Making it to Practice: How to Cultivate Self-Awareness for the Big Game of Everyday Life

Making it to Practice:  How to Cultivate Self-Awareness for the Big Game of Everyday Life

Just yesterday I was sitting on a metal stool, eating my lunch at a counter.  Everything was fine, and then I got a sharp pain in my left leg that felt like a bug bite.  That was manageable, but the pain caused my leg to jerk to the side, thereby whacking it on the stool leg and creating way more pain than the original sensation. 

I swore like a sailor (because profanity is one of my guilty pleasures), rubbing my leg until the pain lessened adequately, and continued eating my lunch.  Then, as I was finishing up, I took a swig of my seltzer and some of it went down the wrong tube, resulting in that kind of coughing that is more reminiscent of eye-watering and gagging noises than anything else.

Then the burst of rage came. 

Take Care of Your Body & Mind: How Teachers Can Ease Their Transition Back to School

Take Care of Your Body & Mind:  How Teachers Can Ease Their Transition Back to School

Since it’s late August, it’s time for us to get back into the swing of things at school.  As I mentioned in my post earlier this month, transitions are hard, and we as educators need to be intentional about doing (or not doing) whatever is necessary to ease this transition.  Here are two important areas of focus to consider.

Back to School Meditation for Teachers

Back to School Meditation for Teachers

It's that time of year again. 

For all who are getting ready to go back to school, (or are already back) I created a "very special" Back to School Meditation for Teachers.

Transitions Are Hard - Be Gentle With Yourself

Transitions Are Hard - Be Gentle With Yourself

This week is teacher work week.

As I write this, I am now at home after an all-day, off site professional development training with all the certified staff at my school.  The details of the training itself aren’t particularly important.  What is important is how I felt by the end of the day: really, really tired. 
 

Why Your Back-to-School "Dream" is a Good Sign and Could Inspire Your Best Year Yet

Why Your Back-to-School "Dream" is a Good Sign and Could Inspire Your Best Year Yet

Have you had the dream yet? 

You know the one.  It happens in the final weeks of summer, before teachers have to report back to school.  For some reason, they come sooner and sooner for me every year.  I haven’t had it yet, but I can sense it in the distance, like the faint, high minor chord of a horror movie soundtrack.

Celebrating Our Passions

Celebrating Our Passions

It’s around this time of the summer that everything hits its peak:  the celebrations, the travel and activities, and the heat.  For those of us who allow ourselves to think about it, the beginning of July is also the marker that summer is halfway over.  While it would be very easy to expend energy bemoaning this fact, instead I’m going to try to reframe this as a reminder to savor the time that remains and celebrate all the summer and vacation-related things I feel passionate about.  Which brings me to July’s theme:  passion. 

Making the Most of Mornings in Bed

Making the Most of Mornings in Bed

Ah, summer mornings.  As an educator, odds are you don’t need to wake up to an alarm or jump out of bed to get to work this time of year.  If you do, it is by choice.  Whatever your summer mornings look like, I would like to offer some ideas about how you might further indulge in the pleasure of lingering in bed. 

Take It Easy

Take It Easy

Summer is upon us and it is beautiful.  Whether you’re travelling or enjoying a “staycation” of sorts, being off from school is truly glorious.  (Can you tell I’m really excited about it?)

As educators, it is our opportunity to rest and recharge after another school year.  As I hear from my colleagues, summer isn’t time “off” from work, but instead can be seen as the cashing in of all the physical and emotional overtime put in on evenings and weekends throughout the year.  So here we are, enjoying this opportunity to truly take it easy. 

The Power of NO

The Power of NO

The path to simplicity begins with a refusal of the nonessential and unproductive.

It's been several decades since Americans were first introduced to the idea that they should "Just say no." While the context of this was originally about saying no to drugs, I believe this recommendation has even greater potential for those of us looking to simplify our lives in one way or another. In my ongoing effort to simplify my life, I have found that there are two general categories to which I offer a steadfast and gracious "no" when I can: nonessential external demands and unproductive internal beliefs.

It is important to emphasize that saying no is not negative or selfish or uncaring. Instead, saying no to one thing is equivalent to saying yes to what is more important to you.