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Life a Little Sweeter

Whew!  Reality was a bit of a slap in the face today.  After having such a luxurious and relaxing weekend away, work on a rainy Monday morning kinda hurt.  I walked around in a complete daze all day long 😉

After an hour long SOL administration meeting and grading about 400 papers, I came home to fold the first of five loads of laundry.

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Watch Sex and the City (I can’t wait for the new movie!)

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And eat about 8 of these babies.  Yum! 🙂

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Tonight’s plan is to get caught up on unpacking and to get organized for the week.  It’s going to be a busy one! 

On the agenda for this week, I have tutoring, taking dinner to Sarah and Jason so they don’t have to worry about cooking when they bring home their new baby girl :), a hair appointment, and getting things together for Beau and Gen’s engagement party that we are throwing this weekend. 

Rather than stress about the long to do list, I’m going to take it one step at a time, take lots of deep breaths, and look forward to the many celebrations surrounding so many of my good friends!  What an exciting week! 

Peace out!  And hey!  When the going gets tough, get going making chocolate chip cookies!  They make life so much sweeter! 

~Jen

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Peaceful Planting

We have survived yet another Monday!  Woot woot! 

As usual, this  Monday was h-e-c-t-i-c.  The kiddies were all wound up from their weekend trips to Kings Dominion, Washington, DC, the beach and elsewhere.  They were tired from playing all weekend, and I was tired, too. 

I spent this weekend hanging out with my mom and dad.  Saturday we planted her flower garden, and yesterday we (as in my mom and I) went for manicures and pedicures.  Papa Bush is not down with pretty pampering 😉

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After a long and hectic Monday, I decided to plant the flowers I bought while out this weekend with the madre.  I found the whole planting process to be rather peaceful and relaxing.  I enjoyed myself and felt less stressed after an hour of gardening. 

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I was not surprised to find this claim in an article about the health benefits of gardening. 

“The benefits of gardening are not all in the body; they’re also in the mind. Tending your garden is a real stress buster, helping relieve feelings of anxiety and providing a break from the general rush of life. Because the work involved is mainly physical, gardeners have a chance to think about their concerns, meditate, or just spend a few hours daydreaming. They can also feel a sense of accomplishment in a job well done.” [Source]

I also had a lot of fun unwinding while I took these pictures with my very tiny, very unprofessional Sony Cyber-Shot :

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Not too shabby for a gardening newbie, huh?  Now to see how long they live 😉

Here’s a very interesting article about Gardening Your Way to Peace

And another from CBS Money Watch on the Grace of Gardening.  This one is especially beautifully written.

I’m feeling pretty Zen right now, so I think I’ll forego the heart pumping, bone pounding adrenaline rush of a run and do some yoga instead.

Namaste 🙂

~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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“As Good As the Spring Itself”

You may have figured out by now that I am not a fan of Mondays.  This morning, however, I felt different.  I was happy.  I was wearing jeans (a teacher appreciation gift from our administrators).  I had a bowl of Kashi Autumn Harvest cereal with fresh fruit and Almond Breeze milk for breakfast.  I was early to work.  The day seemed to be shaping up to be a pretty good one!

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Then it happened. 

The one tiny little mood buster that almost ruined everything. 

You see, sometimes, very simple words can be oh, so very powerful.  This is why it is very important to think carefully before you speak, and to always err on the side of caution.  Words can not be taken back.  They can hurt you.  The old sticks and stones adage is bogus.

As a teacher, it is  necessary, on occasion, to call parents to let them know when their child is misbehaving, or doing poorly in school.  No one wants to hear this news, and very few teachers enjoy sharing it.  It’s just not fun.

Well, in my very short phone call to a parent, I was told that I just don’t understand kids, because I do not have any children of my own.  Rather than agreeing to help me resolve the issue, this parent, maybe unknowingly, insulted me  as a professional. 

This woman may not have meant what she said.  She was speaking in the moment.  She was upset that her child wasn’t doing well, and felt that she was doing the best she knew how.

I know that I shouldn’t let such simple things as words get me down or ruin my day, but sometimes it just happens.  Her words kept playing over and over in my mind.  What if one day, when Larry and I are ready to start a family, we are unable to conceive?  Would I then never truly be a good teacher?

I know that I do understand children.  I have four younger brothers and countless cousins.  I have been babysitting since I was old enough to be left alone.  I have been in the classroom since my junior year of high school.  I have worked in preschools and summer camps.  I have seven years of experience teaching elementary school, not counting student teaching and practicums.  I have spent hours and hours and hours teaching and learning with children.    Children are my life. 

I’m not going to keep dwelling on words that were spoken in the past.  I know the truth.  I’m not even going to hold a grudge.  But I am going to take time to reflect upon the lesson that can be learned here. 

Be careful with your words.  Think before you speak.  You never know how far your words will travel.  You never know how harmful your words may really be and what a lasting impact they may have. 

I leave you with these final words of wisdom:

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Be “as good as the spring itself,” and bring warmth and compassion to all those you encounter.

~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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