Four things you can do today to brighten your surroundings.

Hello friend and welcome back for another fresh cup of blog copy.

Julie here, the writer writing to you from her sofa. As I read about the new features and benefits of blogging here I like some and don’t like some other ones.

Do you know what I am talking about? Do you know how you like the things the way they are, have everything figured out, oh, the publish button is bottom left in green and then the next day it is top right in blue?

Drives me nuts but if that is my biggest worry than I truly am blessed.

Not too much to worry about here.

I find the online space is getting quite crowded with so many kids and adults now bumping into telephone poles as they walk. I saw an entire group of kids on their phones at the basketball court before I went back to watching my video.

What a sad sad day that was! Not all time is spent online though! A lot of it is spent in wait for it? Real life!

Real life though includes dishes, floors, windows, bills and washing clothes, so much would rather watch a video when I relax. So much to learn.

I always wonder what will be next? My theory is that there will be individual flying machines and also, quite certain there will be tela transportation! Why not with all the new things people are inventing.

I could have never imagined being back in touch with people I haven’t seen or heard of for over thirty years! I like it for the most part. I also like making new friends and watching the numbers of my reach. The internet game is certainly interesting. I heard it was called SOCIAL MARKETING.

LOL.

Luckily, the phone rang and it was my student from years back calling me back into the classroom. She had heard they were looking for a teacher and thought of me. Then I get to the to school and another teacher tells me there is another job at another school too that I got. The hardest part, at least for me, is getting back to work after raising kids and while raising kids. I find I truly need to find a work – life balance and that is not always easy.

I wanted to update you on what is going on:

everyone here is well

i started selling make up from my phone and that took off like a missile

i got a little bit of confidence back

i stopped being such a perfectionest

i travelled quite a bit and will continue to do so

our baseball team is stellar and i mean stellar

I couldn’t love that sport more and yes, baseball has been very very good to me.

Family is well and quite certainly my rock

house is freezing and warm at the same time. have a fire yet this old house is breezy.

i still read the same blogs I used to read when i started, years ago, like Ducks, Kate, 13th C/Bea and Loo and her Boos. I love to support writers.

As for my sister’s initiative we are all about empowering people, not only women.

Our key words this year are uplift, empower and validate. Validate meaning we have a job for you if you don’t have one that we know you will love.

One of my friends from HS writes me and asks how she can help. She is laugh. So many of my friends ended up on disability! It is a double edged sword in that they probably are earning more than I as a teacher.

I was thinking long and hard about the Devos appointment. I just need to get this off of my chest. I am writing from the perspective of an actual teacher who has spent over 25 years sitting next to and infront of kids in a classroom, with a pencil and an eraser, trying to be as nice as I possibly can and supportive too.

Once I had this class, it was the oddest class. There were 20 kids from 20 different countries. They spoke different languages, a lot of them were refugees from war torn countries, some of them did not use a Roman calendar meaning they didn’t use 1980, 1981 or January February. Some of them wrote from right to left, some of them used completely different alphabets, some of them would write my name for me using their childhood memories tweaking their faces remembering what they knew in their beautiful languages.

This class was a turmoil to manage. The hardest part was that there were so many problem kids in there that all of the teachers were called into meetings in the afternoons. Meetings were unpaid and considered part of the contracts.

The thing is, when you appoint someone like Devos into a life long position, someone who has not been in the trenches, me, as a itty bitty person, sitting next to the kid, with the eraser, just thinks to herself, self, this lady has just used her social status to buy herself a job for the rest of her life and meanwhile I sit here like a chump after school in meetings!

Such is life!

I got into the same discussion with a fb friend who thought she was an appropriate person for the job and it got to an almost unfriending position! LOL

We managaged to be civil though without any name calling.

On another note,

there was something else I wanted to mention.

Travel has been big for me these last years. I remember being single and travelling and my friend M said to me you are so lucky you travel so much and I thought yes but had I a family I would be so lucky to stay put!

Now years and wisdom start to set in and you realize to be happy no matter what your position, if that makes sense.

Also, developing good habits and sticking to them is a good idea. Everyone talks about being consistant! Ha! That makes me laugh. Once I get an idea in my head it is impossible for me to be anything but! I will give you an example, it is the way I clean. I have said it before and shall say it again, I go left to right. It works!

Every day for over 30 years! I am happy with the result.

What about you? Have you established good habits in your life? Have you got systems into place that help you accomplish your goals?

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