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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Word for 2015: Encourage

Tomorrow is back to reality!  At least in our district we get to start off with an inservice day so we can slowly adjust to working full time again!

I don't know about ya'll, but my first semester was 50 shades of crazy.  New district initiatives, new literacy AND math units to learn, more new district initiatives, staff changes, and rough situations with kids that I just can't blog about...To say that I needed two weeks off was probably the *understatement* of 2014.  Anyone else out there feel that way!?!

And I soaked up every. last. minute. of my break.  Not much school work got done around here. {Although I did work on some new Sunday School packets for church...} Just a whole lotta playin' with this lil' guy...

Who can complain about that?

But with a new year and a new semester starting, I needed a break.  A refreshing of sorts.  And for only the second time I can ever remember in my life, I made a New Year's and New Semester's Resolution for my personal and professional life...

My dad told me about a book he read that emphasized choosing *one word* to live by instead of a list of goals a mile long.  So, after a two week break to reflect and relax, I've come up with my one word goal for this New Semester...

With all of the ups and downs of last semester, I need to spend more time thinking more on the positive by encouraging my teammates and myself.  And I need to spend more time encouraging my husband and my son after a long day of work... I can't always change the circumstances, but I can change me.

My *ENCOURAGING* prayers for 2015...

"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, be pleasing to you, Oh, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." 
Psalm 19:14

"Do not use foul or abusive language.  Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them." 
Ephesians 4:29

"Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up." 
1 Thessalonians 5:11

So here's to an encouraging, productive, fun-filled, and quick second semester.

Happy New Semester, friends!