Sunday, November 21, 2010

blog vacation

Hey guys, as you have probably noticed I've taken a bit of a blog vacation. 
I'm just terrible at multi-tasking, and final weeks of uni/exams + blogging..well it just doesn't work, I get waaay too distracted. Especially because there are so many amazing blogs I follow that I just couldn't resist checking out if I logged on! 
So until December the 3rd I'll be studying like crazy while trying not to get too distracted by life/my cats/funny clips on youtube.
So I'll leave you with some lovely quotes about happiness that will hopefully make you smile and feel all fuzzy inside like they made me:

"We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have"
Frederick Keonig

"Don't rely on someone else for your happiness and self worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can't love and respect yourself - no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are - completely; the good and the bad - and make changes as YOU see fit - not because you think someone else wants you to be different."
Stacey Charter

"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."
Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta

"You can make more friends in two months by becoming more interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you"
Dale Carnegie

"The only moment in which we can be truly happy is the present moment. The only moment over which we have control is the present moment. So be happy now! Because if not now, then when?
(I would love to give you the author, but I forgot to write down the website I got it from. When I tried to google it, SO many people have stolen it and tried to pass it off as their own words! Not good!)

Have a wonderful few weeks my lovely readers! xoxo

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

There is nothing like a bit of fresh air

One thing I have really been missing since I moved out is a backyard. Lying in green grass, surrounded by flowers, bees buzzing overhead. Watching the clouds pass and maybe having a nap in the sunshine.

Not that I did that often. Which is a shame. But that's usually the way. You don't know what you've got til it's gone etc. etc. insert similar, equally overused quotation here.

But it really has been a positive too. Because I have become so much more eager to be outdoors. I have started to take any opportunity to go for walks, sit in the sunshine, read a book in the park. And it's great. I feel so much healthier. And have more energy. And enthusiasm for life.
All because of a little fresh air.

It made me realise how much we're missing out on by spending so much of our lives indoors. We work in offices, lock ourselves away, rarely venture out if the weather drops below 18 degrees (Celsius!). Sit in front on tv and ignore life.

So this summer, due to the lack of backyard, I am going to view the world as my backyard instead (I just read that back.. too lame perhaps? Yes much too lame. Oh well!).

I will soak up as much sun and life as possible. And get a herb garden. And eat my breakfast outside. And dream in the sunshine.

So thank you 'backyardless' apartment, I owe you one :)

ps. I have realise how a few of my posts now have become about grievances..and it got me thinking. I'm 22 years old, healthy and happy. I don't have time for grievances. Not until I'm old and crotchety (I kid! I hope..).
But seriously, time for a new outlook, time to throw away old annoyances and enjoy the good things. Hello Christmas and herb gardens!

pps. image from http://www.freefoto.com/preview/31-06-6?ffid=31-06-6

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

the power of words











Words have the power to break a heart

Or inspire a dream

The ‘Virtues Project’
Linda Kavelin Popov, (2000), page 3




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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Why I loved teaching these last three weeks

I am the kind of girl who overthinks things. Not everything..but things that are especially important to me. Maybe that's necessary sometimes, but sometimes it is better to follow your heart and go with the flow.

I did not want to teach. Every rational part of me told me it was a bad idea.

Not only was I terrified, but at the age of 10 I decided i did not have anything to say to children and I have stuck by that. When I started this degree, I had NO idea I would be placed in mainstream schools (I was only interested in special needs). I was on the verge of dropping out of uni altogether only a few short weeks ago.

But I decided, against all better judgement, that I didn't have anything to lose. And so I went.

And I loved it.

I loved getting to know the kids. They were amazing little people, and much more complex than i had ever given anyone under 13 credit for.

I loved those moments when you knew you had made a connection with a difficult student. And while things weren't going to always be smooth sailing with them, it wasn't going to be impossible anymore.

I loved those moments when a student who had been struggling with a subject suddenly got it. They were so proud. I was so proud.

I loved when my lessons got through to the students, when they were interested in what I was saying and were excited about learning.

I loved the funny comments, the joking around, the colour and the laughter.

I loved that every day was different, and new, and nothing ever went according to plan and that was ok.

I loved the last three weeks.

While there were tantrums, tears (both the students and mine), lessons that were complete and utter disasters, days where the kids went completely nuts and made me feel like screaming, sleepless night after sleepless night planning lessons, days where I wanted to run away and never set foot in the place again...

I wouldn't have had it any other way.

While I could sit and think about all that went wrong, contemplate whether this is what I want, discuss it for days..I'm not going to.

It felt right. And when it comes down to it, that's really all that matters.

Even if common sense is telling me to run :p