Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My Truth Monday

So, a while back, my friend Denise over at SunnyDays  came up with a great idea called "my truth Monday"... And it was going to be a simple post each Monday... I fully intended on participating each and every week.... Clearly, that didn't happen!! But this week it was simple... Pick your "one word" for 2014... It's all based on an article that's been floating around in the blogosphere for a while and I really liked it. You can read more about it here

So... What's my word for 2014??

I'm sure it comes as no surprise, given that I named my blog "good ENOUGH teacher"... I've been the over-achieving, perfectionist, driving myself and my family crazy, working non-stop, making myself sick, super-teacher for too long... And after reading a book this summer, I felt that it was time to let some things go and accept that, sometimes, it's really okay to just be "good enough"... Case in point... The last day before Christmas break... I did NOT throw my class a huge party.... There were a few reasons for this, but I'll post more about that later... But let me just say... When I woke up to nearly a foot of snow that day, I was thankful I had planned a more mellow day for my kiddos. We hung out and practiced our song for the school sing-along, then when that was over, we came back and worked on a fabulous holiday packet from one of my favorite local bloggers, Lory Evans... (You can check out the packet here!) 

As you can see, it was a chill day in my classroom..... No bells and whistles, nothing over the top... But it was GOOD ENOUGH for my students. I even heard one boy declare to his table that this was "the best day ever!" That just made my whole day. It truly is the simple things in life that matter most. And if I could pick a second word, I think I would choose "simplify"... Which kind of goes hand in hand with "enough"... 

Okay, enough of my late night rambling... I'm going to leave you with a YouTube video from my dear friend Julie de Azevedo (author of The Burnout Cure, which I blogged about this summer)... This song is called "Make enough of me", and I think it's something many of us can relate to. I hope you love it. Happy 2014!!
Okay apparently I'm not smart enough to figure out how to embed a video from YouTube with this app on my iPad... So the link will have to do for now. I'll try to fix it later. Click here to view the video on YouTube. 

1 comment:

  1. You are spot on with your OLW. Love it. Sometimes "enough" is exactly what we all need!

    Abby @ Third Grade Bookworm