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My word for 2021 is PUSH and I want to help push you into new adventures and ideas. I want to inspire you to take action where you are feeling stuck.

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Mark Your Calendar!
First FREE Push Group

Do you plan to write, but then don’t?
Do you open the notebook and don’t know what to write?
Does the blank page intimidate you?

I can help you learn how to control your time, rather than have it control you while being inspired along the way.

Come to The First PUSH group – Journaling on January 4th @ 7:30p.m. Central time.
Come try out the new feature for my Patreon community.

Cost

Free.

What??! Yes, really.

Time commitment

60 mins per day
Watch live or watch the recordings* later.
*Recording is available for Patrons after each live class.

Wanna come? Click here and RSVP for free. We’ll email you back ASAP with instructions on how to attend.

PUSH Journaling is gonna be a goldmine of smart ideas to seriously help you out. Less stress. More writing. Relief for you. Win-win for the world.

Can’t make this first offering? Every Monday night in January will be a different opportunity. Stay tuned for details.

#push #oneword #journaling #writing #community #teaching #lifegivingconversation #learning #storytelling #challenges #newyear #writingcommunity #coaching #connection #theaccidentalinspirationalist #tammyb #groups

End of Year Thoughts #SOL20

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Every week on Llama Tuesday I write a post and share it on the Two Writing Teachers blog.

Here are the rules:

WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog.
SHARE a link to your post in the comments section.
GIVE comments to at least three other SOLSC bloggers.

I have chosen to focus on the blessings of 2020 rather than the alternative.

Reframing is a skill I learned more about from Teach Like a Champion in education that I have applied in all areas of my life. During 2020 I trained with Tony Robbins and Karissa Kouchis and came back to the idea that my life happens for me and not to me. I have had this attitude most of my life but 2015-2019 were some rough years for me when I forgot.

Yes, there has been challenges and death in my life. I have learned to pivot even faster than I had in the past.

We are down to 3 days left in 2020. I have 3 more writing prompts to publish til the end of my #100writingpromptsproject. I have been joyously planning my next projects all this week on my walks.

2020 was the year of the pivot. I had to learn more about virtual teaching but had confidence going in. Most of my best friendships are with people I have never spent time with in real life. I know that strong relationships and learning can happen on Zoom because it was already part of my life. I also have participated in so many free or low cost writing classes over 2020 because of the generosity of teachers all over the world. Taking what I learn from these experiences and applied to my every day teaching makes me happier.

I learned from people around me. I went to Unleash the Power Within from Tony Robbins in July which was online for the first time. Tony Robbins at first didn’t think it was possible to do his events on Zoom but guess what? He figured it out. (He also built an incredible stage to run it from but that is another story.)

It is a whole different kind of exhaustion to be in front of a computer all day while teaching and attending meetings – this is a fact. It is also a reminder that we need to take care of ourselves. There are advantages to teaching online – my kids know their sight words better than any other year. They are more focused during lessons because they are watching me on the screen and they feel like I am talking right to them.

My word of the year came to me and I tried to ignore it for awhile but it persisted and won. My word for 2021 is PUSH. I have lots of plans (and secret plots) brewing already for the new year. There is a certain ceremony for the changing of the month and the year – especially in kindergarten! It is a fresh start and exciting.

There are a lot of things I am going to let go of this year. I have been hanging onto to them for so long and it is time.

I am also going to be open and allow things to come into my life. I have goals and intentions of course but sometimes things come into our life in a much different way than expected – and sometimes that is even better.

Building my own circle of people I associate consistently with is a focus of mine this year. I am always learning from life giving conversation and have to create these experiences in a different way now! I am beginning my PUSH groups on January 4th (which are FREE!). The first one is on journaling and if you would like to join in the fun and learn 3 ways I journal to better writing then please click here.

Everything I have learned has brought me to right here. It is a good place to be!

A Gift for You Today

I love an increment of 10 minutes. There is something magical about the number 10. It is my daily goal to write at least 10 minutes.

Set a timer for 10 minutes and write to this prompt:

If you were 17 again and had to spend 20K in a short amount of time what would you do?

I love this prompt because it is part dream and part planning. You have the knowledge of you life experiences up to now which influences. It allows you to look back at what you have learned about yourself along the way.

I like a list for this prompt but a couple sentences per item would do as well. I would love to hear about your list.

Here is mine:

  1. Go to Germany. (Right away, I would do this first)
  2. Set some money aside for Google and whenever Zoom comes onto the market to buy stock
  3. Put money in an investment to go to the IOWA’s writers workshop
  4. Go to writing conferences
  5. Babysit a house in a rural location and write for a month.
  6. Go to Norway.
  7. Take cooking classes in Paris

What would you do?

Could you take a moment and fill out this survey for me? I am not collecting email or names, just info. It is a few clicks and I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!

Weekend Coffee Share

Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope this weekend is full of whatever brings you joy. Thank you to Eclectic Ali for hosting every week.

Let’s settle in for a chat and several cups of coffee. I have the thick mugs that won’t cool too quickly.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I walked 86 miles this past week. It was glorious and all in the sun!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you it was 51 degrees one day and then 6 degrees the next. That is quite the difference in 24 hours.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you this holiday has brought up a lot of feelings for me. Missing old times when my Oma was alive and the tradition of her house. I am grateful for this year and what it has brought me. It caused me to be more creative as well.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my husband made all the cookies yesterday and the house smelled amazing. They really are some of the best he has ever made.

If we were having coffee, I would ask you if you chose a word of the year for 2021? I like the one word format.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am signed up for 2 writing classes in February and am excited. Sarah Selecky is starting a Six Senses writing program January 1st so I am looking forward to that as well. I need to revisit some prompts from my Kathy Fish or Nancy Stohlman classes this week I think.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am on a podcast today! Teachers on Fire is an amazing podcast and I was honored Tim asked me to be interviewed. We talk a lot about writing!

Thank you for joining me for a coffee today.

I Am A Teacher on Fire!

I was honored to be interviewed by Tim Cavey from Teachers on Fire!

This podcast is amazing and if you aren’t listening to it already you need to subscribe.

You can do that here.

Here are the deets:

TAMMY BREITWEISER is a primary teacher, prolific writer, and podcaster. Her commitment to the learning of her students is matched only by her dedication to personal growth; complacency is not a word you will ever associate with Tammy. On her Twitter profile, she writes “I am the Accidental Inspirationalist and a writer who is a Force of Nature.” After following her content for any length of time, you’ll see that she is exactly that.

FOLLOW Tammy

On Twitter @TLBreit (https://twitter.com/TLBREIT)

On Instagram @InspireTammyB (https://www.instagram.com/inspiretammyb/)

On her website at https://tammysreadinglife.wordpress.com/

On her mailing list at https://mailchi.mp/f99ff5fdfc67/newsletter-sign-up

On Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/show/2uBzMJthw4bDDPZ9phzRQh?si=bgHvqvB8TLiTTGSPtqUPjQ

VISIT https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode!

FOLLOW Teachers on Fire on social media

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On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey

On The Teachers on Fire Magazine: https://medium.com/teachers-on-fire

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Song Track Credits

Roots of Legend by Density & Time

I Did That by Diamond Ortiz

I Don’t Wanna Wait by Nana Kwabena

True Messiah by DJ Freedem

Anthem by The Grand Affair

*all tracks courtesy of the YouTube Audio Library at https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music

Need Some Inspiration and a PUSH?

Sign Up Here!

Mark Your Calendar!
First FREE Push Group

Do you plan to write, but then don’t?
Do you open the notebook and don’t know what to write?
Does the blank page intimidate you?

I can help you learn how to control your time, rather than have it control you while being inspired along the way.

Come to The First PUSH group – Journaling on January 4th @ 7:30p.m. Central time.
Come try out the new feature for my Patreon community.

Cost

Free.

What??! Yes, really.

Time commitment

60 mins per day
Watch live or watch the recordings* later.
*Recording is available for Patrons after each live class.

Wanna come? Click here and RSVP for free. We’ll email you back ASAP with instructions on how to attend.

PUSH Journaling is gonna be a goldmine of smart ideas to seriously help you out. Less stress. More writing. Relief for you. Win-win for the world.

Can’t make this first offering? Every Monday night in January will be a different opportunity. Stay tuned for details.

#push #oneword #journaling #writing #community #teaching #lifegivingconversation #learning #storytelling #challenges #newyear #writingcommunity #coaching #connection #theaccidentalinspirationalist #tammyb #groups

Tuesday Walking Thoughts #SOL20

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Every week on Llama Tuesday I write a blog post and share it on the Two Writing Teachers blog. Then I comment on at least 3 other posts.

Here are the rules:

WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog.
SHARE a link to your post in the comments section.
GIVE comments to at least three other SOLSC bloggers.

We are down to 9 days left in 2020. I have 9 more writing prompts to publish til the end of my #100writingpromptsproject. I can hardly believe it or how fun it has been!

One of the delights of winter break is that I can take my walks in the morning, which means sunshine. My body prefers to walk in the morning rather than after school. Today I walked 13 miles and was positively giddy about it.

I listened to the MFA Podcast which I love about writing (A new episode came out today.) I did a Tara Brach meditation. I made notes about writing.

But I also thought about my grandmother and some complicated feelings around her and current circumstances. Grief and lost things were on my mind too. It is always surprising to me when there is a domino effect of memory. One leads to the next like a “if you read this you’ll like this” list. Or a recommended list from the memory before. This ripple can send me into a spiral of not pleasant memories fast. A thought of a loss falls into another one and into another.

In addition to this memory parade, I have been dealing with other pain. Physical pain is not something I typically have to deal with even when I was a long distance runner. Lately, I start my walks with my muscles all balled up and it can take two miles before I feel my body relax.

On a different note, on my mind today was also a writing prompt that stuck with me about a desk and an egg metaphor. I reflected on the year and how I can use what I know to help others or save them time.

I learned about Chalene Johnson’s tradition of 10 envelopes. Her family writes letters and includes a monetary gift in an envelope and then hands them to strangers on an outing for the purpose of distribution. They hand the envelopes to people with the phrase: Here is a gift for you, Merry Christmas. In November in years past I have had students write anonymous letters to adults in the school thanking them for something specific. I have been the anonymous gift fairy. This 10 envelope idea intrigues me and I plan to make it my own.

I am thankful for the time and less obligations this week. I will continue to carve out time to read and write and simply rest.

Also, my flash story was published in Gone Lawn yesterday. Click here to read it. One of the most influential teachers was my orchestra director who taught me from 6th grade to 12th. This (mostly) true story was inspired by him and my love of music.

What are you thinking today?