Celebration: Inhale, exhale. Repeat.

If you are a teacher in B.C. right now, you can’t think. Coherence is next to impossible. Logic? Out the window. Just breathing and moving at the same time? Quite remarkable. As I type, both parties involved in the BC Education dispute are holed up with experienced (thank goodness times a thousand) mediator Vince Ready trying to get a negotiated settlement. Which would mean we might actually make it back to school in the month of September. After months of striking, it is more than time. I am not so good at sitting by while huge discussions are happening that impact my life, my children’s lives and the lives of each my students and their families. But sit by, I must.

And the best I can do, is make a list. List making is like one foot in front of the next. One, two, three, four . . . So here we go . . . While everything hangs in the balance and I can barely breathe, I am going to make a list that allows me to slow down and celebrate. Inhale, exhale, here we go.

Right now, I celebrate how very much I love my job. How being a teacher brings me joy. How lucky I am to be part of a classroom community. Let me be back here soon!

I celebrate . . .

 Energy

Celebration: Inhale, exhale. Repeat. There's a Book for That

Balance

Celebration: Inhale, exhale. Repeat. There's a Book for That

Pride

Celebration: Inhale, exhale. Repeat. There's a Book for That

Mentorship

Celebration: Inhale, exhale. Repeat. There's a Book for That

Expression

Celebration: Inhale, exhale. Repeat. There's a Book for That

Focus

Celebration: Inhale, exhale. Repeat. There's a Book for That

Engagement

Celebration: Inhale, exhale. Repeat. There's a Book for That

Current obsessions

Celebration: Inhale, exhale. Repeat. There's a Book for That

Play

Celebration: Inhale, exhale. Repeat. There's a Book for That

Embracing our Inner Goofy

Celebration: Inhale, exhale. Repeat. There's a Book for That

All of it? The magic I desperately miss.

Do your thing Mr. Ready.

Thank you to Ruth Ayres, for the inspiration and her Celebration Link up that she hosts each week. I treasure this #celebratelu community. Despite our busy days, time is always found to share what we celebrate. It’s like passing a virtual gratitude stone!

celebrate link up

36 thoughts on “Celebration: Inhale, exhale. Repeat.

  1. It has taken so much patience from all the teachers to wait. It seems unbelievable that it has taken so long to find a solution and it’s still not here. I like how you find strength through thinking of all the things that bring joy at school. Wishing for your school to start soon.

  2. I love looking at the pictures and seeing the involvement, joy, and creativity you foster in your room! It’s a shame not all can feel that. Hoping to hear screams of joy from your neck of the woods soon!

  3. Hoping that things will be resolved soon! I love the pics. I’m choosing three to inspire my retirement journey: balance, expressing my inner goofy, and expression. Thanks for a wonderful new phrase for our Saturday celebrations, passing our virtual gratitude stone.

  4. All of those images speak to what matters. You are so smart and strong to hold on it up and hold on tight. Hoping for the end of this troubling time for you and your students.

    • I know – looking through these photos was tough. How I adore these kids! Unfortunately mediation didn’t go well yesterday so today is crucial if mediator to remain involved.

  5. What a great way to express your celebration – through pictures and the joy of learning and teaching. I can’t even imagine what all of your are going through. Hope a solution comes soon and you get back to what you love!

  6. Oh, my dear friend – I am feeling extremely discouraged today at the thought that I will not be welcoming eager faces on Tuesday morning. I fear that this will be longer than we could have anticipated and my heart is aching.

  7. 😦 My heart goes out to you, and to all the students that are missing out on time they deserve to be spending with you. I just don’t even know what to say.

  8. I am so sorry that this dispute is taking so long. I can’t imagine the stress of it, but you seem to have the right idea. Breathe and celebrate what you can celebrate. You are in my thoughts!

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