Let’s face it // Mondays stink. Or at least we typically expect them to stink. That is why, every Monday, I post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what I have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.
1. Mister Wright. Excuse me for a moment while I #TwinBrag. My sister entered this world as a natural artist, and in her lifetime, this ability has taken on many forms including dance and choreography. I’ll be honest, I knew she always had an interest in fashion, but what I didn’t realize was that she also had a natural talent in creating fashion. She recently decided to take a risk and go for her dream of creating a dress line. In short, her dresses are inspired by the women in her life who have achieved a utilitarian yet aesthetically pleasing approach to dress. In order to fund her project, she has generated a Kickstarter page. Please check out her designs here — they are both simple and beautiful. I am so proud of not only her designs but also of her fearlessness in going for something that is new and maybe a little unknowing and scary.
2. Exercise. This week was inundated with grading papers and projects, and often exercise was my only solace from staring at the same piece of paper with different names on them for too long and getting eye sores as a result. I don’t know that I have mentioned this beyond a single blog post over the summer, but beyond teaching, I am also a health and fitness coach. I started working for Beachbody this summer because I was already enjoying their products and participating in a challenge group, so I figured I might as well do something over my summer break that will not only hold me more accountable as a leader but also earn me some extra cash while doing so. As a side-note, it has also become something more than what I initially thought, as I am finding that just in doing what I need to do for myself, I am inspiring others to jump on board, and that has been rewarding. In return, others inspire me to keep moving forward, especially when I make the mistake of forgetting my lunch and going for a bag of Cheetos and a Snicker bar in the vending machine as if it were my only other option… but that didn’t happen at all. Although my stress eating has faltered a bit, I will say that it has helped me to continue to exercise on days that I may not have otherwise lifted a finger after a long day of work — so there’s that. And I’m working on the other part of it, not that I even have a Cheetos problem…
3. Curriculum Night. This past week was full of long nights, and Wednesday was the longest with Curriculum Night, otherwise known as Meet the Teacher Night. It went smoothly, but more so than that I was reminded of how great my team is (not that I need the reminding). This year, we tried things a bit differently, as my principal wanted his teachers to create videos about our individual classrooms and a bit about what makes us unique as our students’ teachers, and I have to appreciate his sneaky way of getting his staff to learn a new skill. Because of us doing some front-loading, that freed us up to be able to present something else on curriculum night, which was for the parents to go around to different workshops, e.g., to learn how to use our students’ school management system (kind of like Facebook but more useful – ha!), and to meet their students’ team of teachers all at the same time. Each member of my team prepared part of a speech for the parents when it came time for them to come around to our “workshop,” and it was intriguing to see the other teachers in action, talking about a job they love as much as I do.
4. Bye Felicia. This is a bit of a silly thing, needless to say, but I can’t lie about how oddly happy I was to finally learn the meaning behind this trending ambiguous phrase (and okay, you got me, I’m stretching a bit — it was a busy week!). I knew solely that it was meant to shut someone down, but I had no clue of its origin and had been curious, so I was dorkily (#werd) excited when someone brought it up in conversation (if you are as wildly curious, I will only say that it is from the movie Friday – go look it up!). I could leave it at that, but where I learned it was also a good part of my week — though spending time with friends after a long week of work has now become a bit of cliché, I say it so frequently. Somebody stop me; I’m saying it again.
5. Work Companion. So this week was not all fun and games, but it’s nice sometimes just to have someone around to sit side-by-side and enjoy a little “work-date.”
6. United. Growing up in a family that loves soccer, I suppose I’ve always been a bit of a fan through osmosis, but I’ve never felt loyalty towards any particular team. Cheering on Manchester United with a super fan has been a fun new routine, and Saturday’s game was pretty exciting as the newbie Anthony Martial, only 19 years-old, scored a goal against Liverpool in his first game. I found myself telling my sister all about the game on the phone the other day, and it wasn’t until then that I realized I was a bit hooked myself. Watch out, super fan; it’s kind of on.
7. Writing Poetry. Since writing a post recently about setting some new goals for myself, I’ve enjoyed writing more about what I honestly care about and looking into spoken word poetry in Austin. It’s been both freeing and exciting, as I was once ignited by my fears instead of stifled by them, and I feel this is a time in my life when good, healthy fear is making a come-back.
I hope to inspire you to reflect on all you have to be grateful & that your week brings you even more positivity + balance + bliss! Feel free to share your seven with me as well / or even just a couple!
Have a wonderful week!