Tuesday, June 23, 2015

{long pause} #sol15



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We have returned from our long pause on life.  A vacation to the beach.  A time away from it all.  A plentiful amounts of small moments to cherish with family.  Slow living.  Time to breathe.

Sigh.

We have returned from our long pause on life.  Two days of getting acclimated back to home life and summer living.  No real schedule yet.  Pajamas until noon.  Slow living.  Time to breathe.

Sigh. 

We have returned from our long pause on life.   But I'm going to continue some slow living this summer.  Living in the moment.  Treasuring being present.  Slow living.  Time to breathe.

Sigh.  And.  Breathe.



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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

{more living slow} #sol15


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Last week, I wrote about a taste of living slow.  It was just a taste.  One bite really.  Since then life has been nothing but slow living, but rather a whirlwind of activity.

The end of the school year is never a relaxing, easy going time.

There is much to do.  Book talks and summer reading plans and cleaning and organize and completing paperwork and gift purchasing and whatever else comes my way ... maybe like book room planning?!?

Then throw in a family vacation planned for right after school is out for summer.

There is much to do.  Packing and shopping and searching and washing and more packing and list making and wondering what I forgot to pack and grabbing and planning and packing probably more than we'll even need.

I'm tired already!  Needless to say, I'm looking forward to our family vacation -- it just can't come too quickly! I'm not quite ready ...

But very soon I'll be ready for more of that living slow.  Time to breathe ... on the beach, ocean waves, relaxing.  And time away from all this busyness called life.

I. Can't. Wait.  More tastes of living slow.  I'm ready for a feast!

Until then ... I need to remember to "keep calm."

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

{a taste of living slow} #sol15


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I feel like there is so much to do.

Complete benchmark assessments.  School paperwork.  Final meetings.  Collect guided reading books.  Start the book room.  Make summer reading plans with my students.  Write a summer letter to send home.  Organize a few piles in my classroom.  Think about packing up my room ... next week.

And then ...

Finish vacation itinerary.  Stop the mail.  Put items to the side for later packing.  Necessary shopping.  Laundry.  Make reservations for the first night of travel.  Purchase small Disney items. Pack books to read.  Grab snacks and movies.   Think about packing up my suitcases ... next week.

I feel like there is so much to do.

But instead ...

We went on a bike ride together to enjoy this beautiful night.  I worried before going, but quickly forgot about my long lists.  I remembered the joy of pedaling around our downtown neighborhood.  I listened to my girls see and point out intricacies of the houses, cars, putting greens, flowers, ducks and everything else they could spy.  I enjoyed the little extra exercise.  I enjoyed the freedom.

I breathed a long sigh of understanding the importance of living in the right now.

A taste of living slow.*  And it felt so good.

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* The idea of living slow inspired from Dana's Slice of Life: Living Slow.