Week 13 – The Art of Self-Discipline

All of us have the experience of quitting an activity because it was too time-consuming, too costly in either effort or money, or because we were just over it. I remember when my children took Tae-kwon-do. We got involved initially because my youngest needed an activity. My oldest liked the class too, so we signed … Continue reading Week 13 – The Art of Self-Discipline

Weekend of Reset

How I enjoyed this weekend! The Hemlock Festival (HemlockFest) is a weekend celebration of music, food, vendors, and awareness about ways to protect the Eastern Hemlock Tree and bring back the American Chestnut tree. It is in North Georgia and one way my family and I give back to something we care about deeply. It … Continue reading Weekend of Reset

Week 12 – The Courage to Love

I remember hearing the statement, “If your heart can take it, come fly,” in the context of courageous love. Courageous love means showing a willingness to love another despite mistakes, despite unknown outcomes, despite fears of failure. It means taking actions rooted in faith and not fear, forgiveness and not anger, hope and not pity. … Continue reading Week 12 – The Courage to Love

Week 11 – The Power of Play

Playful moments keep us young and remind us of wonder. To laugh is to live fully in playful appreciation of life. I became a teacher before I became a mom. I can split my professional experience in education as: (1) before children section and (2) after children section. When I had children, my priorities shifted, … Continue reading Week 11 – The Power of Play

Week 10 – The Impact of Beliefs

The Snake River, winding through Yellowstone National Park. “I would rather have a mind opened by wonder, than one closed by belief.” - Gerry Spence, trial lawyer who did not lose a case between the years of 1969-2010. In this quote, beliefs and wonder serve as opposite forces.  When you look at beliefs by themselves, … Continue reading Week 10 – The Impact of Beliefs

Week 9 – The Curiosity of Wonder

View of the Grand Tetons at dawn. Summer 2017 I am reading the book Wonder by R. J. Palacio to my 9-year-old son. Although Isaac is a great reader, he doesn’t love to read like I do or like his sister does. He’s more like his father - he wants to read in order to … Continue reading Week 9 – The Curiosity of Wonder

Week 7 – Freedom Focus

View off Bentley Road toward Campground Road. We have a class called Junior Leadership. It is a connection class, or a middle school version of an elective class. Students have two electives per quarter and these classes rotate. At the end of last year, teachers in this class conducted an experiment. They wanted to see … Continue reading Week 7 – Freedom Focus

Week 5 – Creating Space

Leading through learning "Stillness is not about focusing on nothingness; it’s about creating a clearing. It’s opening up an emotionally clutter-free space and allowing ourselves to feel and think and dream and question..." ~Brene Brown This week we had three large trees removed from our backyard. They were dead and we have been discussing removing … Continue reading Week 5 – Creating Space

Week 4 – Balance

Leading through learning Week 4: Balance There have been points along my journey when I think balance is my ultimate life lesson. Over and over and over, I am aware that balance brings calmness and clarity to most, if not all, issues. Sometimes this awareness comes at the price of losing balance in my life … Continue reading Week 4 – Balance