Weekend Coffee Share

Thank you for joining me for coffee today on this hot hot summer day! I am so glad you are here with me and it is to be a day full of sunshine.

I am having my regular strong black coffee. What would you like today? I have some iced tea if you like, or do you want something stronger today?

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Seven [7] Obsessions

Obsession, compulsion and power. Many nails driven through wood board

Today I share a list of 7 things I am currently obsessed with.

1

Thornton’s Office Supplies Disposable Fountain Pens

These are my new favorite pens! I love brown ink and these are smooth and fun to write with every day.

2

Sarah Selecky’s Daily Writing Prompts

I use her prompts every morning for my freewrites. It has made a huge difference in my writing life.

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What are you obsessed with right now?

#FMF WORLD

Every Friday I write 5 minutes on a word provided by Kate at http://www.fiveminutefriday.com.

Set the timer for 5 minutes…and ….GO!

I cannot control most of the world around me is the first thought that comes to mind. I cannot control the people around me, I can control me.

I love the world around me. Trees and nature surround me close enough for now. The birds sing in my yard every morning and call to one another. There is a couple of cardinals that have made their home nearby and it brings joy to my heart to see them.

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How to Share Your Reading Life

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As an educator, I have learned whether you are 5 or 50 years, new learning is new learning. The reaction is usually the same: frustration, choice words, and breakthrough. When teaching your profession you learn about yourself about how to be a trustworthy facilitator. For this reason, I have the personal mantra, “I will never ask you to do anything that I am not willing to do or have already done.” I don’t believe in busy work for students. It is a waste for everyone.

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How do you share your reading life?

Freedom Through Freewriting

For the month of May I participate in a story a day challenge. I write 1 piece of flash fiction that has a beginning, middle, and end. It is important for the piece to be finished. Each time I do a a challenge like this I add another layer of experimentation. I have used a visual each day, or an object, or a theme. This past May I chose to freewrite for 10 minutes first and then write my story.

My Freewrite rules based on Natalie Goldberg’s:

  1. Keep your hand moving.
  2. Handwrite with a nice pen.
  3. Set the timer for 10 minutes.
  4. Let go and write what comes. In other words, don’t try to control too much.
  5. Remember the prompt doesn’t matter.

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Do you freewrite yourself? Do you use it with students?

Weekend Coffee Share – Summer!

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Thank you for joining me for coffee today. I am so glad you are here with me. The summer solstice was Friday and I am more in tune to the cycles of nature lately. It is a day full of sunshine. Today is full of light because we are together.

I am having my regular strong black coffee. My brother used to joke I liked mill coffee — dark, strong and puts hair on your chest! What would you like today? I have some iced tea if you like, or do you want something stronger today?

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3 Steps to Happy

I wrote a guest post for Thavin and Marcob – check out the full post here.

This past week felt special and radiant with no major events on the calendar because it was full of everyday magic. 

The concept of noticing everyday magical moments came to me on a trail run. Running is my main fitness activity and as my feet pound the trail I ponder. The act of running and the solitude helps me through dilemmas and gives me much needed release. 

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When I analyze a concept I have to chunk it into smaller pieces in order to understand it and teach it. As a coach, I have to take large problems and bust them up into manageable pieces. While thinking about my own happiness my thought pattern determined  it is not large events that create the happy feeling. Instead, it is mini actions and the mindset I have about a situation which yields the euphoria. If I can recreate these mini actions that are personal to me, then every day happiness can be achieved.