My last blog post was written TWO YEARS AGO. I actually really do love my site and what I put into it (…years ago), but I always get caught up with writing something of high quality and wind up writing nothing at all.
I write down a few ideas here and there, but then I never get around to writing an actual post. I made a New Years resolution to write one blog post a month. Since it’s already February, I’ve already fallen behind (I’m generally not a fan of resolutions, so I’m trying to brush it off!). I considered moving my blog over to Weebly, a more user-friendly site than WordPress, but then I’d have to recreate everything over again.
And I LIKE what I’ve done with the place here at WordPress :)
So that’s pretty much what I came here to say. I will try to keep with my once-a-month goal, but I have another more useful goal. To just write! Instead of writing long sermons and standing on soap boxes, maybe I would do better with short and snappy!
“YA for Wine Lovers” Book Club
We meet monthly and discuss a YA (young adult) book and drink book-themed cocktails. I look forward to these every month and wonder why we can’t do this every week! It’s such a wonderful group of people, and we always have thoughtful discussions on the books and on life.
The Training Room
I love this new gym I found in Atlanta. They have two types of classes – Lean and Strong – throughout the day. At first, I was just doing the Lean classes. These are intense bootcamp-style classes that definitely build strength (I finally managed to do genuine pull ups!) but they mostly focus on endurance. I recently worked up the courage to go to Strong. I’m usually one of two females in a 20 person class. I’m still intimidated by some of the bigger lifts, and it’s been a little bit of a transition to go from dumbbells to barbells, but I definitely hold my own.
40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club
I joined this program in January. As a 7th year teacher, I feel like I FINALLY fall into the seasoned teacher category. I’m confident in the classroom. I work well with parents. I tend to be on the ball with district mandates. I take on the extras like tutoring, National History Day, assistant track coaching, and leadership roles. So it’s time to to tighten up my practices and be as efficient as possible. I still work 60 hours a week and get paid for 40. This program takes teachers through weekly professional development modules that help with things like assessment, parent communication, useful technology, work-life balance, and other systems that help teaching become less of a circus. I love the ideas, resources, and community that comes along with this process!
The Time’s Up Movement
I usually keep things light here, so I wasn’t sure whether or not to include this one. But then it felt irresponsible to leave it out. This movement, along with the Me Too hashtag, is SO important for women and men who felt like they had to stay silent or suffer alone in their experiences. As someone with more personal experience in this area than I’d like to share, it’s truly incredible to see these dark secrets brought to light.
Let’s end this list on a lighter note! This Danish show (which you can find on Netflix) is more relatable than any other “teacher” show out there. And it’s not even really a “teacher” show. It’s a “dramedy” featuring an awesome teacher with a messy personal life. And even though you have to read the subtitles, it’s worth the extra concentration!
That’s it for today! It looks like I wrote a full-length post without even meaning to. Once I get started, it’s hard to rein it in. Let’s hope the words keep coming and I keep to the monthly posting goal!