I've been toying with the idea of a list Slice after being inspired by many others, and as an option to show my students. Today's came about from just one little line that started a waterfall of ideas.
Things I know for sure…
~I am a reader at heart, mostly thanks to the influence of my parents when I was a child.
~Life gets harder as you get older with more responsibilities, but with experience comes perspective, which can make things easier.
~Relationships change as circumstances change, and that’s ok.
Some people are only in our lives for a short time for a reason.
~My 30s have been way better than my 20s. Being more settled in my life and sure of myself made it easier. Don’t be scared of a new decade.
~Everyone has numerous roles to play. Mine include wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, friend, author fangirl, writer, reader, photographer, presenter, supporter, listener, adviser, colleague, mentor, teacher…and I cherish them all.
~Middle school is hard. It was a hard time to be an adolescent, and it’s a hard time to witness the adolescent struggles of my students.
~Technology/social media can enhance and help just as much as they can distract and hurt.
~Having a dog to come home to, who always runs to the door tail wagging happy to see me, is good for my emotional sanity.
~Talking to myself is also good for my mental sanity – there’s no better listener.
~Venice is a magical city.
~There are no right answers (except maybe in math). There may be wrong answers, but there is not always just one right answer to problems.
~Choice is everything.
~Everyone has their own journey and path through life. You don’t know what someone else has gone through to get where they are, and remembering that is important.
~Remembering that there are always multiple perspectives and perceptions of any one moment can make life easier.
~Angkor Wat (& Ta Prohm & the Bayon Temple) in Siem Reap, Cambodia is a must see once in your life kind of place to visit.
~It’s not easy to work successfully in an environment of fear/mistrust.
~My heart breaks for the struggles and hardships some of my students have to face. Every. Single. Time.
~Test scores will never show you the full picture of who a child is. There are too many important elements of character that can’t be tested.
~Knowing who your true friends are who won’t judge you, but will judge with you, can make all the difference.
~Kids are not levels – they are readers.
~Sometimes just knowing someone understands and is there can be just what you need and make everything better.
~Kindness is crucial and respect is essential.
~Oftentimes it’s harder to be nice than to be right.
~Travel can open your eyes to the wider world beyond yours, giving you perspective on your own.
~The right clothes and shoes can make you feel more confident.
~Sometimes a day may be just a waste of makeup, but that doesn’t mean it was a loss.
~Goals may change, but you should always have one to work toward.
~There is nothing quite like meandering the streets of Paris.
~Feeling loved is important, being loveable more so, giving love most so.
~If I know better, and I don’t try to do better, I am doing it wrong.
~The sound of waves crashing on the shore, sand under my feet, and sun shining on my skin will always improve my mood and make me feel relaxed.
~There is nothing wrong with taking a mental health day.
~The right book, in the right hands, at the right time, can make things right.
~Writing can be hard, but the more I practice it and do it, the easier it becomes. The more I write, the more I believe I am a writer.