November 24, 2015

Because they aren't all bad....

Lately I've been seeing a lot of videos shared that show students physically attacking their teachers in one way or another. I don't know if this is becoming "a thing" or if these videos have been around awhile and are just now being shared, or maybe I'm just super behind the times and didn't know they existed. But now I've seen them and I can't just unsee them.

I have to say that I've also seen posts on posts on posts about how this generation has an entitlement complex and are completely disrespectful, which I don't 100% disagree with. I have come across several kids that have a blatant disregard for authority and think everything in life should be handed to them. But those aren't the kids I think of as I'm still processing all of this.

I think of the fact that a couple weeks ago there was a peer conflict between two girls in the cafeteria at school. I was the first person who got to the girls and let's just say I didn't have a lot of luck trying to get them apart. However, there was an 8th grade boy right in the middle of it all with me trying to make them stop. More adults got to us and someone made sure the boy was at a safe distance from the conflict. That next day a teacher came to me and told me she was speaking with the 8th grade boy, telling him how she was proud that he was trying to stop the girls from fighting instead of gawking and instigating it like several other kids were. His answer completely floored us. "I didn't want them to hurt Mrs. Liddle."

So while we see these videos out there of students who attack their teachers. I can't help but share my feel good story. It didn't happen just because. I'm a firm believer that if you take the time to build a relationship with as many of your students as possible, you will have so many fewer problems. I'm NOT saying that you won't have any problems, just fewer.

So all that said....this year, I'm thankful for kids with good hearts. The world needs more good hearts.

I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving and eat all the good food! I'm making pecan pie tarts. Pictures and recipe to come soon. Disclaimer: Not healthy at all. But SO delicious!

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November 17, 2015

Save your Sanity.

Sometimes I feel like the teacher from Charlie Brown. You know the one. And if you don't, you can't talk to me anymore. Just kidding- if you don't here's an example below. The teacher is teaching and all the kids hear is "wah wah wah wah wah wah waah" instead of the real sounds coming from the lady's mouth.

UGHHHHH. I finally truly understand what my parents used to yell at me about growing up and that whole "in one ear and out the other" saying that I've heard more times than I'd like to admit. BUT then...Today I saw the silver lining.

Those of you who have the patience to keep up with my life know that I have a student at work that's my "school daughter". Well, she was involved in an altercation last week and this morning she found herself face to face with the same girl wanting to fight her again. And then...drum roll please.... SHE WALKED AWAY INSTEAD OF FIGHTING. Yes, you read that right. It might not sound like a big deal, but come spend a couple days with us and you will learn to appreciate any and all wins.

That being said, I've been trying to be better about celebrating wins. It's in like every leadership book and theory on the planet that you should spend time celebrating wins. But why? Today it clicked. For me celebrating wins isn't just a way to recognize something good happened. Celebrating wins....

Reminds me of why I'm doing what I'm doing.

Gives me a reason to want to continue.

Is my reward for a job well done.

Is a huge deposit in my personal bank account a.k.a. the good feels.

It solidifies my mission of spreading love to those who may not get it elsewhere. 

Most importantly, it gives me the confirmation that I'm right where I need to be.

And that is the why behind celebrating even the tiniest of wins. Don't just take my word for it. Try it out. You won't be sorry!

Now, go do something awesome.

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November 10, 2015

The Lazies

In honor of the movie marathon I am about to engage in since we're off work tomorrow honoring Veterans... I wanted to find the easiest way possible to catch you up on my life. Pictures duh!

School Pictures. #nerdstatus
Red Ribbon Week Photo Booth
Bulletin Board Contest Winner
Tried to give Monday a fair chance this week. Monday....NOT sad to see you gone.
How I've felt lately
Too many cutes in one picture.
Baby steps back to a new normal.
Lots of Veterans at my school. Happy Veterans Day!
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November 02, 2015

Throw away your planner.....just kidding.

Isn't that the truth?!

My life has been hectic lately. It's also been really unpredictable. That being said, I've struggled some weeks to write anything at all on here. I know nobody holds that against me, but I do feel compelled to explain myself a little bit. With being sick I've had to learn to live in a new season of life. This new season that is upon me is full of unknowns, slowing down, doctor appointments, lots of sleeps, learning to be more flexible, and saying no sometimes. ALL new things for me. (Except maybe the sleeps, because everyone knows I sure do love to sleep).

Anyways.  Here lately things haven't been going as planned and I'm learning that that's okay. It's not necessary to be hard on myself when something on my to do list doesn't get done. I don't need to feel disappointed if my blog post is a couple days late. I'm an INFP so by nature I'm not only a perfectionist, but I have some seriously high standards for myself. And let me tell you, I am relentless when it comes to things I want to accomplish. (My top strength on my strengths finder 2.0 is discipline). Ok I'm revealing way too much about my life, so let me get back to the point.

I know I'm not the only person in the world who finds value in being productive. I also know I'm not the only person out there who is hard on themselves when things don't go as planned. But I'm here to bare witness to all of you that....the sun will rise another day...even if you don't get to mark off that last thing on your list. I can't even believe that just came out of MY mouth. But it's true. So often we get caught up in the whirlwind of life that we forget to slow down and enjoy it. If you don't take the time to truly experience life, what will you have to show from your years here?

I don't know about you, but that's a pretty big wake up call for me. It's like the universe is knocking on my forehead yelling "Hey, hey you! You in there? Quit living life by a rubric." Touche universe. Tou. che.

Let me end with something that's inspiring me to embrace what life is throwing at me and be patient for what's to come.

Monday, I'm not terribly upset to see you go. Trying to work on that attitude.

P.S. My dogs got some new toys today. If you are the parent of a fur baby that is super destructive to toys you've got to try these Tuffy toys. Best $30 ever spent. I wish I was that happy over a turtle and a lobster. The first round we bought are all still mostly in tact after several months! That's a win in my book. Mya approves too.

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