Sunday, November 13, 2016

Learning for Me! {Celebrate This Week}

Today I'm celebrating learning for me!  I spend a lot of time planning and thinking about the learning of others; this brings me joy, it brings me worry, and it brings me happiness.  In the past week, I've taken the time and participated in some learning for me.  Ruth wrote two weeks ago about taking time, not making time and that really spoke to me.  Luckily, I had a few things coming up and planned that brought me joy, simple worries, and great happiness without thinking about my students. 

1.  I took two GRIT exercise classes at the YMCA.

2.  I took a decorative/personalized sign making class with two friends to celebrate a birthday.

3.  I took a beginning embroidery class with my daughter for her birthday gift.

4.  I spent a Saturday with colleagues learning about making your own literacy tools.

5.  I took another class, a weaving class with my daughter to finish her birthday gift experiences.

Taking time this past week brought joy, simple worries, and happiness.  I find great joy in creating and making things.  My simple worries were about color choices, where to position a needle, and can I really do one more squat or burpee jump. All of these things brought me great happiness because I was working towards new learning and changes in health, knowledge, and creativity.  I also spent time with family and friends without worrying about my teaching.  I know I can't plan all weeks like this but I'm going to work on sneaking in some of this learning/work more regularly. 


Thank you Ruth at Ruth Ayers Writes for encouraging us to find daily celebrations in our lives.  If you want to read more positive things stop by this week's post, I get to be their mama.


  1. What a fun week of trying out something new! One never knows what talents are hidden until you give it a whirl. Your embroidery brought back many memories. My fourth grade teacher taught us some basic stitches that we used on burlap with yarn. That was the beginning of my crewel period in stitching.

  2. What a great week you had! YOU are now MY role model!!

  3. I love your simple worries, Mandy! What a blessing to do and learn new things, get out of the regular routine! It sounds like a wonderful time, and is really fun that some were gifts for your daughter, too.

  4. What a great week of celebrating what you love.