Thursday, August 08, 2013
I started teaching summer school a week and a half ago. I have these 9 kids only 3 hours a day 4 days a week for 4 weeks. I love to teach, but these nine kids mostly spend the time looking blankly at something. I depend a lot on building relationships, but there isn't enough time in this situation. While I have not regretted agreeing to do this, I was basically thinking just get this over and I can get on to the "main event" - fall. Yesterday only 4 of them showed up. I was upset at first, but it was such a luxury getting to know those 4 a little bit better. After summer school, I went to the office and my class list for the fall was in my mailbox. I didn't get any of these kids I was teaching this summer. I am extremely disappointed. I guess my message is that you are may not always be enthusiastic at first about something, but give it time, and enthusiasm might happen or return. The kids yesterday seemed happy for the first time and I was happy.
Can't wait to start today to see enthusiasm! Now I have to remember to withhold judgement and not worry about what other people say about my fall class, like I have the 5 worst behavior problems from K! Build relationships and enthusiasm (although that may take some time, since at least one of them lays on the floor and screams and another throws chairs). Seriously!
Pushing through the tough times in life requires hard work and enthusiasm, which in turn leads to success!
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
There is a city less than 10 miles from us that has a minor league team and it is as minor as you can get and still be part of the majors! We went to a game last night and I have always loved the atmosphere there. Tickets less than $8, relatively cheap food, parents with young kids all over the place. These players get paid very little. They hope to be successful and break into the big leagues, but sometimes that doesn't ever happen. There was one player that I noticed had been on the team since 2008. Now I don't know what his motivation is for staying with the team for 5 years, I would guess he has probably come to grips with the fact that it is highly unlikely that he will ever go up in the ranks. So why do it? I began thinking about how he must motivate himself, his love for the game, never giving up, etc. I admire that with a lot of these guys. Lessons for me come unexpectedly from the strangest places. Be open to new ideas and support for your goals from unlikely sources!
You are a winner when you have the courage and decide to begin a journey, not when you are what you consider a success.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Today my adult son from Texas comes home for a week. All right, it really isn't HIS home any longer, but... I am beyond excited to see him since it has been since Christmas. Since he has sort of a routine to visit all his favorite food places to visit while he is here, it sort of presents a problem. He is not expecting me to spend time making elaborate meals, that's good. He is expecting us to join him at his favorite places, that's bad. I have a plan, which 6 months ago I would not have even bothered thinking up one! I have asked him to give me warning the night before where we are going the next night. I will decide ahead of time what I will order, I will eat lighter the rest of the day, and I will NOT miss one day of exercise! I will pay attention to myself, in addition to someone else!
I will be mindful of all aspects of my life.
I will be paying attention every day. I've got this!
Monday, August 05, 2013
While my head knows that this is MY journey and no one else's, it can be hard not to compare with other people. Questions go through my head. Why am I not losing weight? Why is my weight going down when others are losing more? How do some find so much time to exercise? This is my journey and I can only worry about things I can control. I can control what I eat, whether I work out that day, whether I use a combination of cardio and strength training, and whether I drink the recommended amount of water. I can also search for as much information as possible to help my journey. MY journey and story!
Enjoying the journey is something I am working on. It's easy to enjoy when you see the fruits of your labors, not so easy when the changes are not so obvious!
Sunday, August 04, 2013
On the spur of the moment, my husband suggested that we take the day and drive to the Finger Lakes. Now one of my great pleasures is visiting wineries once or twice a year (not so much my husband's, since he hates wine!). It was a gorgeous day and I began to think about how taking the time to relax is also so important. I know I went on a vacation early on in the summer, but it wasn't restful. Absolutely fantastic, yes, but not relaxing!
It was a perfect day! Just what both of us needed!
I am done "recharging" for now and ready to start the new week!
Recharging my batteries should be one of my goals too. Otherwise, working out, eating healthy, and tracking everything can become stressful. What do you do to relax and "destress" yourself?
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