September 25

Joy List

Life seems to be moving at hyperspeed. There are days when it’s hard to stop and catch my breath. I’m working on practicing gratitude during these times. Here are some things which bring me joy and for which I’m thankful…

1. Students who challenge me and make me laugh.

2. Acts of kindness.

3. Laughing (and crying) with friends who see me and love me.

4. Phone calls and FaceTime with family.

5. Time spent in the pages of my notebook where I feel safe and free.

6. Walks and cuddles with Bella.

7. A school where I feel heard and valued.

8. The taste of my coffee in the morning.

9. Spending time making and creating

10. Long drives where I belt out my favorite tunes.

11. Making lists.

12. Cozy blankets and pillows.

13. My favorite blue ice cube trays that make my tiny ice cubes.

14. Making plans to attend & present at NCTE.

15. Pausing and listening.

Just sitting down and jotting this list has helped me on this gloomy and rainy morning. Today, what brings you joy?

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May 15

What Brings Me Joy?

This question was posed to me by a friend. I decided to sit and think about it and make a list. Here’s what I came up with…

After I wrote, I decided to flip back to the past week or two in my notebook to see if I’d done this recently. Look what I found…

It’s a collection of posts that focus on the joy in life and the funny moments during the day.

If I were forced to pick just one thing that brings me joy, satisfaction, and engagement…it all leads back to the notebook!