Ten for Tueday! Life is good.

eager faces.
crisp outfits.
same old books.
new lessons.

ten words to describe the new school year.
I am more than ready.


Exhale. Ten for Tuesday.

Summer is over. That is where I have been. Enjoying the long, lazy days of summer with my fellas. It was divine. It was perfect. I will soon share pics and details. But for today I want to focus on a simple word, exhale.

I have been back at work for two days and in those two (count 'em) days I have been called rude and numerous variations of my given name. Yeah, 10 years in the same spot and people are still messing up my super easy, phonetically correct name. Yeah. So with that in mind. I am focusing on exhaling.

1. Clean space. I have removed so much from my work environment to allow calm to enter.
2. Open window. Sunlight is great for my soul. I am opening my window until the weather no longer permits.
3. Isolation. Planning to keep to myself a bit more than in years past.
4. Making my space mine. I don't need a trillion "teacher" things. I just need things that help my mojo. So far that means I only have the one required poster up in my room.
5. My teacher binder. Creating it and hoping to use it faithfully.
6.Exercise. My pedometer is strapped on and I am not afraid to use it :)
7. Mid-day text messages to my bestie. I need the outlet.
8. Simply exhaling. Breathing deeply and being at one with myself.
9. An attitude of gratitude. I am going to focus on being a light for others and paying attention to the greatness that surrounds me.

What have I missed? How can I focus on the exhale concept in the coming year? Yes, this is my New Year----my fellow teachers get the season of rebirth that comes with new Crayola!