Five for Friday on a Saturday

The longest week ever is over, and I am (belatedly) linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday.

Well, this was not the start to the school year I was hoping for. You know those times when you have a vision in your mind of how things are going to be, and then it ends up...not like that? That's where I am right now. I spent a lot of summer planning and getting re-energized about teaching only to start the year and deal with...situation after situation after situation. Consequently, I am all out of sorts.

However, I know things will turn around and that my problems are minuscule compared to other people's. With that in mind, I'm devoting this week's Five for Friday to the people and things who help me keep it moving! My lifesavers, if you will.

My mom.

In addition to everything else about her that is wonderful (which I don't have room on this blog for), any time I reach Level Red on the #icant scale, she is a phone call away. Her answer to "Can I please vent for 5 minutes?" is always "Yes," despite anything she might be dealing with herself. I have avoided many breakdowns during planning weeks over the years due to these calls.

That guy I live with.

Unfortunately for my other half, this is his first up close and personal look at how stressful the beginning of the school year is (we still only saw each other on the weekends at this time last year...crazy!).  He might not fully understand a meltdown about a lack of storage areas in the classroom, but he's learned that a hug and a "Can I do anything to help?" is the best response. 

These two.

Enough said.

My teaching partner.

This year I am blessed to have one of my BFFs be my grade level partner. I would not have made it through this week without her and her glass-is-half-full outlook. I know by the end of the year, we are going to make amazing progress with this group of kids!

Making smart choices.

In the past I would have used any bump in the road as an excuse to derail and quit on my goals. I am proud that I got up early and exercised every day, instead of hitting snooze until the last possible minute. I packed healthy lunches and had (mostly) homemade dinners instead of relying on processed foods and takeout. I took time for myself every day, whether it was to read or work on future products, instead of devoting every waking minute to my classroom. In my "advanced" age I have learned that taking care of myself does not mean the same thing as being selfish. Life is too short to be stressed all the time.

That's all for me. Hoping next week will be better and to have some great things to show off for Five for Friday! Make sure to head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching if you're a straggler like me...there's still time!  


  1. Wow, what a week! We all get those weeks, and it's funny because no matter what beautiful plans you create, you can still end up with craziness! I'm glad you have such a good group to keep you calm.

    1. Thank you for stopping by! Next week will be better!


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