A Tar Heel in Tulsa

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Aug 26 2012

A new year, a new sense of balance

Hello!  It’s been a long time!

My first week back at school is over and done with, and now it’s Sunday night. It was a tough week having to get used to planning again, being on my feet so long again, talking so much again, dealing with little kids who are still in summer mode just like me… yeah yeah yeah. I’m sure it will get better. Kindergarten is a year of so much growth and development — the beginning of the journey is bound to be a bit crazy. They’re still so little!

I’m already really loving this new set of parents. They will be great to work with this year. It’s also definitely encouraging to have a strong group of parents from last year that I love to see around the school (and around town. Dear Lord Tulsa is so small haha)  One student’s mom – after realizing I didn’t end up moving up to 1st grade as planned – told me I “better be planning on skipping to 2nd next year.” :)  So sweet.

On another note, this year is about prioritizing BALANCE. (In my own life, first and foremost, but also being a strong advocate for balance and wellness in others).  This past week, balance and wellness has meant:

  • Walking to Cherry St. to get a smoothie and read the paper after school.
  • Never leaving school after 5. Only working for about 30 minutes after school everyday…on my porch.
  • Going on a date.
  • Making dinner for a friend.
  • Having all my stuff for the week’s lunches already in the school fridge.
  • Eating breakfast every morning… one time at a downtown diner.
  • Not being bus coordinator.
  • Calling friends and family everyday.
  • Watching a luchador fight and making a new friend in the process.
  • Going dancing.
  • Having coffee with a friend in Oklahoma City.
  • Seeing a swing dance band and getting to know the neighbors of mine that are in it.
  • Listening to classical music in the car.
  • Cleaning my house.
  • Joining a new gym and working out. (ok, only once, but hey)
  • Going to church.
  • Cleaning out my email inbox completely.
  • Participating in a yummy Mexican potluck dinner.
  • Going on a walk with a friend.
  • Reading an essay by Emerson.
  • Getting enough sleep, even if that means going to bed at 8pm one night :P
  • Listening to interesting and inspiring podcasts and TED talks.
  • Making exciting plans for this next week.

Woo pig. I dare say that’s enviable :D  (but oh so doable, my dear fellow teachers…)






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