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!

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.