Friday, August 4, 2017

"Twinkle lights are the perfect metaphor for joy. Joy is not a constant. It comes to us in moments - often ordinary moments. Sometimes we miss out on the bursts of joy because we're too busy chasing down extraordinary moments. Other times we're so afraid of the dark we don't dare let ourselves enjoy the light. A joyful life is not a floodlight of joy. That would eventually become unbearable. I believe a joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together by trust, gratitude, inspiration, and faith."
-Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

This TGIF post is inspired by BigTime Literacy.


On this Friday, I am putting out there that I hope to be a person people can trust as I move into my new role this fall.  Trust is critical to relationships, and I am about to make a lot of new relationships with people across my district.  I'm looking forward to new collaboration.  We are #bettertogether.


I am grateful for moments with family this summer.  While it has been a busy summer, I am so grateful for every moment I have had with my husband and kids, as well as my mom and sister and extended family.  Family matters.  That's a TV show, and a true statement.


I am currently inspired by many authors.  I've done some summer reading, and the work of Linda Sue Park (A Long Walk to Water), Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give), Peter Brown (The Wild Robot), and Mo Willems (Diva and Flea) are fresh in my mind this week.  Some of those books helped me notice author's craft, and some helped me see the world in a new way.  Both lenses are inspirational to me.


I have faith that the school year that is fast approaching is where we need to be.  I am hopeful that my students get the teachers that they need, and that I am the teacher that students need in the fall.