Monday, January 26, 2015

Guest Blogging on Minds In Bloom!

I had the fabulous opportunity to guest blog for Rachel Lynette at Minds In Bloom yesterday!  you may have heard of her, she might be the inventor of task cards! 

Head on over and check out my post about 5 fun ways to practice content area vocabulary.  These are fast, low prep/no prep ways for kids to get repeated exposures to words, without the standard "look up the word and write a definition" task.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Reflection and Renewal

This one is personal, just warning you!

I was just thinking about 2014, and what I've learned, and what I want to change, and what I want to keep the same...specifically in relation to The Elementary Professor.

One thing I realized is that I sabotage myself a lot.  Fitting in with my One Little Word this year, (Thrive) I will stop doing that.  I've been thinking about this for a few weeks and I realize that I do a lot of things to wreck my own success because down deep there's a part of me that thinks I don't deserve it.  I'm working on that inner voice this year.  It's at the root of a lot things in my life. ;)

The Elementary Professor has been successful!  I've been happy about that, and again, neglecting it and sabotaging my own success.  I also am quite a bit of a perfectionist, which sabotages my success as well (as backward as that sounds, it's true).

So this year:
-I'm celebrating success, and not being afraid of it, thriving in every area of my life.

-I'm going to thrive in my health by getting stronger and exercising.  I don't have weight loss goals here, I'm trusting that any movement is better than no movement, so my goal is to keep moving.  That's it.  That simple.

-I'm adding more vegetables to my diet.  I already like and eat vegetables, but I also need to add more and make sure my family eats more.  I started a cookbook a while ago with better vegetable recipes and ways to add vegetables into things I'm already making.  I'm going to continue writing that.

-I'm allowing myself to be successful with TPT.  It's been a blessing in my life.  I love doing it.  It fills a void in our finances and in my relationship with my career.  I won't be afraid of more success here.  And there's absolutely no reason to be afraid of failure. 

-I'm simplifying.  I'm getting rid of stuff, cutting out stuff, and focusing on the main important parts of my life: my family, our health, spiritual life, career, and enjoying myself in each of these things.

I feel like this post was disjointed.  That truthfully reflects my brain at the start of this year, so I'm going to leave it that way. ;)

From my family to yours, Happy New Year!