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Champion Teachers

Happy Wednesday everyone! If you’re reading this you are busy surviving the week! Keep going! It’s almost over!

So, on Monday I got to do some travelling for work. This hardly ever happens for me so I thoroughly enjoyed being outside the classroom for just one day!

My school is part of The South African Extraordinary Schools Coalition: A community of practice that’s made up of school leaders from South African schools that define themselves as impact schools.

Three times a year, we meet at these various schools to share best practices in the classroom as well as the running of the school we are visiting. Monday was Inanda Seminary in Durban.

Education is truly a passion that rewards you in more ways than just money. By far my favourite thing about this organisation and these meetings is how empowering it is to be surrounded by passionate leaders, teachers and student teachers who want to learn from each other and grow in the industry! I never leave without a nifty trick I can take back to my own classroom and a new burst of energy to use when I get back!

I hope that you too are working in an industry that you are excited and passionate about. I hope every day you are encouraged to do more in your field to make the world a better place.

Please check out the work that the Coalition is doing by following them on Twitter:

@Saescoaliton

@bridgeprojectSa

Thank you so much for visiting with me! Go and set the world afire! Have a great week ahead, dear readers!

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Move!!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I’m so sorry I’m later than usual!

The days are flying by and I often feel like I’m barely touching sides, phew! As long as I am progressing and as long as things are getting done, I will never complain!

So I’m finally doing it: tonight is my last night in this matchbox I’ve called home for the last 4 – 5 years! Remember, I told you about this a while ago? Check it out here if you’ve forgotten!

Moving has made me realise how far I’ve come from that bright-eyed bushy tailed 20 something, who moved up to Joburg with a few suitcases and nothing else! Now, I have furniture and framed pictures, reception tables and a metal rubbish bin. I have linen and so many more glasses than the last time I moved! Guys, I have things! Progress and growth is the order of the day!

I had every intention of taking pictures to show everyone, but I’ll save that for another time, I think! I’ve just been focused on moving bit by bit so that tomorrow is not so strenuous! Luckily I have midterm break starting tomorrow so I can unpack and rest and also catch up on work, because wow, there is so much work to do!

Still, I am grateful for days full of things to do that matter to me! I am no longer the man on the bleachers but an active participant in my own life! That’s worth celebrating!

I leave you with this thought:

Thank you so much for waiting up for me! We’ll chat on Sunday ( or maybe sooner?) Have a beautiful week😘

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Obsessed

Hey erbody! It’s Sunday! One of my favourite days, partly because I get to catch up with you guys! I hope you had a fantastic weekend!

Today, I wanted to tell you about my new dress, but I’m going to save it for Wednesday. I have something else in mind for today and it has been bothering me for a long time and I neeeeed to get it off my chest!

So, I’ve been working out for a few years now. And I’ve watched my body plateau over the last few months. So I’ve been killing myself to get back on track. But the more I tried, the more I backslid. It’s been rough!

I developed this obsession with my body. But in pursual of that body, it lead to negative thoughts about my body as it is. And that’s where I almost spiraled. I spent the last few months in a great deal of frustration. Trying to control my diet and how my body was sculpted. This resulted in binge eating and skipping gym sometimes.

I started to hate what my body looked like. That’s when I realised I was in trouble. I needed to take a step back and realise that I wasn’t being good to myself.

I hope that you never hate your body. I hope you love yourself more than others. Because trying to lose weight should never lead you to dislike yourself now.

I hope you were encouraged by that. I Hope you realise how worthy you are!

Thank you for popping in! Have a great week😘

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Reflections: On Being Each Other’s Angels

One of the posts from Noloyiso’s blog that stayed with me long after I read it was when she wrote of an incident: I Need A Hug

It’s weird how sometimes, we are so wrapped up in our own worlds and our own sorrows and it feels as if we are the only ones laboring through great difficulties but around us, are people with equal or even heavier burdens. You never know what a simple word or gesture can mean to someone else.

I believe in angels. They walk amongst us wearing a stranger’s face, sometimes even a more familiar face and we call them friends and family.

In the spirit of reflections, which this post is themed upon, when we look back on the year, may we focus on the good: the good we did, the good that happened and between that all the connections that made us keep moving forward.

Here’s to beginning the year onwards and upwards. Sometimes all we have is each other.

~B

A digital storyteller immortalizing himself the best way he knows how, by writing.

Blog: Becoming the Muse

Twitter: Beatonm5

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Nostalgia

Happy Sunday everybody!

It was a scorcher of a day on my side of the world! I hope you’ve a had a great weekend and looking forward to an even better week🙂

I spent my week up to my ears in marking – the joys of being a teacher! Something I’ve always enjoyed about English language papers, even as a high school student myself, was how thought provoking the texts always are and as I marked and read some of the answers the students gave, I was given much to think about.

This particular text was about nostalgia and how human beings have the habit of holding on to a belief that life was simpler and better in the past. We’ve all been there. We go back to our home towns and see how everything has changed. We see how young people behave and wonder what barn they were raised in that made them so disrespectful and if you are South African, you look back to when the petrol price was lower and you could afford more things than you can now! We all look back and wish we could go back!

Alas, we can’t go back to the good ole days. They were simpler and sometimes better, but you know what? Right now is simpler and in some respects, better too. We have to learn to take the bad with the good and know that in all situations, there is some good too.

Thank you for dropping by! May you have an awesome week! See you on Wednesday😘

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Discipline

Hello everybody!

What a hectic but rewarding week! I hope yours is going well so far too!

So I started this week off with a plan. Because I knew it was going to be a very demanding week especially workwise, I knew I would need a lot of discipline to get through it! And so my mind was set on being disciplined.

So tonight, I’m gonna share some pointers that helped me to maintain it. Here it is:

Discipine means Determination

No matter what aspect of your life you choose to be discplined in, you’re going to need to be determined in order to stay in it. Your mind will make up all kinds of reasons why you don’t need to go to gym today or why that work assignment can wait for later for you to do. You will need to be stubborn and force yourself to do it anyway. Make up your mind, don’t think about it; just start. Simple.

Stay calm

It’s important not to panic when obsticles come your way. You have a plan in place stick to it and don’t let the curveballs get you down, ok?

Take time to do your own thing

You are not a machine! You are allowed to get tired and you are allowed to rest. Rest, not stop. After regrouping, get back up and get on with it!

Self-improvement is a lot of work but it’s worth it because it is the one good thing you can do for yourself. You matter and you are worth every effort you put in! Don’t you forget it!

Ok, I’m done yodaring, lol. Thank you for popping in and have a beautiful remaining week😊 I’ll see you on Sunday!