Summer Vacation starts with…camping…

I feel so blessed. I’m camping first by myself before my family is able to come. It makes me start to reflect on the past year. I just finished my third year being the coordinator of the Experiential school position I’ve had since 2014. I love it.

I’m actually wearing my t-shirt: “This teacher survived the 2016-2017 school year – bottle flip, the Dab, and the fidget spinner”. Crazy but fun year with grade 3-8 kids. Lol.

Right now, I’m sitting outside the chapel before the teenagers arrive for teen camp. I love being around for this age group. They are in this super fabulous time in their life where they’re no longer a kid and right on the crest of discovering who they are as a young adult. Love it…yes, this hormonal moody group of people is my passion. Love this group.

But until they show up, I’m just going to continue sitting on my park bench. Throwing the ball for my crazy camping dog. Maybe later, I’ll go on the lake and do so fishing, paddle boarding, or whatever…I’m on vacation. 😎

Talk to you tomorrow.

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Summer’s Edge

Well, here I am again…I don’t know what it is about me, but I still have this fear of writing a blog. Perhaps it was because of writing things like this as a child and it was exposed by someone to their advantage. I was made to look like a fool. To be specific…”possessed”. All because it started with me wanting to know the words of songs so I would stop my tape recorder (I know…I know…lol) many times and back the song up so I could write the words down to sing along later with. Or at the very least, know what my favored music said. I guess, thinking back, it was about the time that backwards masking” was the hot topic in the religious world. My heart knew I was ok but the adults around me thought that this teenager was…evil. So perhaps, it developed a thought that recording things could always be used against me…sigh…yep, it’s a big hurdle for me.

But moving forward, my heart wants to not fear anymore. Talking to this “big, unknown space” (as someone called it lately), is a place where I can use cyber-space to my advantage. I can do this…

Summer’s Edge…right where I see a cliff. Today, I wondered where I needed to jump off. I guess, step one: it is here. Looking outwards over life’s landscape, I try to see where I am going and even  though I know God has a master plan for me, I wonder about the details…  

Hmmm…I need to think more. Perhaps playing with the dog and his ever-encouraging “play ball?” look is what I need to do right now. Listen to my music. think. think. think….sometimes I think too much…

Colour changes more than Hair

Today. Snow. Why?

Spring is supposed to be here and warmer weather is supposed to stay. Was expecting rain to come and clean up the ground and activate new season’s green growth…but NOT. Depressing to say the least. so what did I do? Did my hair. Lol

It’s amazing what a little change can do on one’s outlook on life. I want to go outside despite the yucky weather. Rain will come. I know. Painted my nails and now my toes look great, lol. Guess it’s a me weekend…

Perhaps, I’ll go continue my reading. Never have much time for that, it seems. My work can wait. Besides, my cat is staring at me. And my dog is looking at me through the back window. (Ball?)

Not sure what else to say today… 🙂

As Spring comes back my way…

Well, it’s April and an end to another great year at C-School ( http://www.c-school.ca ) and I’ve had another blast! I love this leadership opportunity. And I love my experiential school! And I love Spring Break. It goes too fast. Not sure if it’ll be for another year or if I go back to full-time teaching, but I guess I’ll see what opportunities for leadership come my way before decisions have to be made at the end of June. Anyway…

We had hubby’s bday party and started the new season with friends, barbecue, and fire pits! Love the celebration but it was a big reason to surround myself with friends other than surrounding myself with work. Being tucked away in houses all winter and being absorbed by work…and then coming out in the warm sun…is so eye-opening.  We forget about taking care of our own mental, social and physical health so often and don’t realize how the “work world” has consumed us. I’ve been so busy taking care of everyone else’s needs…I forget about myself until my own body says, “wait…stop…listen…take a breath…” to the simple things around me. My friend said yesterday…”only 29 more days till camping!”…and it made me smile. 

Talk again later…

Spring Break is for Refreshing the body and brain

Well, here I am again. Sitting on my back deck and enjoying the week long break from a work routine…even though I know that there’s still work to be done. But just not now. 

I just went for a meditative walk around the block…or whatever you call it in the country. Lol. My dog sure enjoyed it. Took the ball thrower…his constant focus. Whatever. It made him walk beside me rather than going off looking for new prey coming out from hiding during the long, cold winter. Hmmm…I guess that creature could be me too…coming out from hiding. After a long, cold winter…

I want to say, I really loved my adventure this school year. I was the coordinator of a very cool experiential learning program for kids grades 3-6. Classes would come in for 4 days and then experience learning in a whole new way – hand-on applications of regular classroom curriculum. But in a whole “weird” way. Don’t worry. One of the first things I’d do was warn them that they were going to have a lot of fun learning this week…but I teach weird and wacky! Lol. Must have done something right though. They didn’t want to leave. They’d say things like…that was fun math ( science, social, etc) and I enjoyed every minute of the whole year. Never had a sick day. No really. 

Sadly, it was only a maternity leave position so now I decide what to do. Go back to my original school where I took a year’s leave off or request another school. I really want to have professional development opportunities for leadership. I also applied for other leadership opportunities with the division since I received a lot of accolades of improving this year’s program. ..since this position was something so that I could get some specific admin experience on my resume. Something I’ve been told to find repeatedly when I was always getting “2nd place” in admin interviews. “We loved your interview but we took someone who had a little more experience.”  Hmmm…not that’s always the predicament, hey? I need more experience but can’t get hired to get that experience. Hopefully this year’s exposure will help. Who knows. I was told repeatedly…”you were very impressive as coordinator. Unlike anyone before you” was what I was told. Hmmmm…so what does that mean now for me? I don’t know. 

I guess we will see. I think I need to continue my reflections and journaling.  Help me and my thoughts figure things out. This may be the best place than any. If anything, this year’s adventure as a teacher, a divisional leader and as just me…the one who goes for walks in the country with my dog…is happy for where this year has gone so far. ☺️ TTYL…

FitBit for Christmas

Well, I activated my Christmas present…a FitBit. It’s been a week and I think I like it. I joined it with myfitnesspal app and it so far has been amazing. I like knowing how I’m doing with my exercise and steps…etc. I am still on my isagenix healthy living program…3 years in March. It’s such a great program…and am only down to 1 shake a day for the “healthy living” stage. Well, suffice it to say, I am going to need to clean up this body after 2 weeks of being at home with holiday food and visiting, etc. lol. I might even start those cleanses again. But darn, I sure love those gingerbread houses’ bits and pieces and those sugar cookies. 😜
Today, I’ve been enjoying my last 3 days of Christmas vacation. This year we diimage image image imagedn’t go anywhere. With all the trips this year (near and far), it was nice to just stay around the house. I did miss my warm weather. Low temperatures and windchill and snow shovelling is not for me but it was nice to take pictures of the trees with frost on them. I think it’s called “hoar frost”. Very beautiful. Frost crystals like a white coating of cool frosting…kind of.