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PERSPECTIVE

I have so many blogs that are labeled or just about perspective.  I try not to use the same title, but I had to on this one.   

To me, that is the #1 thing that MAKES a circumstance or situation. It’s how you look at it. 

Today, at the last general session of the leadership conference I was blessed to take 21 students to, our speaker was all about perspective. 

Make sad happy–
By giving and not taking
By helping others
And doing all you can to make a change.
Don’t think you can’t, believe you CAN.

You are not who you are because of what you look like.
(AMEN!)
True leaders don’t judge others who don’t make the cut.
It’s not about me, it’s about what I’m honored and blessed to give you.
Your life is limitless.

Attitude is not a cliche.
It’s powerful.
-Alvin Law

This guy was a motivational speaker, but as he said, he wasn’t there to give us motivation, he wanted to give us
PERSPECTIVE.
He gave it to us by the example he lives. He gave it to us by his actions. He was born with no arms and instead of looking at that as a disability …he said it was just a little struggle or difficulty.  To overcome those –no matter what they are—we must work.
This is so true! We all have our hang ups whether physical or mental and we have to WORK, put effort to it to make it past them.  It doesn’t happen overnight or in one day. It happens because we make our attitude a habit. Attitude truly is power.  PERSPECTIVE is what drives our attitude or visa versa. To me, they are one in the same.
Here’s a little clip I found on YouTube featuring this speaker–

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It really is simple.

So my friend who used to be my boss posted this blog about the ONE WORD.  He’s a pretty smart guy and had asked his faculty to send him a word… I will let you go read his blog: PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ HIS BLOG FIRST.

…and watch the ONE WORD video there…

Here’s part of my message I posted to his blog:

You know I can’t narrow my life to one word…THAT WOULD BE TOO SIMPLE! ALTHO–The word that has been repeating itself in my mind over and over for several days now in the face of all kinds of crazy life stuff (nothing bad, just life) is LOVE. I know I love, but do I love like I’m supposed to? Do I ALWAYS love like I’m supposed to? I don’t when I blow up at my kids or feel defeated looking at my laundry which has become like Mount Rushmore (serious, with faces and everything) …

I GOTTA REMEMBER TO LOVE in all circumstances. NO MATTER WHAT IS GOING ON!  People may hate on me, children may say my name like a broken record (ha!  kids these days don’t even know what “broken record” means) and I might feel stressed by stuff going on around me…BUT LOVE DOESN’T LOSE IT’S COOL…Love shows LOVE.  Love creates LOVE.  Love shows mercy and grace and brings on comfort and peace.
I want to LOVE like Jesus loves us.
LOVE!

It really is simple.

I thank God for great people He has put in my life.

I’m so blessed to know the people I do.
God has given me people in my life that confirm to me that HE is real. He uses people. I love to witness it. I love when He uses me too!
I have had conversations or experienced things with co-workers, friends, etc. that have helped me grow as a professional, as a friend and as a person. I thank God for these people so much!

The person I want to thank God for today (and whom I’ve thanked Him for several times in the last ten years) is my soon-to-be ex-boss, Scot Wright. I’m NOT brown-nosing here or trying to get any kind of points, you see, because he won’t be the one “taking score” on our campus this year. (if there truly is some kind of point system anyway)

In the last ten years I’ve seen him grow as an administrator and a leader. I liked him pretty instantly as a boss and it didn’t take much longer to figure out he is a great guy. He is a positive person, a dedicated person and what’s really cool: A LIFE LONG LEARNER. ((You know I love to learn!)) I know that the life long learner thing is turning into quite the buzz word here lately, but he was one of these way before it was “cool.” His character and personality is one of those that makes anyone like him quickly. He smiles, he laughs and definitely jokes around, but he can also be very serious and passionate about learning, leading and things that are important and vital to the well-being and education of our students.

Personally, he has been one of my greatest cheerleaders. He suggested I start this blog one summer and here I am a couple of years later with 737 posts and 346 followers, plus I created another blog for my class. He has encouraged me and helped me and supported me when he knew I needed it the most. He’s made me feel super smart when others have judged me as a dumb art teacher. He’s seen me cry and didn’t make fun of me. (yay!) Not being able to go in his office this upcoming school year and just sit there and talk about whatever is what I’m most sad about. I won’t be able to ask him questions about what form to fill out–a check request or purchase order (I never remember) OR ask advice about some crazy project my student council wants to try out. I won’t be able to lose my keys and have him laugh at me OR gripe at him about the bathroom and how the toilet won’t flush EVERYTHING and some people are totally against double flushing! Ew. HA! There have been quite a few times he’s made me laugh so hard about something that I keep thinking about and laughing for days. I will surely miss all that.

BUT I do have to say…I’m so happy for Mr. Wright, his lovely wife and their two kiddos. I’m sure it’s exciting to think of the opportunities he will have at his new job. His new place of employment will be fresh territory for him to share all the great attributes he possesses (that I’ve already mentioned…and more). His children, no doubt will do great at their new school. This move will be a wonderful adventure for all of them.

I’m so thankful that God allowed me to have him as my boss for ten WHOLE years. This man loves his family. He loves people. Most of all, and best of all, He loves God. It’s so awesome to work for someone who loves God.

He kids around a little too much sometimes (he made me seriously cry when he took a joke to far one time, but that is for some other blog) and at times, it’s hard to know when he’s being serious, but when he told me he took a job at a different school, I knew he was not joking. When he called me today to thank me for being great (another reason he’s great…he recognizes awesomeness…hehe), we agreed that staying in touch was important. Our girls are the same age and they will want to remain close, I’m sure. His wife is one of those people I can laugh out loud with at such crazy things (CHEWY!) no matter how long it’s been since we’ve seen each other. We gotta have another “girl day” soon!

So, even though I’m saying good-bye to Mr. Wright, I’m saying HELLO SCOT! (may I call you Scot now?!?) haha! I know I probably could have the entire time, but I call everyone at work by their last name. I’m not even sure I can call him Scot!

I know God put this family in my family’s life for purpose and again, I thank Him for it. This is NOT “good-bye” for real, this is just “I won’t see your face everyday, but we will still be friends forever no matter what!” Haha! Sounds like we need to have some kind of blood pact now. We can skip that part.

I thank God for great people He has put in my life.
May God bless Mr. Wright and his family in all! ((GO REBELS! …had to do that))

Want to follow a great, super cool life long learner?
Check Scot out on twitter @scot_wright.
His profile pic has a canvas in the background I made for him: LEARN …cuz IT IS WHAT IT IS (had to put that in there…it’s a total inside joke, sorry)

LEARN SOMETHING NEW TODAY!

Learning is one of my top favorite things to do.
I’d like to encourage you to LEARN today. LEARN SOMETHING NEW!
Think of something you want to know about, how to do or create. Research it. Look it up. Find someone on Twitter who can help you out. Search blogs. Go to Pinterest OR this new website I got turned on to today:
http://www.instructables.com
There are so many things on this website you can create. I found out about this place through a summer learning series I’m going through.
Here’s the blog that talks all about it:
WE ARE ALL MAKERS!
When I learn something new, it makes me want to learn even more. I know some people think they are done learning–finished. Perhaps they think they know it all. OR they just think they know enough. I sure hope I never get that way! I believe I love teaching so much, because learning is so exciting to me. I want my students to feel the same way!
Try it…
GO LEARN SOMETHING NEW TODAY!

LIEBSTER AWARD!!!

liebster2THIS IS SUCH AN AWESOME AWARD!  Thanks http://allurzdesign.wordpress.com/ for the nomination.  GEEEEZ!  It took me forever to continue the award going…So sorry!  But here goes…

The Liebster Award is an award for blogs with less than 200 followers. The Liebster award was originated in Germany and quickly spread out. Liebster means favorite or dearest. You can be nominated by a blogger that thinks you blog is good and useful. I think this is a supercool award!

Rules:

  1. Post eleven fun facts about yourself
  2. Answer the questions from the blogger that nominated you and make eleven questions for the bloggers you’re going to nominate.
  3. Nominate eleven bloggers and link them in your post. You can’t tag back!
  4. Let them know on their blog.

Eleven facts about me:

  • I love God.
  • I believe in Jesus.
  • I love my husband (he’s so hot!).
  • I am a mom.
  • I am a teacher.
  • I love art.
  • Painting is my favorite thing to do.
  • I like to say SUNSHINE AND SPRINKLES!
  • I do not eat donuts.
  • Clouds are amazing to me.
  • I blog to get things out sometimes.

 The questions I was asked by the person who nominated me:

  1. Do you have any phobias?      Not that I know of???
  2. Do you suffer from OCD?    Only when it comes to hygiene.
  3. Your biggest lessons so far?    Don’t tell God you have plans! –duhh!
  4. If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it?   Take care of a lot of people.  Further the Kingdom of GOD
  5. What do you do for fun?  ART
  6. Are you a morning or night person?    BOTH
  7. Can you define love in your own way?   being UNSELFISH
  8. If one song were to describe your life, what song would it be?  MY WISH by Rascal Flatts
  9. What are the three most important things in your life? God, Family and Friends
  10. Have you ever fired a gun?  Yep
  11. If you were stuck on an island and could take one thing what would it be?  BIBLE

MY NOMINATIONS:  (I only have ten!  Ug!  Sorry again!)

My Boss  http://scotwright.wordpress.com/  (PLEASE GO FOLLOW HIS BLOG!)

The Fifth Sparrow http://thefifthsparrow.wordpress.com/  (sweet blog)

Candy Coated Reality  http://candycoatedreality.com/  (has over 1000 followers but had to list it:  LOVE IT!)

Parenting Tips http://waynejacobs.wordpress.com/ (I’m sure has more than 200 followers but HAD to include this one.)

The Christ Centered Shepherd  http://christcenteredshepherd.wordpress.com/  (nice!)

MAZE A DAY  http://mazeaday.wordpress.com/  (not sure if they have more than 200 followers??)

Northern Art Teacher  http://northernartteacher.wordpress.com/  ( ART!!! )

Jesus is my Joy   http://jesusmyjoy.wordpress.com/  (simply said)

Year 27  www.year27.com  (AWESOME MISSION PROJECT)

Life Through My Lens  http://relatedwordsforhappy.wordpress.com/    (neat ideas!)

ELEVEN questions to my nominations:

  1. Why do you blog?
  2. How did you start blogging?
  3. What did your favorite teacher do to become that for you?
  4. What is your best subject?
  5. What is your NO BRAINER activity?
  6. Do you chill to music more than once a week?
  7. What’s the last thing you created?
  8. Define PEACE in your own words.
  9. What is your favorite season?
  10. Coffee or Tea?
  11. Do you chew gum?

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