Saturday, January 14, 2017

Update: MY FRESH START

Happy Saturday, Friends! I hope you all had a great week and are planning to have a relaxing weekend with your family! As I was looking back on some of my previous blog posts, I thought I would give you a little update from my most popular post ever, "A New Direction: Sharing the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and a Fresh Start".

As I was reading this post again, I was reminded of so many different emotions that I was feeling at the time. The fear of not being good enough, being uncertain, feeling pressured, weak, overwhelmed...you name it, I was feeling it. I knew I couldn't go on feeling that way. It was not fair to my family, my students, my co-workers, or to myself. I really started looking for other outlets that allowed me to focus on bringing back that positivity in my life. Now, some may think that I am crazy for adding more to my plate. Honestly, it was probably the best thing I could have done for myself. 

I started by switching up my morning routine a bit. My amazing teaching partner, now close friend, Ang, recommended I start reading, "The First 5" devotional app. I am not even kidding when I say this, the very first devotional I read was titled, "Lord, help me find contentment right where I am". When they say the Lord has his ways of working, I think this was the start of him working on me. My big takeaway from this first reading was that I needed to stop worrying about things that were completely out of my control. I literally worried about everything! I was too busy worrying about everything around me and not focusing on the things I had right in front of me all along. Reading my devotional each day has become an important part of my morning routine. It is a time for me to sit, reflect, and connect with the Lord. It has helped me so much and has eased my worries and anxiety. 

Photo: The First 5 



Second, I started focusing on my teaching. I think all teachers can agree with me that there are those great days and there are those not so great days, and trust me, those not so great days take a lot of energy out of you. But then I started focusing on this quote, "They may forget what you said, but they will not forget how you made them feel." 

Photo: Pinterest

Now I have always commended myself for the relationship I build with my students. I truly believe that establishing a positive relationship is the most important and crucial component of a classroom. Don't get me wrong, instruction is very important as well, but when I think back to my favorite elementary school teacher, the thing I remember most about her is that she loved each and every one of her students so much. She made each student feel like a million bucks. I couldn't wait to go to school. That is what I remember feeling and I want that for my students as well. 

I really started looking at the positive relationships in my classroom, not just teacher to student, but student to student. And after doing that, one of these moments happened...One of my sweet little gals was out for a few days after having some teeth pulled. When she came back to school all of my students ran up to her, gave her a big hug, and said, "We are so happy you're back! We missed you so much!" That sweet moment right there is what teaching is all about my friends. That was the moment that I stopped worrying about the pressure, creating that perfect lesson plan, or being good enough. My students love and care for one another and quite honestly, that matters most to me. 

In addition to this blog, I also started creating monogrammed wooden signs. I love home decor and I love having a creative outlet with my blog and Instagram (@acoffeecreamedlife). I also love creating things as well. I am not a very good artist...at all! But I do like to think of myself as being somewhat creative. By connecting with other home decor friends on social media, I am continuing to gain new inspiration and ideas. Sharing my home, decor inspiration, DIY projects, and my signs has brought me so much positivity. You all are so sweet and kind and I have you to thank...once again! I know I say it all of the time, but your positivity and sweet comments mean the world to me! THANK YOU!



I think reflection is such a powerful thing for people to do for so many reasons. Had I not reflected through those difficult times, I may not have been able to acknowledge the blessings that came from those struggles. I still have my moments and I most definitely have my days, but I am determined to continue moving forward...