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. Memorial Day Pool Time. At the end of the school year, before the final week, it was rewarding to relax at the pool on a MONDAY. It felt so good to tan my pale skin and cool off in the water. Bring it on summer — I’m ready!
2. New Route. Sometimes it’s the little things, and for whatever reason, this little thing has brightened my week. I found a new running route, and it is not only more challenging, but the view is much more beautiful. To top it off, two times this past weekend, I went out on a run in the sun and got rained on twice — poured on really, but it felt amazing, freeing, and rejuvenating. I’m so happy to have found something that helps me meditate and unwind in a way that is dependent on only one person — me. It’s good to be reminded of how independently strong I am, and I won’t underestimate the need for the reminder anymore.
3. 7th Grade Field Trip. This week, most of my reflections will focus on my work, as it was the final week teaching my favorite seventh grade class to date. The students are truly what make my job so rewarding, and this group was able to brighten even the most challenging of weeks. Although the weather wasn’t perfect, we took the students to Hawaiian Falls to enjoy some sun (behind some clouds) and pool time. In the end, we only lost one hour, as the skies poured down and the lightening detectors went off, but the time the students had been enough to allow them to celebrate their year and to just be kids for a while. It was fun seeing them in a different element and enjoying their last few days together before a couple of months apart.
4. Most Epic Dance-Off. We aren’t suppose to have favorites, but… there was something special about my 7th period class this year that set them apart. I’ve never had a group of students who could lift each other up and end any kind of day with smiles. They never let me skip a day of playing an upbeat song as they walked (danced) into my classroom. I swear every child in that class had a smile on their face and the stress of the day would melt away… for all of us. I called them my “personality class” because although they were all unique from each other, they each had distinct personalities and found ways to connect to one another and celebrate each other’s individuality. So on the last full day, it only seemed fitting to have a dance-off for them to celebrate their love of music, dance, and having fun together. We had three judges and a couple of my students emceed the competition. Students from other classes came to watch and cheer them on, and I gave out prizes at the end. It was the perfect way to celebrate them, and I can’t wait to witness the positive difference they make in their bright futures.
5. Last Day. The last day of school was bittersweet, as I said goodbye to the faces that put a smile on my face every day. After we sent them off, waving them goodbye as their buses pulled away from the school, a bunch of my coworkers and I enjoyed an HH. It was a larger group than our usual, and it was just what was needed to end the year with some good laughs. We then we broke off for some grub later that night. It was a good year, and I look forward to another in a couple of months (eek)!
6. Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes. For whatever reason, I’m being challenged with many changes the past couple of weeks and my strength of rolling with the “punches” is being tested to the max. I’m not great with change — never have been, but I’m always reminded that all things happen for a reason. My roommate accepted a job in another district and because of this, she has to move, and I will have to find another home. After a busy couple of weeks, it was nice to sit and enjoy a few glasses of wine and indulge a little with a silly rom-com and the company of my roommie for one of the last times.
7. Message. Sometimes it isn’t the moments that are most memorable but rather the words, which shouldn’t be all that surprising — being a word person and all. 😉 After having a rough week the previous week, I received one of the nicest messages I’ve ever received from the man in my life. I won’t share it because of course, it was meant only for me and it was extremely personal, but I will say that I can’t stop rereading it. He has always known how to make me smile and how to warm my heart, and I am so grateful for him having touched my life in such a profound way.
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!