Space To Breathe

Our lives are so full. What a privilege! For one to be able to try new things and explore new places – all are potentially life-changing opportunities. Our experiences and choices are many; and, that in itself can be exciting, promising, and overwhelming.  Tonya Dalton, author of The Joy of Missing Out devotes a wholeContinue reading “Space To Breathe”

Week 16 – New Perspectives

Birds of a feather, flock together. You are who your friends are. Two peas in a pod. Cut from the same cloth. If everyone jumped off the bridge would you, too? These sayings we all have heard to essentially imply that who you spend time with is a reflection of who you are and theContinue reading “Week 16 – New Perspectives”

Week 14 – Facing Challenges

My principal always reminds me that the challenges inherent in schools are merely microcosms of our society at large. The struggles students face within the context of schools and social groups mirror the same struggles adults face in the context of their lives. When our country and those in power lead with fear, as educators,Continue reading “Week 14 – Facing Challenges”

Week 11 – The Power of Play

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, not only with my family, but also with my career. I prepared extensively to become a mom. My husband and IContinue 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 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 removingContinue reading “Week 5 – Creating Space”