Saturday, February 1, 2014

First February Celebration

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Today I am celebrating "extra" time!

We had two snow days this week. These days gave me time to work on things that I needed to do, but don't always have time for. I was able to work out at the gym three times this week, and might even get a fourth workout in there if today's snow will not make the roads too bad (which is a possibility). 

I have also been working on my #nerdlution goal of reducing paper piles and organizing my life. This will get even better workout from me if the snow makes me stay inside today.

I am celebrating more daylight minutes! More time spent enjoying the sunshine feels like a breath of warm air in the middle of polar temps (except today when it actually feels like a heat wave when the  temps hit 28°!!)

I am also celebrating extra time that my students got to study for their end of the semester exams (because of the snow days and a PD day). I celebrate the wise students who spent the extra time reviewing or reading books of their choice!

I am also celebrating the power of encouragement and positive words! I had a chance to talk with one of my admins yesterday. She works extremely hard! She is the first admin to arrive in the mornings and often the last one to leave. Couple of years ago when she got her current position I told her what a great teacher trainer she will be. Yesterday she told me how she has treasured those words ever since! I had no idea!

So today I celebrate how encouraging words, that take only a few moments of your time, can make such a big difference.

Let's celebrate the coming week by encouraging those around us at work!

18 comments:

  1. Sometimes we don't know how our words impact others. I'm glad that you heard how positively your words have stayed with your administrator.

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    1. It was also a good reminder for me to be more encouraging!

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  2. Jaana, I think I need to borrow your nerdlution goal. I have a few piles I need to reduce!

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    1. Maybe few more freeze or snow days can help with that!

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  3. I loved that last one, Jaana - such a great example of the way the kindnesses we show are remembered and can make a difference.

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    1. In the midst of all the testing data and evaluations, kindness is something that we need more!

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  4. It is amazing how what we say can be so powerful. Thank you for the reminder. Positive words are a great gift.

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    1. More positive words! We all need them!

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  5. Celebrating brings out the positive. That's what makes Saturdays great.

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  6. So great that you heard how those words helped, Jaana! We don't realize... Glad it was a good week!

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    1. There are always happenings to celebrate! Sometimes they are easier to find than other times!

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  7. Reducing paper piles, that's a goal I need to work on! Your last celebration reminds me of the hymn, Let us Oft Speak Kind Words - "Oh the kind words we give shall in memory live and sunshine forever impart. Let us oft speak kind words to each other, kind words are sweet tones of the heart."

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    1. I love that last line: "Kind words are sweet tones of the heart!" Thanks for sharing this Ramona!

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  8. Those extra snow days are so nice aren't they? You and I had some of the same goals. My desk at school got cleaned off last week. The custodian couldn't believe her eyes when I showed her. :) I'm so glad you shared how your words impacted your administrator. That just validates how important it is to always be kind. We never know how even the most simple gestures or words can make someone's day better.

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    1. Julie, words are so important, but sometimes I forget that in the midst of the "business." This was a good reminder for me to pay more attention to my words!

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  9. Time is a precious gift. I'm glad you got some time out for yourself. And, words- big and small- have tremendous power. I'm glad you choose to spread kindness and positivity with yours!

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    1. Kindness and positivity--we all need to spread more of each!

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