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. End of State Testing. Even if you don’t live in the state of Texas, you might be aware of just how much emphasis is on state testing in grade-school, despite pushback in all directions from educational stakeholders. As a teacher, I am always more than ready for it to be over. Well, it’s over!! — this year, anyway. Phew!
2. Slap Happy Shenanigans. During state testing, teachers can get pretty darn slap-happy. Humor is a great survival tactic during a week of staring at bare walls and the backs of students’ heads while they take the high-stakes tests. I’ll leave our practical jokes to the imagination (what happens in our school stays in our school), but I enjoyed a few shared hearty laughs and messing with my coworkers — in a friendly way, of course.
3. Next Gen. Admittedly, I am a true nerd (a positive label, in my book), so I am stoked to be chosen for my school district’s Next Gen program, where I am set up with an instructional coach who will help me carry out any project I want to do in my classroom or in my grade-level. It’s an opportunity for learning and growth, and we get the resources we need to make a dream of ours happen that we may or may not have previously had to make happen. To work for a district that offers this amount of support and opportunity for growth is rare and so appreciated. I can’t imagine working anywhere else, and I am so excited about the opportunity to create something outside of the box to take my classroom to the next level.
4. Movies and a Salad?? My bf was out of town again this week for business, and after returning Thursday night, he and I spent the night catching up. I never thought I would say this, but I love the feeling of missing someone and someone missing me, so it was another really nice reunion (after one week — ha, I’m pathetic!). Understandably tired after his week, we ordered a movie and pizza and stayed in. Well, he ordered a pizza, and I… a salad. Wah-wah. How is that for self-control? I hardly ever have it, if something delicious is staring me in the face, but bikini season is upon us. Didn’t matter though, because the good company trumped my sad lettuce leaves.
5. An Epiphany About Shortcomings. As a true blue Virgo, one of my faults is that I can often be too critical of those around me (as well as of myself). However, I recently read something in an article (if I could remember where, I would cite it — oops) about how we must avoid becoming overly critical of others’ shortcomings; just because those shortcomings may not be one of ours doesn’t mean we should expect the same of others. This is not to say one should disregard standards and expectations but to relax a little and make more space for empathy and awareness. As simple as it sounds, this was still huge for me. I have certain strengths and when others don’t match them, I often become upset by that, and in turn critical of those things. However, of course, there are things about myself that have never been strengths of mine, so I can’t expect someone else to be shaped in the same way. This sets me free of feeling hurt or taking others’ shortcomings personally, and alternatively creates more empathy for those things, and allows me to reflect more about what others may see as my shortcomings in lieu of my strengths so that I may grow not only for them but for myself.
6. Weekend With Roommie. I’ve said this before — just because we live together, doesn’t mean we see each other often, as we are both busy women (okay, especially her!). So I was happy her weekend plans were cancelled. Okay, maybe that’s not the right thing to say — sorry for her — happy for me! Anyway, it was nice to go out with her and spend real time instead of a few minutes here and there while running out the door before work or those last few minutes in front of the television before heading off to bed.
7. Celebration. My boyfriend recently shared some good news regarding his job, so we decided it deserved some celebration yesterday. Despite having a solid reason to go out, it doesn’t take much to convince me to spend more time with him — he is about as fun-loving and easy to be around as they come. We went out for dinner and drinks downtown at one of our favorite spots and laughed whilst dodging hungry birds and goggling at baby pictures of each other on our phones. We then shared some of our favorite smokey whiskey while watching The Revenant upon returning to his place. It was the perfect beverage and movie for a rainy night and snuggling up on the couch. Thank GOD for those kind of nights before another long work week.
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!