year. I’m grateful that I had the time this Summer to go in and redo everything to fit our current needs.

Off I go into a week of new adventures!

52 weeks of gratitude – Week 8

Writing at least weekly has already changed my perspective. It’s another way that I can take time to honor myself. I won’t say that what I write is that good or helpful to other people. My brain feels like crusted over tectonic plates ready to give if I keep at it. At one time I think that I was actually pretty good and if my creative writing hadn’t slowed down over the years I think it would be quite good now. It’s all a process.

I have been spending this week at work getting ready for the school year to start. I’m about a days worth of work away from having every piece of paper filed away in my band room! Had the air-conditioner not busted I probably would have already been there. I’ve already sat down and begun ordering things for the new year and scheduled a lot of what could be scheduled so early on. Tomorrow we interview for our new assistant and I’m optimistic about what can be accomplished in the new year. I feel like a lot has been done to help set this year up as a success.

I tend to sell myself short. A lot. I’m my own worst enemy, but the problem is that I just can’t turn my thoughts off. Instead I try to keep my mind busy and distracted so that it doesn’t wander too much into overthinking everything. I’m working on stepping back and trying to see my strengths and flaws the way I would see anyones. I tend to give everyone I know the benefit of the doubt except myself. I have learned over time to work with the natural flow of things much more easily. I do still have the instinct to fight against every current if given a choice. I’m working on that as well. I think that I am allowing my highest good on this journey of life. Sure she’s gotten beat up a little bit with what happens to the living, but my good is still there. I believe that all people at their core are good and want to lead happy, good lives. I believe that all people start off wanting to do right, and wanting to be amazing. I know that people along the way are lost or pushed aside by the force of other people and living, and most of those people reach out for help getting back on to fulfilling their dreams. Unfortunately not everyone is seen when they are waving for help and that’s when they stop trying. To do my greatest good I think I need to continue to seek out those people that need help getting on the path again.

I’m grateful that I’ve had a few people reach out and grab me throughout my life, and that I can recognize that for what it is. I’m grateful for the new perspectives that I’m being offered, and for all of the time I’ve had for self-reflection this week. I’m also very grateful for the time to get my room and job much more in order than it ever has been before the beginning of the school year.

Have a good week.

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August is a time for creative sparks

This Summer has been great. It was maybe not as adventurous as some summers, but it was well-spent resetting a few things. Now that it is time to get back to work, it is time to start thinking about creativity again!  I know a few people who believe that tortured souls are needed to be truly creative. I don’t know about that, I think that it comes out of experiences which create a need for expression. There is then a practical approach to building creativity and that would be through launching these experiences.

That is what I want to do this year. Launch experiences for everyone to feel creative. I want to go back to my first years of teaching where it felt as if I was swimming in a creative life. Yes, there was also drowning in that life. This year I’m going all-in again. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to this past year, other parts of my life just needed me more. I’m expecting that to be able to swim in that deep creative ocean again will be a good thing for every facet of my life.

I don’t mind saying to the one person who may stumble across this blog (hi mom), that some of my core has been shaken in the past year but I don’t think that it’s all said and done yet. This is the year I turn 40, and I’m not done changing by a long shot.  I’m excited about working with someone new. I want to be optimistic about all of the things that my students and I can become this year.

Time to spark some creativity everywhere.