thegrownuplife:

Spending all day grading is…….. AWESOME! Because it proves how hard we work in the classroom!! 😊😊 
We work for the learning not for the grades! #PrioritiesInCheck

"We work for the learning, not for the grades."Yes. Yes, yes, yes.Grading can be overwhelming sometimes, but I genuinely love to see how much progress the kids are making on their skills.

thegrownuplife:

Spending all day grading is…….. AWESOME! Because it proves how hard we work in the classroom!! 😊😊
We work for the learning not for the grades! #PrioritiesInCheck

"We work for the learning, not for the grades."

Yes.

Yes, yes, yes.

Grading can be overwhelming sometimes, but I genuinely love to see how much progress the kids are making on their skills.

Self-Care Sunday: Exercise and Meditation Edition

When I’m exhausted or stressed out, the idea of vigorous exercise is often not appealing in any way whatsoever. I know that it helps me with my stress and anxious feelings. I know it has tons of benefits. But sometimes, I’m just tired.

Several months ago, I went to a class at my yoga studio in which the teacher blended yoga and pilates strategies for a calming and effective workout. Basically, we did core and arm workouts, but focused on slow, deliberate movements that allowed us to maintain a consistent, calm breathing pattern. And once we closed our eyes, it was like a meditative state while doing our crunches, or our forearm planks, or whatever else we were doing. Mainly because the focus was on maintaining our breath.

Deep, slow, consistent breathing patterns are so calming. Whenever I’m feeling stressed out, I find a few minutes to sit in a quiet place and just take a few breaths. 

So, today, if you’re feeling anxious and don’t have the time or energy for a long, vigorous workout, pick a few simple workout moves and try to perform them slowly while breathing calmly. This could be lunges, squats, push ups, sit ups, leg lifts, or any other activity. The slow, deliberate movement will enhance your muscle strength and control, and the calm breathing will help ease some of that anxiety.

End of the first grading period clearly calls for a day watching Pride & Prejudice while I grade.

End of the first grading period clearly calls for a day watching Pride & Prejudice while I grade.

"Years ago I learned a very cool thing about Robin Williams, and I couldn’t watch a movie of his afterward without thinking of it. I never actually booked Robin Williams for an event, but I came close enough that his office sent over his rider. For those outside of the entertainment industry, a rider lists out an artist’s specific personal and technical needs for hosting them for an event, anything from bottled water and their green room to sound and lighting requirements. You can learn a lot about a person from their rider. This is where rocks bands list their requirement for green M&Ms (which is actually a surprisingly smart thing to do). This is also where a famous environmentalist requires a large gas-guzzling private jet to fly to the event city, but then requires an electric or hybrid car to take said environmentalist to the event venue when in view of the public.
When I got Robin Williams’ rider, I was very surprised by what I found. He actually had a requirement that for every single event or film he did, the company hiring him also had to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work. I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that. I’m sure that on his own time and with his own money, he was working with these people in need, but he’d also decided to use his clout as an entertainer to make sure that production companies and event planners also learned the value of giving people a chance to work their way back. I wonder how many production companies continued the practice into their next non-Robin Williams project, as well as how many people got a chance at a job and the pride of earning an income, even temporarily, from his actions. He was a great multiplier of his impact. Let’s hope that impact lives on without him. Thanks, Robin Williams- not just for laughs, but also for a cool example."

Brian Lord.org (via wonderwoundedhearers)

True story: I used to be on the board of a local, budding nonprofit. We were small, but passionate. Robin Williams and his wife donated $1,000 to our organization in its early years, and it just motivated us so much. The organization is bigger now, and I had to step down (teaching, man), but when he died they posted about his donation so many years ago. We’ll never forget his kindness.

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How to be terrible at being an adult: Tip #1

When a belt breaks on your car, just ignore it.

I mean, the angry crickets sound that broken belt was making had stopped, so that’s good. And your car isn’t making any new noises, which is also good. And it’s still working.

And you can live without air conditioning for a day, right?

So, drive it to work (seriously, it’ll be fine in the 50-degree morning air), and then don’t be surprised when it’s 95 degrees out and it nearly overheats after 5 minutes on your way home.

Be grateful that your husband happened to join you and your coworkers for beer after work, so he can give you a ride home while your car sits at the school overnight. And be more grateful when he offers to follow you going 30 mph for 20+ miles while you slowly drive your car to the repair shop. And when it won’t cool down when you’re not even halfway there, be more grateful that he calls the tow truck for you (which is more for the tow truck guy’s benefit than yours, because you are a cranky mess right now) and deals with all of that while you sulk in self-hatred in his car.

Follow these easy steps, and you can be a terrible adult too!

theimprobablefiction:

According to several of my coworkers, if you are a woman and don’t have kids, you’re going to have an unfulfilled life and you’re missing out on the best part of your life.

Really, now?

*please insert the most dramatic of all eye roll gifs here*

It’s annoying and unfair, but it’s real. Know how many people over the age of 30 (other than the hubs, of course) I’ve told I don’t want kids? None. And when my dentist asked (no, I don’t know why) and I said I wasn’t sure, she spent the rest of my appointment convincing me to have kids.

I’ve known for a long time I don’t want kids, and the fact that I will have to justify my choice while others who want kids usually don’t, is just frustrating. So I just avoid the subject.

"Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:
Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;
Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do."

Cicero, 106 BC - 43 BC  (via thelittlephilosopher)

Cicero. Still relevant.

(via gin-and-disappointment)

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