“Do I really have to write each word I misspell 15 times?” I asked my teacher in 2nd grade. That was enough for me to become an ace at spelling tests. Fast forward fifteen years to my 2nd grade classroom. Having implemented the Spalding “Writing Road to Reading” theories and practices, along with the spelling to writing and reading curricula, my students didn’t need to worry if they would get do-overs. You bet they did. Victoriously a do-over would lead to why I taught in the first place~to see students light up with learning and mastery. And that mastery was determined by each individual student (not based on their date of manufacture ;-). Some of you must be thinking “hey, you shouldn’t get a do-over on everything!”
My favorite administrator said to me when I was 26, “Karla, I appreciate that you don’t give up on the students or yourself! You’ll find a way!” I’ll never forget the impact of that statement. Ms. M (as I fondly call her) was the reason I changed my Master’s program to administration. She motivated me to fulfill a need to help other adults, not just kids, in do-overs (and of course to help achieve successful first attempts!). It was my personal mission to promote a safe and encouraging environment where each person, young or old, knew that grace would abound. With grace, yoked with skill and motivation, there was a satiation of love and learning. The schoolhouse would be satisfyingly electrifying (oh the stories of when the electrocution hurt!)!
Tweak a situation just a bit and we could all do better I’m sure. “Dad, can I take a mulligan on that shot?” “Mom, will you reteach me that chord?” “Boys, how best can I care for you?” “Students, what are you learning from me?” “Staff, how can I make your job better?” “Friends, in what ways can I help?”
“There’s no need for a do-over!” the voice of God boomed. HE was absolutely right as always. If I were to do it over and over again I’d still be ME. But there ARE things I should be doing over … and over.
My “to-do” over and over list:
begin each day with prayer and thanksgiving
give and accept grace
learn from my mistakes
pause and reflect
take care of myself and those I love
live by truth
see the positive
guard my heart
think before I speak
Renew your heart and mind, de-clutter your soul, live with grace, and show love everyday. Do it over and over.
We don’t get a do-over on the ONE LIFE WE HAVE TO LIVE.
I’m finally starting to see through the “blog fog”. After journaling my own thoughts for years and aspiring to one day publish, I began this site with low expectations. Not on you the reader, but for myself. I had lost confidence in beginning new challenges. The feeling of defeat seemed to creep into my mindset. And then I became a part of the WordPress community. The salve of encouragement and the daily dose of comradeship has soothed the sting of our new reality.
Encouragement is the trait that seems to naturally be a part of me. Isn’t that what we should be in life? Encouragers? We all have gifts and talents. And it seems the blogging community, in addition to sharing their own writing talents, thrive in encouraging others. No, my writing isn’t going to be everyone’s “cup of tea”. No, my beliefs may not align with everyone. But yes, we are all human~and the kindred spirits seem to congregate.
The Liebster and Ideal Inspiration Blogger Awards
There are many opinions about awards. And for the sake of time, I understand. When I think back to my first year teaching I remember fondly the veterans who helped me build on the small steps of success (and oh boy, do I recall those who taught me quickly, and a bit painfully, how NOT to motivate others). For me, accepting these awards, as I begin my life in the blogosphere, is an important step to recognize other “newbies” and respect the chain of gratitude.
In a struggle to find balance between the layers of current life and create a writing routine, the acceptance posts can seem daunting. Yet, I believe them to be the jumpstart to fertilize the rich soil of dreamers like me. So to those of you that have thousands of followers and are following me, thank you. I’m humbled. And to those that have just started and have fewer followers, be encouraged and thank you for joining me. With time, and faith, connections will occur. It’s only human.
I want to thank Janet @ endless-rivers.com for nominating me for the Liebster Award. It is really humbling~sincerely it is. Janet has been a wonderful supporter and I encourage you to check out her site. You have to know her story! It’s truly an inspiration. You must know how she became an overcomer. 💚
RULES • Thank the blogger who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. • Answer the 11 questions given to you. • Share 11 facts about yourself. • Nominate 5-11 other bloggers. • Ask your nominees 11 questions. • Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post
Answers to Endless Rivers questions:
What is your greatest life lesson so far? I’ve had so many. Keep going, keep my faith, ultimately God has me.
What’s your favorite Car Karaoke song to sing? All of them~but rap! Musicis my life 🎶
Name one habit you would like to quit, and one you would like to start? Stop apologizing so much and start a habit ofwriting more each week.
What has been your greatest challenge in the past month? Life hasn’t altered too much in regards to social distancing. However, not falling into the fear among the masses has been challenging. I keep faith and reality in my holsters at all times.
Share one thing you’ve never shared before about yourself. I love counting things. It’s weird.
What are you most afraid of? Distracted drivers and hate
Have you ever been mistaken for someone else? Yes! I’m a twin!
What’s missing in your life? Being near my kids and grandchild. But I know they’re in my heart and I’m thankful for technology. Otherwise, I’m beyond blessed.
What is the number ONE thing on your bucket list? Visit Jerusalem
Would you rather camp or do a five star hotel? Camp!
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? I’m an ambivert. I had to be extroverted in my career and can handle small spurts. But I love my alone time and do not like big crowds.
It is such an honor to humbly accept the Ideal Inspiration Award from Rising Star ⭐️ @ idealinspiration.blog He is truly a well of positivity! From resources to help your site, to beautiful pictures, and ways to just do daily life and /or grow your business! Please check out the site.
Answers to Rising Star’s questions:
What is your best inspiration source? The Bible and my journals. There are many inspiring authors/bloggers that I read that inspire me.
What is the main purpose of your blog? To encourage and inspire, but also to share a bit of my RV life and legacies in my own family.
What inspires you to write? Simply stories of faith and also deep thoughts about the human mysteries.
How often do you write? Not enough right now! But I try to publish once a week.
What is your best time of creativity? It hits at different times and a lot while I’m trying to sleep. Lol.
And my nominations are (insert drum roll)…
Each and every person on this list has impacted me. If you need encouragement please visit them. Nominees, do not feel pressured to accept. I only want you to know the impact you’ve had on me.
In lieu of answering 11 questions choose 11 words that describe you (it could be a noun, adjective, verb,….any word that is YOUR word). For example, two of mine would be music and nature. Thank you to all of my followers and readers. You truly make the blogosphere ~and this writer~feel encouraged.