I’m not sure if I’m relieved or a little sad. Writing everyday was definitely out of my comfort zone, but it feels great to have accomplished my goal. There were days I REALLY wanted to give up, but I found a way. Some posts were better than others, that is true with everything in life. When we are reaching out of our comfort zone, there will be slip-ups but the decision to keep moving forward is the victory.
I hope you enjoyed the journey and maybe learned a little more about me. I am so thankful to all of you supporting me through the month. I’m looking forward to some fun holiday posts – although not daily
Like many people, I try to express my gratitude often. It is still nice to take a moment and put them into words.
I am lucky to have an amazing husband. We laugh, run, and explore the world together. Our kids are truly a gift! They snuggle, make jokes (that are actually funny), explore and share their wisdom with us.
My parents don’t only help out with the kids, they are sounding boards for everything from sports and parenting to running a business. They are our rock. My sister is always there when we need her and openly accepts and laughs at all the silly things I send her from pinterest.
I have an amazing network of friends. My friends come from all aspects of my life. Some are childhood friends, colleagues and fellow parents. I can’t say enough about the strength and fun they bring me everyday.
Many of my students can fall in the friends category. They show up each day and allow me to do what I love. I couldn’t do it without them.
I’m off to spend time with my family!! Enjoy your day
My brain isn’t finishing any one thought today. I was tempted to give up, but I’m so close! Here are a few of the things I’ve been thinking about:
Sometimes it is so hard to just say “Thank You” when being complimented. While giving thanks and gratitude, be sure to openly accept thanks and gratitude from others
Listen to your body:
I’ve been sick for weeks and I’m finally taking strong anti-biotics. The more prudent decision would have been to take a few days off and get healthy before it gets worse. I’m sure everyone would survive if I missed a few days
Enjoy your feast on Thursday:
I’m a true believer in enjoying my Thanksgiving meal. I don’t feel guilt about my feast. I will go back to eating healthy on Friday. Bring on the pie!
Get out and move:
We can all find little ways to exercise over the holidays. We can balance in the kitchen, go for a walk, and lift our feet up and down while sitting.
Make time for your happiness! Need a break or want to see a silly movie? Do it! You will be more helpful and fun to be around.
That’s it for today :). What’s on your mind?
We all know that honoring our commitments is hard. I have to say, today is the first day that I really didn’t want to write a blog post. Frankly, I had nothing to say. I knew that I had committed to writing a post everyday and wound up a little grumpy.
Today, we began BOKS. It was a trial run with just our kids while we get a feel for the flow of the program. Like all volunteering, there is a lot of commitment required. Not just on the part of the parents, but the kids too.
I am so excited about this project and can’t wait to get going. I know there will be cold, snowy mornings that I won’t want to trek in early; but I will. I know it will be worth it and I’ll be happy that I made the commitment.
I wrote about my running struggles and it’s honestly honoring my commitment to another 5k (and a heavy dose of competitiveness) that gets me on the treadmill.
Historically, I have taken on too many responsibilities. I hate saying no and often feel that I have to help out. After taking on too much (and burning out), I’ve learned to only take on projects that I’m passionate about.
There is always a dip in motivation. If there is passion behind the work, it’s easier to get back in the saddle. Yes, I was grumpy and unmotivated; yet after talking about commitment with another mom and taking a deep breath ~ I realized I love sharing my thoughts here and it wasn’t so hard when I sat down to write.
What keeps you going and honoring your commitments?
Today’s NaBloPoMo prompt is “What’s your favorite hour of the day” but there are so many good ones, I decided to pick my least favorite hour.
My least favorite hour is 7:00 PM. This is the beginning of bedtime and it is the longest hour of the day. There is a lot of repeating myself and raised voices. It’s that time of day where you can see the light. Relaxation and TV time with the hubby is within grasp.
First, we go through all the usual brushing teeth, reading for school. Then it becomes, “no playing football in your room”, “no jumping from bed to bed”. Finally, there’s quiet. This usually means they have snuck down the stairs and are watching what we are watching. Eventually, they fall asleep.
We have a pretty good routine and overall, it isn’t that bad; but definitely the longest and my least favorite hour of the day.
A few of my favorite hours are:
9:00 AM because I’m usually teaching a class and it makes me happy
2:00 PM this is usually my downtime when I blog and catch up on Revenge or General Hospital
4:30-7:00 PM the kids and my hubby come home, we have dinner, homework and generally a good time
What is your favorite or least favorite hour of the day?
Well, today we had our first snow. There is something about the first snow. It changed over while I was teaching and thirty adults couldn’t stop looking at and talking about the snow. Their teacher may have snuck in a few extra reps while they were talking about the snow
It’s fun to see all the photos on Facebook and Instagram of kids playing in the snow. Like most snowfall on the Cape, it will be gone tomorrow and we will have a warm weekend. Although, many of us will be shopping for new snow gear tonight. Those silly kids keep growing.
Heavier clothing and comfort foods are upon us. I try to limit comfort foods to once a week (and it’s often modified) and we bundle up to head out on adventures. Do you have any tricks for staying healthy in colder weather? What’s your challenge for staying healthy in the winter?
Here are a few things you may not know about me
I LOVE French fries!!
True story, I’ve never met a French fry I didn’t like. I’m not picky about size, style, type of potato, anything. My kids will tell you – mommy doesn’t share her fries
I truly think working out is fun
I know it seems crazy, but I love it. Everything about it makes me happy. The sense of accomplishment, camaraderie and just general happiness when I hit a goal.
I love my lululemons
I know the company has many issues, but I love their pants. Thankfully, I get a discount and I only have a few pairs. I wash them all the time so I can wear them to teach.
I enjoy rap
If I didn’t have to worry about my students, I would play Eminem and Pit Bull in all of my classes.
My hair is always in a ponytail
I have even tried to cut it too short for a ponytail, but I always find a way. I don’t know if it’s years of dancing, but it feels weird to have it down. Sometimes I wear it down but that generally doesn’t last long. Forget an elastic? I usually have many extra. I hide them everywhere.
I could talk to a wall
I love conversation! Sometimes I get a little excited and ramble, but I also love hearing people’s stories. We all have one and it’s awesome to hear about what people have studied, where they’ve traveled, etc
The beach is my favorite place
Similar to fries, there is no bad beach! I prefer the warm weather, but I’ll walk on the beach in any season. It brings me happiness
That’s it for now Please feel free to share your own “confessions” in the comments or on Facebook!
The easy answer would be that it’s hard. But is it? I have many opinions and plenty in my head. The hardest part is finding the time. I usually write when I’m done teaching and running errands before the kids come home from school. Typically, Tuesday and Thursday are the days with the most “spare time”.
Shocking as it may be, the internet works in the evening too. Who knew I have been able to squeeze in writing while the kids are doing homework and taking showers. No one is losing my attention and my thoughts are often more complete.
The prompts have been helpful. It’s fun to write from a different perspective. Having to write has also let me write posts I might otherwise over analyze. For example, I’ve been debating about writing a post about teachers discouraging students. Yet, this seemed a little too preachy so I put it on the back burner. After reading Brooklyn Active Mama’s post yesterday and needing my own post I just wrote it. No time to analyze – just write.
I am curious to see how the rest of the month goes. There are 22 more posts coming in November. Hopefully, I continue to be inspired and enjoy the process.
What do you think about the challenge so far? Anything you would like to see in an upcoming post?
Part of #NaBloPoMo is the option to use prompts. I decided to use today’s “What would you change about yourself and why?”
I have to say, my lack of housekeeping skills. The house isn’t dirty, but comfortably cluttered. The kids seem to come home with more and more stuff. Add in teaching gear, many magazines and books. It can get a little overwhelming. I always figure there are only so many hours in the day.
I go through phases that I completely organize and create homes for all the stuff. Just like my plans to wear make-up ~ it slowly goes by the wayside. Truthfully, make-up lasts one, maybe two days and I maintain the clutter for a few weeks
We are getting ready for a big, clean-up, reorganization, with the holidays approaching. This is a time of year where stuff seems to multiply. I try to stay ahead of it and hopefully, this year I’ll be organized all the way through.
This isn’t something I obsess over, but feel it is the one thing I would change What would you change?
I am not a big New Year’s resolution person, but this year, I decided to try a mantra. I went with “Go All In”. To me this meant taking opportunities as they come and actively looking for new opportunities. I decided I didn’t want to look back and think “maybe it would have worked if I had tried harder”. I feel this applies to so many aspects of life.
We often cut ourselves short and don’t take the extra step. It is scary to put yourself out there. I can honestly say, it has been more satisfying than I ever imagined. This brings me to NaBloPoMa….
BlogHer has challenged bloggers to post everyday for the month of November. While the thought scares me – do I have enough to say? Will it be interesting? The truth is, I don’t know! I guess we’ll find out because I decided to take the challenge. For the next 30 days, I will be blogging everyday. These posts will vary in length and cover a little bit of everything. I would love your feedback and suggestions for posts! If you want to see how other bloggers are approaching the challenge you can find the with #NaBloPoMa on Facebook and Twitter
Do you have resolutions or have a mantra? What chances have you taken so far this year?